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RichCrest Animation Now Crest Animation Prods. with Fogelson at Helm

RichCrest Animation, the U.S.-based production arm of CGI animation studio Crest Animation Studios Ltd. in India, changes its name to Crest Animation Prods. and is expanding its business to become a full-service animation studio specializing in the development and production of CGI-animated properties for theatrical, television, home entertainment and interactive distribution. DIC Ent. vet Noah Fogelson joins as ceo of Crest Animation to spearhead the expansion, leveraging a multi-million dollar injection of funds from the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment firm with approximately $25 billion in aggregate investment capital.

With the fund infusion, Crest Animation is in a position to provide the financing to develop and produce intellectual properties for worldwide distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and Internet media.

Fogelson was evp/gm at DIC Ent. (DIC), where he facilitated the company's public offering on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market in 2005. Prior to DIC, Fogelson practiced corporate and entertainment law at Greenberg Glusker in Los Angeles.

"Noah's background and extensive experience in this field are integral to the growth of Crest Animation Prods." said Seemha Ramanna, md, Crest Animation Studios. "We are thrilled to have an executive of Noah's caliber onboard who can maintain and develop our existing relationships with key US producers and distributors and at the same time propel the company forward with our new agenda."

"Our studio facilities in India enable us to produce the highest quality CGI-animated projects at a fraction of the cost of most major studio CGI features to date," said Fogelson. "Couple this with the substantial commitment from the D. E. Shaw group to finance a slate of new properties, and we are now in a position to work with partners to create a catalog of innovative intellectual properties for the global entertainment marketplace."

Founded in 1986 by Richard Rich as Rich Animation, the Los Angeles area studio was subsequently acquired by Crest. It has become widely respected in the industry for producing animated content for film and television, such as six 2D animated features (including THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN for Columbia TriStar and THE KING AND I for Warner Bros.), as well as 60 half-hours of animated television and direct-to-video content in both 2D and CGI.

India-based parent Crest Animation Studios has delivered more than 150 half hours of television and home video titles in CGI animation, working for such clients as Mike Young Prods., Mark Brown, Classic Media, Nelvana, American Greetings, Marathon and Nickelodeon. JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS, the first television series Crest animated for Mike Young Prods., received a daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program. Other recent projects include animation for such properties as Bratz, Casper, and Arthur.

Richard Rich, who began his career in feature animation at Disney, has directed eight animated features to date and will continue on at Crest Animation Prods. as president of production. The company is in development on a slate of animated features under the 2005 strategic partnership with Lionsgate Family Ent.

Crest Animation Studios develops and produces computer-generated animation products for the global theatrical feature film, home video and television entertainment markets. Crest Animation Studios has delivered more than 150 half hours of television and home video titles in CGI animation, working for such clients as Mike Young Prods., Mark Brown, Classic Media, Nelvana, American Greetings, Marathon and Nickelodeon, earning a number of awards.

Founded in 1988, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm. The D. E. Shaw group encompasses a number of closely related entities with approximately 1,000 employees, $25 billion in aggregate investment capital and offices in New York, London, Silicon Valley, Houston, Kansas City, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Bermuda, and Hyderabad and Gurgaon, India.

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