Friday, February 1, 2013
Reel FX studio in Deep Ellum names Shrek producer as head of animation
Aron Warner won an Academy Award for Shrek.
DEEP ELLUM First came the expansion announced over the summer: Reel FX — “an award-winning, animation, visual effects, design and entertainment, and commercial studio,” in the words of Mayor Mike Rawlings, no less — was growing its Deep Ellum digs with a little financial help from the city. Now comes word that Reel FX has added an Academy Award-winner to its ranks: Aron Warner, who in 2001 collected a golden statue as the producer of Shrek. He’s been officially named the studio’s president of animation.
The timing is certainly good: Reel FX, which has contributed to some of your kids’ favorite cartoons in recent years, is partnering with director-producer Guillermo del Toro on Book of Life, due in 2014, and the Owen Wilson- and Woody Harrelson-voiced Turkeys, also due next year. Also on the to-do list: adapt Dark Horse’s comic Beasts of Burden.
Warner’s no slouch: His bio touts his tenure as vice president of production at Twentieth Century Fox, where he supervised production of the some small films you’ve probably never heard of, among them Independence Day and Titanic.
“Aron Warner is one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished animation executives, and he brings sustained success, years of experience and deep relationships to overseeing our studio’s growing feature film animation division,” says Steve O’ Brien, Reel FX’s chairman and CEO, in a statement dispatched to The News. “We are excited to work with him as we continue to build a studio that produces best-in-class animated movies.”
Over on Deadline.com, Warner’s announcement is being cheered as a big deal for the Deep Ellum-HQ’d studio, with one commenter noting that “Aron developed Shrek from the being the red-headed stepchild of Dreamworks to, well, being Shrek. ReelFX should be thanking their lucky stars he’s on board. Congratulations to all involved!”
Warner, per the Reel FX announcement, will split his time between Dallas and Los Angeles.
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