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Mindjaz Developing New Animation Studio

Atlanta-based Mindjaz, one of the worlds fastest growing media companies, announced it is developing an animation division that will produce full length animated features and short films, as well as develop animated characters and features for advertisers and others. This announcement comes on the heels of the studio announcing that it will release its first feature in 2005.

A company spokesperson stated that the company is focused on developing at least one full length animated feature per year, and will utilize both in house talent as well as external contributors. "Our goal is to be a player in the world of animation," the spokesperson said. "Of course we're not trying to compete with the big boys like Pixar, Disney and DreamWorks, but we think we can simply make quality animated features that families will enjoy, that's really our only ultimate goal.

Although the company did not release specific details on script plans for its first animated feature, it did state that the feature would be an original story developed in-house. The animation division will also develop characters and stories for corporations through its creative café services such as e-learning. The group plans to have a dedicated team of writers, artists and developers who can create unique characters for stories and utilize those characters in several ways.

"Our focus is on being a great creative shop," stated ceo Zak Stroud. "We have a real opportunity to do that if we do it right.

Originally founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1999, Mindjaz launched its retooled operations in 2004. The company has been aggressively seeking acquisitions and developing media properties that will complement its core businesses in publishing, entertainment, and creative services. Mindjaz is a media firm whose enterprises include magazines, Websites, television and radio production, feature films, interactive services animation, entertainment and live events. Mindjaz is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.mindjaz.com.

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