Some shakeups in the animation industry are taking place. We recently learned that Paramount Pictures was ramping up its own animation division with a SpongeBob SquarePants sequel, an animated J.J. Abrams film, and adaptations of Nickelodeon shows like Dora the Explorer and The Legend of Korra. Since 2006, Paramount has handled the distribution of DreamWorks Animation’s output, but their deal is nearing a close at the end of this year.
DWA made it known that they would be seeking a deal with a different studio after Paramount requested a higher fee for bot theatrical and home video releases, and now it looks like the Shrek studio has found a new home in 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for more.
Per Deadline, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation was apparently looking at Sony Pictures as a possible distribution partner in the last few weeks, but a deal never materialized and DWA then turned to Fox. This new deal will begin in 2013 and lasts for five years, through 2017. 20th Century Fox owns Blue Sky Studios, the animation company behind the Ice Age films and Rio, but I’m not business savvy enough to conjecture how this deal affects Fox’s distribution of those animated films. DWA previously paid Paramount a 9%, but the fee negotiated for Fox has yet to be disclosed.