Phil Roman Heads Fortitude Animation

Producer, director, animator and Film Roman founder Phil Roman has joined Los Angeles-based Fortitude Films as president of the company’s new toon division, Fortitude Animation.

Before leaving Film Roman to found Phil Roman Ent., Roman garnered seven Emmy Awards for animation work on the hit properties The Simpsons, King of the Hill and various Garfield specials. Film Roman went public in 1996 and is now owned by IDT Entertainment, which had renamed it DPS Film Roman.

Roman will oversee development of 2D and 3D features and series projects for Fortitude while he continues to develop and produce projects through Phil Roman Ent.

Last spring, Fortitude Films secured screen rights to Anglican vicar G.P. Taylor’s fantasy novel, Shadowmancer, which is rivaling the Harry Potter series in U.K. sales. Fortitude Film’s Lisa Marie Butkiewicz and producing partner Steve Delaportas have purchased the screen rights and have inked a deal with Universal Pictures to develop and distribute Shadowmancer for the big screen. The duo is also considering studio offers for Taylor’s second book, Wormwood, which was released in the U.S. two weeks ago.