Hawaii Film Partners and Toonzone Studios Prep Series for KidScreen Summit 2010
Hawaii Film Partners recently completed production on the feature film YOU MAY NOT KISS THE BRIDE, starring Rob Schneider, Dave Annable, Mena Suvari, Katharine McPhee, Vinnie Jones, Tia Carrere, Ken Davitian and Kevin Dunn. The film was directed by Rob Hedden from his original screenplay. The romantic action adventure comedy, set in Chicago and Tahiti and filmed entirely on location in Hawaii. is produced by Rann Watumull, Gina Watumull, David Jackson and Shauna Shapiro Jackson. The film will be distributed internationally by Showcase Entertainment under their agreement with Hawaii Film Partners.
Hawaii Film Partners’ first project was FLIGHT 29 DOWN, the acclaimed and award-winning international hit television show for Discovery Kids that is still airing in over 100 countries as well as on Discovery Kids. Filmed entirely in Hawaii, FLIGHT 29 DOWN is the episodic live action series that debuted on Discovery Kids on NBC in October 2005 and continued production for three seasons. The show also received a Writers Guild of America nomination for Children’s Episodic & Specials for DJ McHale’s outstanding script for the episode “Scratch.” FLIGHT 29 DOWN was produced by Stan Rogow (“Darcy’s Wild Life” and “Lizzie McGuire) and directed by DJ McHale. Rann Watumull, Gina Watumull and Shauna Shapiro Jackson are executive producers.
Rann and Gina Watumull are co-founders and senior executives at Hawaii Film Partners based in Honolulu. With the goal to help build a valuable and indigenous film industry in Hawaii, Hawaii Film Partners is dedicated to producing motion pictures and television productions on the Hawaiian Islands using location services and personnel.
David Jackson and Shauna Shapiro Jackson are president and executive vice president respectively of Showcase Entertainment, a worldwide film distribution company, and are co-owners and senior executives of Hawaii Film Partners along with Rann and Gina Watumull. Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel, Hawaii’s largest law firm also is a minority owner of Hawaii Film Partners.
ABOUT TOONZONE STUDIOS
Konnie Kwak is President and CEO of Toonzone Studios, an animation studio based in Los Angeles focused on children’s programming. Having worked for the Korean Government and closely with China, Ms. Kwak has been able to co-produce shows like GUARDIANS OF THE POWER MASKS and ACTION DAD. Toonzone is fast becoming a strong force in animation and children’s programming as well as a strong partner for co-productions and independent financing for projects. In addition to Toonzine Studios’ projects with Hawaii Film Partners, the company has signed a co-production agreement with Animation Development Company to produce pilots for network television.
Earlier in her career, she worked at Yeson Animation Studios and was successful in transforming them into one of the most prolific studios in Korea and was production executive for all the studio's productions, including “Dilbert,” “Sammy,” “Ed Edd n Eddy,” “Fairly Odd Parents,” “Family Guy” and “Oh Yeah!” Cartoon Season 2. Joining Toonzone Studios in 2001 as vice-president, she was involved with the production of Sony's feature “Eight Crazy Nights,” Fox's Emmy-award winning “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill;” Disney's “The Proud Family;” Nickelodeon's “Chalkzone,” and Warner Bros. “Mucha Lucha.”
ABOUT ANIMATION DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
Animation Development Company LLC invests in, licenses and develops animation concepts for potential television broadcast or cable series. ADC’s principals are Howard Miller, President & Chief Executive Officer and Ira Warren, Finance & Acquisitions Consultant.