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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Neil Leyden's Screenwriting deal

Digital Hub writer in movie deal Dublin-based animation scriptwriter signs deal with creator of Mulan - Read the full story here. (Silicon Republic) (IFTN),,176-2092006,00.html (Sunday Times)

Neil Leyden, an Irish writer based in The Digital Hub in Dublin, has just signed an option for his first feature length animation script with Danish based production company, Fiddler’s Green. The script titled "Alphabet City" is a children’s fantasy which will be produced entirely in CGI.
Fiddler's Green was set up by Hollywood screenwriter, Philip Lazebnik whose screen credits include Disney's "Mulan" and "Pocohantas" as well as "The Prince of Egypt" for Dreamworks. He is developing the script in partnership with European animation studio, A Films.

The film is set to be directed by Oscar nominated European director Stefan Fjeldmark who most recently directed "Asterix and the Vikings", the biggest animated feature ever produced in Europe. He also directd "Help, I’m a Fish!" in 2000.

This is Leyden’s first feature-length animation script, although he has written many live action scripts. He is currently working on a second animation project which has garnered significant interest from a number of US production companies.

Leyden’s own media consultancy company, Calico Media (, is based in The Digital Hub cluster in Dublin city and it has proved a fertile creative ground for his screenwriting pursuits as he is surrounded by a wealth of television, animation and games production companies."

posted by Neil Leyden @ 6:23 p.m.


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