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Noodlesoup Productions Part Company with Jeff Nodelman(October 21, 2005)
Animation studio Noodlesoup Productions and founder Jeff Nodelman have reached an agreement that will release Nodelman to pursue his own independent portfolio while continuing to collaborate periodically with the studio on specific projects, according to Nathan Graf, CEO of Noodlesoup. “We wish him much luck in all his pursuits,” said Graf.
He stated that going forward the studio is implementing a ramped up original project development model to include an expanded slate of projects, licensing objectives and new opportunities.
As part of these new initiatives, Noodlesoup is collaborating with MSN on “Music Man,” MSN Messenger’s new breakthrough application showcased in the activities window during a chat. It dynamically translates chat text into original live music—in the user’s favorite musical genre—accompanied by an animated jam-band that brings the whole experience to life. Noodlesoup pitched the concept to MSN, built the software application, recorded the original music and produced the animation. Said Graf, “We are excited to be working with the Microsoft team on this brand new addition to MSN’s Messenger platform. Music Man is a great example of how MSN is pushing the envelope to provide the most compelling and engaging user experience.” Music Man is now live on MSN Messenger.
At the same time, the studio is increasing emphasis and is investing in services for commercials and entertainment projects, including the production of 13 half-hours of the second season of “The Venture Bros.” for The Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” program block. Noodlesoup also produced a live-action “Venture Bros.” spoof special for “The Venture Bros.” DVD release. The studio produced the initial 2003-04 season of the series.
“Noodlesoup is a great animation company,” said Nathania Seales, Director of Production for Cartoon Network On-Air Productions. “Their sense of style, wit and unbelievably talented animators is exactly right for this project. They've got a great reputation and have done excellent work on the ‘Adult Swim’ series, ‘The Venture Bros.’ We are excited to be working with Noodlesoup.”
The studio is in production on four shorts for Cartoon Network’s “Sunday Pants,” a Habbo animated short and an opening sequence for MTV’s “Chico & Guapo.”
Noodlesoup is also bringing the beloved “Sesame Street” book, “Too Big for Diapers,” to life featuring baby Ernie and Bert as an animated DVD extra for “Sesame Street’s” video release “Elmo’s Potty Time.”
The studio recently completed production on a spot for Earthlink, an E-Link desktop launch application, is currently working on a CGI spot for Chloraseptic and is launching “The Bridge,” an incubator development initiative.
Noodlesoup numbers Miramax, Warner Bros., Disney, Microsoft, IFC, The History Channel, MTV, Cartoon Network, Rainbow Media, Razor & Tie, Universal and Fox Network among its corporate clients.
For more information about Noodlesoup Productions, please visit: http://www.noodlesoup.net
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