Firefly, Ballad Venture into Production

Project Firefly LLC, one of several animation studios to emerge from the demise of Disney’s traditional toon operations, has banded with The Ballad Group LLC to launch a new joint venture aimed at producing, promoting and packaging original properties for worldwide film and television distribution.

“We are excited to enter into this relationship with The Ballad Group and know that the complement of both parties’ strengths will allow us to use our creative talent and proven experience to produce a multiple number of original properties, most notably a full-length animated feature film,” says Project Firefly co-founder and president Dominic Carola.

Glenn Dewitt, president and creative director for The Ballad Group, adds, “Our mission is to create musical and theatrical productions for both traditional and new media that have youthful appeal and convey’positive ideals.”

Project Firefly is currently animating the title character in Universal Pictures’ and Imagine Ent.’s Curious George, handling roughly a quarter of the film which is slated to swing into theaters in February 2006. In addition to providing both 2D and 3D animation services for theatrical releases, home video products, television series, commercials and interactive media, the company generates original content. Its TV pilot, Farm Force, recently won the Nicktoons’ Nextoons Film Festival Viewer’s Choice Award.

More information on Project Firefly Animation Studios and The Ballad Group can be found at www.projectfirefly.com and www.theballadgroup.com, respectively.