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Sony Pictures Animation Celebrates 10 Years


Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) announced its 10th anniversary celebration with a five-week series of special screenings featuring SPA’s animated and hybrid films. Some of these screenings include reunions with filmmakers participating in Q & As following each screening, rare footage and materials from the SPA archives and giveaways. Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures digital productions and Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of production, Sony Pictures Animation announced the series will culminate with an exclusive screening of the upcoming 3D animated comedy Hotel Transylvania, in theaters everywhere Sept. 28.

“I think these screenings and panels will give wonderful perspective as an appreciation of how far we’ve come, what we’ve achieved, and where we can go next,” Osher said.

Held in conjunction with ASIFA-Hollywood and Animation Magazine, the screenings will commence Wednesday with the spotlight on SPA’s 2006 inaugural film, Open Season. Weekly Thursday presentations on the SPA campus will feature the Academy Award-nominated Surf’s Up, the 3D animated feature Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and The Smurfs. The series will conclude with a screening of Hotel Transylvania Sept. 29 with special guests Emmy Award-winning director Genndy Tartakovsky and producer Michelle Murdocca leading the festivities.

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