Thursday, February 26, 2009

'Astro' set for October release

The feature version of "Astro Boy" is officially back on track for an Oct. 23 release after producer Imagi Entertainment announced it's completed a $25 million financing plan.

Imagi, which temporarily suspended "Astro Boy" production last month, said late Tuesday that the funding means it will also continue active development of the "Gatchaman" and "Tusker" projects.

The company's U.S. prexy, Erin Corbett, told Daily Variety that the company's has already called back all but 23 of its staffers to complete "Astro Boy." About 100 of Imagi's 120 staffers - most of them in Sherman Oaks -- were furloughed last month.

"We are thrilled by the incredible response to 'Astro Boy's' early film footage and stills," Corbett said.

The financing plan for Hong Kong-based Imagi includes raising operating capital both from new investors and from existing shareholders.

Imagi also disclosed that Francis Kao has resigned as chairman to devote more time to his role as chief creative officer. Kao's being succeeded by Richard Witts, who has over 35 years of experience in Asia including management posts with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Schroder Securities, United Mok Ying Kie and CLSA.

full article:, announcement from imagi

1 comment:

sweettom said...

good news? bad news?

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