Tayrona, Arc Partner for 4 Animated Feature Films

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Toronto-based com­pa­nies Tay­rona Films Inc. and Arc Pro­duc­tions have aligned for a multi-picture co-production part­ner­ship to pro­duce four ani­mated fea­ture films, Tay­rona pres­i­dent James Ordonez and Arc pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer Jeff Young announced Fri­day at the Toronto Inter­na­tional Film Festival.

The Par­a­digm Motion Pic­ture Finance Group bro­kered the deal.

Tay­rona Films Inc. simul­ta­ne­ously announced that it will cre­ate Tay­rona Ani­ma­tion, which will finance and pro­duce four films with Arc Pro­duc­tions, who will addi­tion­ally pro­duce and serve as the ani­ma­tion stu­dio for the fea­ture films. The plan calls for Tay­rona and Arc to each con­tribute two films to the slate deal.

The first film is intended to be The Leg­ends Of The Under­zoo, an Arc Pro­duc­tions prop­erty, based on a screen­play by Kevin Almeida and Jeff Trep­pel. The action-adventure story fol­lows a group of ani­mal cubs, who — when their zoo is threat­ened — set out to find the trea­sure buried in the leg­endary and mys­te­ri­ous Underzoo.

Tay­rona Ani­ma­tion is devel­op­ing its prop­er­ties Dar­win: A Gala­pa­gos Story and Aurora The Spirit Bear Of The North, both writ­ten by best-selling author Erik Daniel Shein, as part of the co-production deal. The fourth co-production film is yet to be deter­mined. Tay­rona Ani­ma­tion will also release the 3D ani­mated fea­ture Leg­end of Secret Pass in Latin Amer­ica and Spain.

Arc Pro­duc­tions has served as the ani­ma­tion stu­dio on five ani­mated fea­ture films, includ­ing Gnomeo And Juliet and 9. The announce­ment fur­thers Arc’s tran­si­tion into devel­op­ing and pro­duc­ing orig­i­nal con­tent. Arc is addi­tion­ally co-producing its orig­i­nal prop­erty ORMIE with Alcon Entertainment.

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