Doug Schwalbe, a former senior VP of co-production for Dreamworks Animation Television, is launching the Co-Production Company, a boutique production firm specializing in finance and distribution arrangements for high end international productions. The new venture has support from France’s Superprod Group and deals with Michael Poryes and Impact X Capital, and partnerships with DreamWorks Animation, New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures, Singapore’s August Media, Brazil’s Chatrone and Mexico’s Anima Estudios.
Currently, Schwalbe has a partnership with Hannah Montana creator Michael Poryes to develop programming for the international marketplace. Schwalbe also has multi-series deals with UK Private Equity Firm Impact X Capital, for African-inspired shows with Roye Okupe’s YouNeek Studios, including Iyanu, Child of Wonder from Dark Horse Comics, as well as others.
Schwalbe is also working with former DreamWorks and Nickelodeon EVP Mark Taylor, raising equity finance for highly branded animated films with leading animation studios in Asia. Prior to launching The Co-Production Company, Doug Schwalbe was the senior VP of copros at DreamWorks Animation Television where he structured and managed coproduction arrangements for numerous properties for Netflix, TFI/CBS All Access, Nickelodeon/Teletoon, France Televisions and Universal Kids. He also structured development deals with Sky, Peacock and CBC, a live action fantasy adventure series with the BBC. Previously, he worked as exec VP, managing director at Classic Media. He also served as the international distributor for Miramax Television and headed up domestic and international sales at HBO, as well as international sales at MGM International Television and Twentieth Century Fox International in Paris.