Archive for the ‘Walden Media’ Category

Walden and MENC work together to promote Music Education

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Actress Vanessa Hudgens (L) and actress Aly Michalka onstage during "Bandslam" Reel Thinking Music Awareness Event at The GRAMMY Museum on May 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.MENC, the National Music Education Association, has been a vocal advocate for the new film BANDSLAM.

In its own words, MENC “believes that music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages and also to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new knowledge.” In BANDSLAM, the young characters express themselves through music: the music of their idols like David Bowie, and the music they create themselves. It plays a central role in their high school experience and the way they perceive the world around them. Main character Will played by Gaelan Connell says in the film “I tend to make snap decisions about people based upon what type of music they like.”


Ellen DeGeneres to play Mother Nature in untitled Walden Media film

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Superstar Ellen DeGeneres, Emmy award winning talk show host and comedienne, has signed on to play MOTHER NATURE in an upcoming comedy produced by Walden Media and based on an internally generated original concept.

Ellen DeGeneres stars as MOTHER NATURE, who makes her grand return to earth for the first time since the planet’s creation. Project is being written by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Jenny Bicks.

Says DeGeneres: “I’m so excited to be playing Mother Nature. I’ve always wanted to control the weather. Nothing will stop me from doing this.

Walden Media Moves into Future

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Walden Media, the production studio behind The Chronicles of Narnia, isn’t letting the dismal economy slow down its growing presence in both the movie and publishing industries. Next month Walden starts filming Beezus and Ramona, with Joey King playing Ramona and Disney star Selena Gomez as Beezus, the pest’s older sister. It’s also developing the third installment of The Chronicles of Narnia and the movie version of Ingrid Law’s 2009 Newbery Honor book Savvy.


Walden Media, Anschutz still committed to ‘Narnia’ franchise

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

As Walden Media prepares to find a new partner for its “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise, the family-friendly mini-studio finds itself at a crossroads.


AAP Honors Walden Media

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The film company behind the adaption of The Chronicles of Narnia is being honored by the AAP. For its educational efforts, and for raising the awareness of various children’s titles by turning them into movies, Walden Media is receiving the 2009 AAP Honors award.

The company was founded in 1999 and has made films based on a number of iconic children’s titles – including Holes, Because of Winn-Dixie and Bridge to Terabithia – while establishing a significant educational outreach program in the process. Walden’s president, Michael Flaherty, will be presented with the honor at the AAP’s Annual Meeting in New York on March 11.

Congratulations, Walden Media!

Margulies Perruzzi Architects Completes Office Design for Walden Media

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Margulies Perruzzi Architects (formerly Margulies & Associates) announced that it has completed the design of a 5,000 square foot office in Burlington, Massachusetts for Walden Media, the film studio behind “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

Cary Granat to leave Walden Media

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Cary Granat is leaving Walden Media, the company he co-founded. In a decision that both Granat and Walden say was mutual, Granat ceases to be co-CEO of the company that he formed for Phil Anschutz to generate educational family films and books. Michael Bostick, who came aboard as co-CEO of Walden earlier this year, will now oversee the company’s creative vision.


Walden buys rights to Tough Cookies

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Sister screenwriters Carley and Chelsea Steiner have sold “Tough Cookies,” a family-comedy spec script, to Walden Media.

The story centers on a deadbeat dad ordered by a judge to form a Girl Scout troop with his rebel daughter and her friends. The troop uses its unconventional ways to compete against snobbish rivals at the National Scout Rally.

[Hollywood Reporter]

Heather Johnson Phillips is new Marketing VP

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Congratulations to Heather Johnson Phillips, the new Marketing VP of Walden Media.


Walden, Harper team up

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Walden Media is becoming a publisher, partnering with HarperCollins Children’s Books to launch Walden Pond Press.