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Walden Media
Type Film Production
Publishing Company
Founded 2001
Headquarters Los Angeles, California (corporate headquarters)
Boston, Massachusetts (Education, Outreach, Interactive and Publishing office)
, USA
Key people Michael Flaherty
Cary Granat
Philip Anschutz
Industry Motion pictures

Walden Media is a children's film production and publishing company best known as the producers of The Chronicles of Narnia film series. Its films are based on notable classic or award-winning children's literature, compelling biographies or historical events, documentaries and some original screenplays.

The corporate headquarters of Walden Media are located in Los Angeles, California, and the Education, Outreach, Interactive and Publishing office is in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Company history

Walden Media was created in 2001 by Michael Flaherty and Cary Granat. Granat was president of Miramax's Dimension Films division, and Flaherty came from the world of education. Flaherty was called an “entrepreneur in education” by the Boston Globe for his work with innovative programs meant to help underprivileged students gain access to quality education.[1]. The two were housemates at Tufts University before following different paths and then reuniting to form Walden Media[2] as a movie, television, publishing and Internet enterprise whose goal is to teach and entertain kids. The company is owned by the Christian conservative Philip Anschutz, who has said he expects their movies "to be entertaining, but also to be life affirming and to carry a moral message."[3]

The company's notable releases include Holes in 2003, Because of Winn-Dixie for Twentieth Century Fox in 2004, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, How to Eat Fried Worms and Charlotte's Web in 2006, Bridge to Terabithia, in 2007, and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media in 2008. All of these films are adaptations of popular children's books.

On August 8, 2006, Walden Media announced a joint venture with 20th Century Fox. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium and The Dark Is Rising were the first films released under the venture. Previously announced films at other studios will remain in place.[4]

Education program

Walden Media is unique among film production companies in that it works with teachers, museums, and national organizations to develop supplemental educational programs and materials associated with its films and the original events and/or novels that inspire the films.[5]

Walden Media offers in-class teaching tools like educational guides and teacher kits[6] and sponsors seminars and forums for teachers to discuss their craft and to trade ideas on using media in the classroom. Directors, writers, and stars of the productions participate in these events.

In 2006, Walden Media sponsored the "Break the World Reading Record with Charlotte’s Web". At noon on Wednesday, December 13, 547,826 readers in 2,451 locations, 50 states and 28 countries read an excerpt from Charlotte’s Web, breaking the world record of 155,528 students from 737 schools in the United Kingdom who read William Wordsworth’s poem, "Daffodils" in 2004.[7]

Criticism

After the release of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, rumors flew that Walden Media was a means for fulfilling Anschutz's Christian agenda:

We've never had a conversation about religion with him. Period, says David Weil, chief executive officer for the Anschutz Film Group. We all come from different religious backgrounds here. We all believe in a family values approach to positive messages — but religious orientation doesn't factor into it.'"[1]

In July and August 2007, Walden Media came under fire from fans of the Dark is Rising book series for liberties the company is purported to have taken with the plot in its forthcoming movie of the same title [8]. As one critic noted:

"During filming in Bucharest, Romania there was a joke on The Dark is Rising set that only three things have been changed from the original 1973 novel: the nationality of lead character Will Stanton, changed from English to American; his age changed from 11 to 13; and everything else that happens in the story. A solo quest by an 11-year-old is no longer solo; family values have been deemed out of date — the happy, loving Stanton family rewritten dysfunctional; a series of five books bereft of a single love interest has been re-imagined with the lead character chasing the fairer sex, pleading in the trailer “I can't save the world! I don't even know how to talk to a girl!” Angered, disgusted fans are reporting little interest in their hero’s new, most ordinary of plights." [9]

There is considerable speculation that the changes are due in part to the evangelical Christian beliefs of director David Cunningham, and of the 'Christian mission' sometimes attributed to Walden Media itself.

The company is named after Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Its logo is a rock skipping across a pond.

Filmography

Year Films Co-Company/ies
2002 "Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey" Giant Screen Films
2003 "Ghosts of the Abyss"
"Holes"
"I Am David"
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Lions Gate Films
2004 "Around the World in 80 Days" Walt Disney Pictures
2005 "Because of Winn-Dixie"
"Aliens of the Deep"
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
20th Century Fox
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
2006 "Hoot"
"How to Eat Fried Worms"
"Charlotte's Web"
New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema
Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies & The Kerner Entertainment Company(the only Nickelodeon Movie that was produced by Walden Media)
2007 "Bridge to Terabithia"
"The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep"
"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"
The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising"
Walt Disney Pictures
Columbia Pictures, Revolution Studios, Beacon Pictures & Ecosse Films
20th Century Fox & Mandate Pictures
20th Century Fox
2008 "Nim's Island"
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"
"Journey to the Center of the Earth"
"City of Ember"
20th Century Fox
Walt Disney Pictures
New Line Cinema
20th Century Fox
2009 "Bandslam" Summit Entertainment
2010 "Tooth Fairy"
"Ramona and Beezus"
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
TBA "The Berenstain Bears" 20th Century Fox

Published Books

  • The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
  • Mike Lupica's Comeback Kid Book Series: Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica
  • Mike Lupica's Comeback Kid Book Series: Hot Hand by Mike Lupica
  • Paddywhack Lane by Bob Fuller
  • Jim Thorpe: Original All American by Joseph Bruchac
  • Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper by Michael Reisman
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law
  • Dolphin Song by Lauren St. John
  • Mike Lupica's Comeback Kid Book Series: Safe at Home by Mike Lupica

References

  1. ^ "Who we are". Walden Media corporate site
  2. ^ Jensen, Jeff. "The Family Business". Entertainment Weekly, 28 April 2006: 58-61.
  3. ^ Berkowitz, Bill. "The movie, the media, and the conservative politics of Philip Anschutz." Media Transparency, 2 December 2005.
  4. ^ "Fox Filmed Entertainment and Walden Media Enter into Joint Venture to Market and Release Films for the Family Audience". Walden Media press release.
  5. ^ "Our Company". Walden Media corporate site
  6. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "Walden Media Works to Make Moviegoers Readers". Publisher’s Weekly, 16 January 2006.
  7. ^ Toomey, Shamus. "I’ve Never Broken a World Record". Chicago Sun-Times, 14 December 2006.
  8. ^ "The Dark Is Rising links". Authorblog, 7 August 2007.
  9. ^ Gillispe, John. "The Dark is Sinking: Book-to-Film Adaptation of Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Angers Fans". Blogcritics Magazine, 26 July 2007.

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Walden Media


Type Film Production
Publishing Company
Founded 2001
Headquarters Los Angeles, California (corporate headquarters)
Boston, Massachusetts (Education, Outreach, Interactive and Publishing office)
, USA
Key people Michael Flaherty
Cary Granat
Philip Anschutz
Industry Motion pictures


Walden Media is a children's film production and publishing company. It is best known for making The Chronicles of Narnia film series.[1] Its films are usually about famous children's literature (for example, Bridge to Terabithia), biographies or historical happenings. It was started in 2001 by Michael Flaherty and Cary Granat. Granat was the head of Dimension Films. Flaherty was interested in good education for children. The two lived together at Tufts University. They met again to make Walden Media.[2] They saw its purpose as making kids have fun. The company is owned by Christian Philip Anschutz. He said he wanted the movies "to be entertaining (fun), but also to be life affirming and to carry a moral message."[3]

References

  1. "Walden Media". walden.com. http://www.walden.com/. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  2. "The Family Business". ew.com. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1186021,00.html. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  3. Berkowitz, Bill. "The movie, the media, and the conservative politics of Philip Anschutz." Media Transparency, 2 December 2005.

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