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Regency Gets First CG Feature with Ollie the Otter

Regency Enterprises and CritterPix Studios will develop Regency's first-ever CG animated feature film, based on the children's bestseller OLLIE THE OTTER by Kelly Alan Williamson. Regency will head creative development on the picture as well as has the option of investing in CritterPix and to co-finance the movie's production. Longtime Don Bluth producing partner Gary Goldman will direct the film. JC Davis, founder of Johnny Cat Prods., will exec produce.

The story follows a courageous sea otter who leads a group of domesticated sea park friends to save his family from perishing at the hands of Skull, the rogue and amazingly vain killer whale.

"We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with CritterPix," said David Matalon, Regency's president. "CritterPix is a fresh animation voice that is fortified with talented story-telling veterans. The creative collaboration between our two companies will bring all of these lovable OLLIE THE OTTER characters to audiences around the world."

CritterPix founder and president, Kelly Williamson added, "Our agreement with Regency allows us to partner with the highest caliber creative partner we could have imagined. This is a testament to the tremendous enthusiasm for the OLLIE THE OTTER project and complements Regency's reputation of developing quality movies that are also commercial successes. Our relationship centers around creating and distributing great family entertainment as we look ahead to a partnership with unlimited potential."

Regency Enterprises was founded in 1991 by Arnon Milchan. New Regency has produced 70 films over the years, including JFK, the three-movie franchise of FREE WILLY and L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, among many others. For more information, visit www.newregency.com.

CritterPix Studios is an animation studio that combines original stories and computer generated artistry for kids and adults alike. More information can be found at www.critterpix.com.

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