Toonacious Family Ent. has contracted with C&I Partners to raise funds for CG and 2D animated feature films with budgets targeted from $30 to $60 million. Toonacious has a slate of five animated features in development and will oversee all aspects of production from the Burbank, California, studio.
The three founding partners, Tony Bancroft, Ben Chambers and Bo Ferger, all share a very specific vision which inspired them to make life-changing decisions five years ago to leave successful careers and join forces and their 40 collective years of entertainment, business and technical experience to form Toonacious Family Ent.
Co-founder/director Tony Bancroft (MULAN, STUART LITTLE 2) said, This has been a dream of mine since I worked at Disney, and now Toonacious is at a place where were ready to make it happen!
We really want to do something unique and different in entertainment and in business. Thats what drives us, is our desire to bring something refreshing and new to the industry, co-founder/creative exec Ben Chambers added.
Upon opening their doors in Burbank, California in February of 2001, Bancroft and partners created a Top 20 best-selling direct-to-video series, LENNY & SID, in the faith-based childrens entertainment market... Toonacious has also provided animation services for such blue chip clients as Disney, Mattel, Sony and Hasbro, affording them the opportunity to develop their unique blend of mainstream and faith-base themed productions.
A hallmark of Toonacious productions is to put out-of-the-ordinary characters into interesting yet relevant situations that evoke the full range of emotions and, above all else, are entertaining, according to Toonacious president, Bo Ferger. Having a director of Tonys caliber is what sets Toonacious Family Ent. apart from other independent studios that generally have to search out and hire that key component, said Ferger. It is absolutely critical to each project to have strong creative direction in addition to a great story and characters. We believe that we have all three.
In addition to their distinctively creative projects Tony, Ben and Bo approach business with the same sense of creative energy and excitement! We are really eager to assist Toonacious in Toonacious achieving their goal of being an impact player in the feature animation industry. Genesis Capunitan of C&I Partners said.
Toonacious Family Ent. (www.toonacious.com) is an animation-based, entertainment company co-founded by Disney veteran Bancroft and entertainment and technology veterans Chambers and Ferger.
C&I Partners Llc. (CIP, www.cipartners.org) is a consulting firm providing business development, strategic planning and capital raising services based in Los Angeles. Its partners have collectively served more than 50 institutions in media, entertainment, health care, consumer goods, automotive, technology and energy and have extensive experience in marketing strategy, corporate development and capital development advisory. The firms focus is on helping early stage and middle market companies to get to the next level of growth and financial opportunity.