Animation Veteran Max Howard Appointed President Of Exodus Film Group
Former Disney And Warner Bros. Animation Executive To Head Independent Film Studio
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 8, 2007) Exodus Film Groups chief executive officer, John D. Eraklis, announced today that seasoned animation executive Max Howard has joined the company as president. Howard was formerly president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation and senior vice president of Disney Feature Animation. Throughout his extensive animation career he has been instrumental in the establishment of a number of first-class animation studios around the world.
During his twelve years at Disney, Howard was one of the senior architects of the companys animation renaissance, collaborating on such animation successes as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Lion King. At Warner Bros., he oversaw the award-winning animated feature The Iron Giant and the international hit Space Jam. More recently he was an executive producer on Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron for DreamWorks Animation.
Max is one of the most talented and experienced animation executives in the business today, said Eraklis. His track record of building outstanding animation teams worldwide is unparalleled. We couldnt be more pleased that hes joined our team.
The time has come in feature animation where independently financing and producing films is a viable business with burdensome and expensive technology no longer being an obstacle, added Howard. I am thrilled to be joining a terrific company whose focus is on bringing fun and compelling stories to the screen.
Set for a fall 2008 release, Exodus CG-animated feature film Igor is currently in production and will be distributed by The Weinstein Company. TWC has an all-encompassing theatrical and DVD distribution deal including North America as well as representing international rights. TWC secured film distribution for most foreign territories at last years Cannes Film Festival and American Film Market.
"Igor" is an irreverent comedy that brings a new twist to the classic monster genre. It tells the story of an evil scientist's hunchbacked lab assistant with big dreams of becoming a scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair.
The films stellar voice talent includes:
- Emmy winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Cars) in the role of Dr. Schadenfreude, Igors nemesis
- Late night talk show host Jay Leno (Cars, Ice Age 2) as King Malbert, Malarias shrewd and fiendish ruler
- Perennial siren Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie movies, For Your Consideration) as Sybil, the village vixen
- Molly Shannon (Talladega Nights, Saturday Night Live) as Eva, a giant, indestructible Monster invented by Igor
- Steve Buscemi (Charlottes Web, Fargo) as Scamper, Igors super intelligent and ill-tempered lab rabbit
- John Cleese (Shrek 2 & 3, Valiant) as Dr. Glickenstein, Igors evil master
- Christian Slater (Bobby, Windtalkers) as Igor
Award-winning animation veteran Tony Leondis (The Prince of Egypt, Lilo & Stitch 2) is directing the screenplay by Chris McKenna (American Dad). Eraklis and Howard are producing with Eric Robinson overseeing on behalf of The Weinstein Company.
Howards memberships and board appointments include the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), and Association Internationale Du Film DAnimation (ASIFA). He has received ASIFA-Hollywoods Certificate of Merit and UNICEFs Children Fund Award.