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Monday - February 19, 2001
- Pictures From Premiere of Lady and the Tramp II
- Stuart Little 2 Filming to Begin in March
- Will Vinton Studios Names New President of Entertainment Division

Pictures From Premiere of Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
Late last week, Disney held the World Premiere of "Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure" at the El Capitan in Hollywood. Celebrities attending were cast members Scott Wolf, Chazz Palminteri & Cathy Moriarty, Rosanna Arquette, Gloria Estefan, Teri Hatcher, Marlee Matlin among others. Here are some pictures from the event:

Emilio, Gloria Estefan & daughter Emily Marie at the World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures Video and DVD release of "Lady and The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure"

Cathy Moriarty, husband Joseph Gentile & twins Catherine-Patricia & Jason-John at the World Premiere of "Lady and The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure"

Sharon Morrill (EVP, Walt Disney Television Animation), Robert Chapek (Pres., Buena Vista Home Ent, North America), Richard Cook (Chairman, The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group) & David Stainton (EVP, Walt Disney Television Animation) at the World Premiere.

Richard Cook (Chairman, The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group), Scott Wolf & Robert Chapek (Pres., Buena Vista Home Ent, North America) at the World Premiere.

Cast Members Cathy Moriarty, Jodi Benson, Scott Wolf & Chazz Palminteri at the World Premiere of "Lady and The Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure"

"Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure" is being released to video and DVD on February 27, 2001.

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Stuart Little 2 Filming to Begin in March
Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Nathan Lane and Steve Zahn, who starred in the original Stuart Little, have signed on to star in Columbia Pictures' family comedy, Stuart Little 2. The film will begin shooting in a few weeks under director Rob Minkoff for Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon Entertainment.

Based on the classic children's book by E. B. White, Stuart Little chronicled the adventures of the Littles (Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie and Jonathan Lipnicki), the human family who brings up a mouse, Stuart (voiced by Michael J. Fox), as their own son. The mouse was CGI created.

Stuart Little had a strong presence at the box office, as the blockbuster earned over $300 million worldwide and a 2000 Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) returns to direct Stuart Little 2, which is being produced by Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. Jason Clark will executive produce with Minkoff. Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay for Ghost, wrote the screenplay for the sequel. Tony Bancroft (co-director of Mulan) serves as animation supervisor.
Michael J. Fox, who provides the voice of Stuart Little, most recently starred on the hit ABC series "Spin City" as Deputy Mayor Michael Flaherty and served as the show's executive producer. Fox earned an Emmy, three Golden Globe Awards, two SAG Awards and a People's Choice Award for his performance.

Stuart Little 2 is slated for release in summer 2002.

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Jeffrey Auerbach Named President, Entertainment Division At Will Vinton Studios
Jeffrey Auerbach, an Emmy Award-winning producer/writer and entertainment executive, has been named President, Entertainment Division at Will Vinton Studios, a leading dimensional character animation company. The appointment, announced by Tom Turpin, President and CEO of Will Vinton Studios, is effective immediately. Auerbach, who will report to Turpin, will be based at Will Vinton Studios in Los Angeles, but will also maintain an office at the company's Portland headquarters. He will be responsible for all daily creative development and production activities in television and film and will serve as Executive Producer on all future Will Vinton Studios projects, along with Turpin and Will Vinton Studios Chairman Will Vinton.

According to Turpin, "Jeff is a tremendous addition to our executive ranks with a strong creative instinct and a diverse entertainment background. His extensive experience in all forms of television and film production will be immensely valuable as we focus on utilizing the studio's unique creative abilities to tell stories which others can't tell."

Will Vinton Studios, based in Portland, Oregon with offices in Los Angeles and New York, is the creator of the trademarked stop-motion animation technique called Claymation. Will Vinton Studios has two Academy Award winning directors, and has won seven prime time Emmy Awards. In addition to producing the Emmy Award-winning "The PJs" in partnership with Imagine Entertainment and Eddie Murphy Productions for the WB, and "Gary & Mike" in association with Big Ticket Television for UPN, WVS is the largest provider of animated commercial spots in the world, including the animated M&Ms and the California Raisins, one of the most honored campaigns in advertising history. These campaigns, among others, have been included in numerous "Best Commercials of All Time" lists from national and international media.

"Will Vinton Studios is a uniquely innovative entertainment company," says Auerbach. "As a self-contained studio, the company has been able to generate an incredibly creative culture where top directors, writers, and animation artists are nurtured. I'm looking forward to applying the studio's trademark 'edgy' creative sensibility to live action television and films while preserving and enhancing our core animation brand. I envision forming unique creative partnerships with the industry's top talent and showing them that Will Vinton Studios is an unbelievable sandbox in which to play."

Will Vinton Studios currently has primetime pilots and event programming in development at ABC, UPN, and the WB. Under Auerbach's supervision, the company also will move aggressively into the feature film arena, where it currently is partnered with Mel Gibson's Icon Productions on a feature film project inspired by the blockbuster success of the WVS produced Nissan Toys commercial, named one of television's best commercials by TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today, among others. The spot, considered an advertising landmark, is set to The Kinks' classic "You Really Got Me Now."

Before joining WVS, Auerbach, a member of both WGA and DGA, was an independent producer of comedy and drama programming under an overall development and production deal with Columbia TriStar Television.

Prior to his association with Columbia TriStar Television, Auerbach had an overall development and production deal with Hearst Entertainment, where he produced the acclaimed Lifetime Original Movie, "A Chance of Snow." Before becoming an independent producer, he was Vice President, Movies & Miniseries at Hearst Entertainment, responsible for all development of network and cable films.

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