In a bid to capture young audiences brought up on computers, video games and the Internet, three award-winning animation industry veterans have teamed up to form phuuz ent., a new multi-media company. The founding team is made up of Emmy Award-winning producer/director and former Film Roman executive creative director Eric Radomski, former Warner Bros. VP of production at Animation Ken Duer and former LEVEL13.NET (Film Roman’s online entertainment site) VP and GM Jay Francis.
The new company will develop original properties for the video game, wireless, DVD and internet markets, as well as television, film and comic books/graphic novels. Ancillary markets including toys, fashion, advertising and music will also be targeted.
phuuz ent. hits the ground running with a slate of projects including an English-language adaptation of the Japanese animated series Lupin the Third for Pioneer Ent. Acting as an agent on behalf of Pioneer, phuuz also sold the series to Cartoon Network and is also producing an English version of the Lupin PlayStation game for Japan’s Banpresto, a Bandai company. In addition, the team recently worked with DPS/Film Roman to complete the independent film Jorge.
Eric Radomski is currently producing the Kids’ WB! action/comedy/adventure series Xiaolin Showdown for Warner Bros. Animation. He is one of the founders of LEVEL13.NET, an alternative outlet that launched the animated shorts Hairballs and Tripping the Rift, which have gone into development at MTV and Sci Fi Channel respectively. While at Warner Bros., Radomski developed and produced Batman the Series and produced and directed the animated Batman feature Mask of the Phantasm. He also produced and directed Todd McFarlane’s animated Spawn series during his tenure at HBO Animation.
Japan native Ken Duer spent 11 years at Warner Bros. Animation, where he played a key role in the production of such series as Batman, Animaniacs, Scooby-Doo, Freakazoid, Tiny Toons, Johnny Bravo, Syvester and Tweety and Superman. He also helped acquire the hit Japanese animation series Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monsters for Warner Bros. and, as an independent producer, supervised production on the Animatrix DVD for Warner Bros. Home Video, Joel Silver Pictures, Eon Ent. and Japan’s Marvelous Ent.
Before assuming the role of GM and VP of LEVEL13.NET, Jay Francis was a founding partner of Lil’ Gangster Entertainment, a boutique animation studio with offices in Los Angeles and Paris. During his stint at DIC Ent. he supervised such animated series as Dennis the Menace, Inspector Gadget, Madeline and The Real Ghostbusters.