Waterman Entertainment, the animation and live-action production company founded by Stuart Little and Alvin & The Chipmunks executive producer Steve Waterman has acquired animation giant, Film Roman. Under the new structure, Film Roman’s Dana Booton has been promoted from general manager to president of production where she will continue to oversee the day-to-day business of the company, in addition to her new responsibilities of managing co-productions and development.
Additionally, Phil Roman is returning as chairman emeritus, to the company that he founded in 1984, serving in advisory capacity and working closely with Booton, Waterman and the development team on the creative vision for the company and its subsequent projects.
“Film Roman is one of the defining names in animated content,” said Waterman. “Their track record is unparalleled and their team’s passion for executing top-shelf animation is evident in every frame they’ve created. Once it became clear how thoroughly our companies’ assets complemented each other, this deal was almost a foregone conclusion.”
Under the new structure, Film Roman will gain the necessary support to expand their business model to acquire, develop and produce original ideas/concepts for television, feature film and digital media while absorbing Waterman’s development slate that includes such titles as Brave Little Toaster, Heathcliff and Mr. Ed.
In addition, Film Roman will continue to work on marquee projects like The Simpsons and Marvels’ ULTIMATE Spider-Man.
“Now with Waterman, Film Roman enters a new phase where we have the additional resources required to fully support development of projects and new IP while continuing to work with our long time clients and productions,” said Booton. “Equally, we are delighted to welcome Phil back as our chairman emeritus and have his legend return to the studio he created. Phil hired and mentored many of our leading artists in the industry today.”