Animation House Film Roman Bought By Waterman Entertainment

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Animation House Film Roman Bought By Waterman Entertainment

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting (as they are wont to do) that Waterman Entertainment, the animation and live-action production company, has acquired the Burbank-based animation company Film Roman from Starz, it was announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Film Roman is one of the defining names in animated content,” Waterman said in announcing the acquisition.  “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.

Dana Booton, who has been serving as Film Roman’s general manager, has been promoted to president of production. She will continue to oversee the company’s day-to-day business while also managing development and co-productions. Phil Roman, who founded Film Roman in 1984, is returning in the role of chairman emeritus and has been working with Booton and Waterman founder Steve Waterman.

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Eric T. Elder

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Eric T. Elder and I am an Animation and Video Game Producer in Los Angeles.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I had a couple of cool service jobs before getting into animation full time. I was the “King of Room Service” at the Hotel Atop the Bellvue one of the oldest hotels in the country and got to see some interesting celebrities Winona Ryder, Sherman Hemsley, The Edge from U2.  Then I was a singing waiter on the Spirit of Philadelphia and my solo song was “The Rainbow Connection” from the muppet movie. I also had a retail job at a Warner Brothers studio store selling prints and cells of classic Looney Tunes.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I am definitely proud to be part of the team that created King of the Hill. My favorite sequence was one of my last where I made Peggy a rapper. Also I’m really proud of the Game Wizards program I created at the Art Institute in Santa Monica where I trained many successful people to work in Video Games.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m originally from Philadelphia where there were at the time just one small animation studio called the Production House. I worked on a project there which was an infomercial for baby formula. That was the first Continue…

Don Cameron

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Don Cameron and I am currently background and prop supervisor on the Ultimate Spiderman at Film Roman.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Probably Dead Space. When you consider the schedule we had the fact it was even completed was astounding. It was cool to be a part the The Batman Animated Series but I was a small part of that.

How did you become interested in animation?
Warner cartoons and Disney, wouldn’t the answer be pretty much the same for anyone my age?

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Glasgow Scotland. I got into animation from a chance meeting at the Christmas party DC Comics used to hold out here. It was at the Wilshire Abel Theater and I was introduced to Chuck Patton by Mike Vosburg. Chuck offered to Continue…

James McDermott

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What is your name and your current occupation?
James McDermott, currently I’m the Character Design Lead on a newPrimetime FOX series being produced at Bento Box called “AllenGregory”.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting intoanimation?
My first job, I worked as a kids counselor at a summer camp when I was 14. I was incharge of twenty 6 year old kids every week. Looking back on it I’mnot quite sure how I did that but I did it with joy. I once was asked to dress up as a feltfilm strip character in front of a boardroom full of people, selling itas a brand hallmark for a movie theater chain, I forget which one, for$100 while in art school. Needless to say it was very embarrassing atthe time as a teenager.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been apart of?
Well even though it was cancelled, my time on “Neighbors from Hell” was probably one of the better experiences I’ve  had in production. I loved the style of the show, so much fun to draw. I had the opportunity to work with Continue…

John Mathot


What is your name?
John Mathot

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I’ve never had as much fun creating & producing my own pilots.  “Fred Again” for WB Online, and “Bagboy!” for Cartoon Network were both a total gas.  I’d do more episodes in a heartbeat. It was an honor to work on “The Simpsons” for nearly 18 years.  Again, tons of fun to work on, and the crew was a blast to work with.

How did you become interested in animation?
Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved it.  I made many stop-motion films in grade school.  Once I saw the “Dragon’s Lair” arcade game in 1983, I realized that animation didn’t have to be just for kids.  That was the moment — it was gung-ho ever since.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from a suburb of Boston, and went to Rhode Island School of Design in the film/video/animation program.  I came to California (first time ever on an airplane), and searched for an entry-level job for a few months.  After blanketing the town with resumes and Continue…

Chance Raspberry

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Chance Raspberry. I’m a character layout artist on The Simpsons, and am currently producing my own animated projects.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
In high school, I was hired by two soccer coaches to design their brochure.  They paid me $300, so I worked on it during 3rd period art class.  My first full-time job was as a customer service phone rep at Washington Mutual Bank (now Chase.)

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of? 
The industry gigs I’ve worked on have been a great honor, and I’m proud to say I was a part of them all.  These include The Simpsons TV series (Seasons 18-22), The Simpsons Movie, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends (Christmas Special – “A Lost Claus”), Rob Zombie’s: The Haunted World of El Super Beasto, and the second Family Guy trading card series.
How did you become interested in animation? 
It all started around age 3 or 4 when my parents began renting video tapes of all the old cartoons they used to watch.  This is how I was introduced to Fleischer, Disney, Looney Tunes, Tex Avery, Don Bluth, etc.  From there, I started Continue…