EXCLUSIVE: Parisian studio Superprod has acquired The Co-Production Company, the New York company launched last year by former DreamWorks executive Doug Schwalbe to finance and distribute international productions.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, which strengthens Superprod’s development and production footprint in the United States through an extensive bicoastal presence.
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Schwalbe, formerly SVP of co-production for DreamWorks Animated Television, is president of new subsidiary Superprod US Inc. Former Cartoon Network executive Tatiana Krokar is vice president.
Krokar, based in Los Angeles, co-reports to Schwalbe and Superprod SVP, Animation, Virginie Creance. Krokar’s roles at Cartoon Network included Director of Development, Original Series, responsible for acquiring and developing projects, most notably with Justin Roiland (rick and morty), Andy Ristaino (adventure time) and James Burk (Bird & Squirrel). Since 2019, she has been developing, creating and writing original television content.
Shwalbe launched The Co-Production Company in March 2021 with Superprod as its first backer. Prior to DreamWorks, he was EVP, Managing Director, at Classic Media; founded the production and distribution company Splendid Television; led global sales at HBO; was vice president of marketing and co-production for 20th Century Fox in Paris; and was director of sales and co-production for MGM in Los Angeles.
He will work closely with Superprod Founders CEO Clément Calvet and COO Jérémie Fajner to expand the company’s decade-old North American footprint and manage and produce a diverse lineup of live and animated productions.
“Doug’s expertise in acquiring exceptional intellectual property, developing projects, securing financing and finding distribution partners is unmatched,” said Calvet. “He will be a tremendous asset to Superprod – both working on existing projects and bringing new content and concepts into the business to develop. We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome him to Superprod.
“Superprod has worked aggressively to expand its global footprint,” Fajner added. “Bringing Doug to our team and adding the assets and equity associated with The Co-Production Company allows us to strengthen our North American presence in an immediately impactful and extremely effective way.”
The list of children’s television productions currently under The Co-Production Company banner will remain active, including Home Sweet Rome, Iyanu: Child of Wonders; Way of the Pisces; and Bird’s eye view.
Superprod has animation studios in Paris, Angoulême and Milan and offices in LA and New York. He is behind Superprod Animation, Superprod Drama, Superprod Films, Superights (for international distribution) and the music rights management platform 440Hz. The company has four feature films, one live-action series and six animated series in production for Netflix, HBO Max, Universal Pictures, Nickelodeon, Canal Plus, France Télévisions, BBC, RAI and others.
The anime rate includes children’s series Anna and her friends. Upcoming feature films include Mr. Blake at your service with John Malkovich and Fanny Ardant, The Luluswith François Damiens, and Untitled Steve Box Animated Film.
“It has been a great pleasure for me, both personally and professionally, to work with Clément and Jérémie since the creation of Superprod ten years ago,” said Schwalbe. “They have created an incredible production and distribution organization and we see many exciting opportunities to continue to grow the business while expanding its North American presence.”
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