John Williams, CEO of Vanguard Films and Animation, announced today the company has signed a deal with screenwriter and author Ross Venokur (The Eighth Wonder; Game Over) for three animated comedy/family films.
“Our first collaboration was the live-action project Galaxy High School, in partnership with 1492 Films and DreamWorks,” Williams commented. “Ross was also a fantastic contributor to crucial drafts of Space Chimps, and he wrote a hilarious CGI/live-action hybrid script for us called The Gnome King.”
Venokur, who has written three novels for children, including The Autobiography of Meatball Finkelstein (Bantam), began his career in television with Carsey-Werner, then moved into screenwriting with features at New Line (All Boxed Up), Warner Brothers (Piddlesticks), Jim Henson Productions (The Grump) and Universal/Jersey Films (The Manny), among others. Venokur has sold pitches to nearly every major studio and has enjoyed considerable success doing studio re-writes, including an early draft of Night at the Museum. His feature The Inner Child is in development at Walden Media; TV credits include live-action The Tick and Kenan and Kel and he is also author of the highly-praised Kenny Scharf-illustrated Haiku! Gesundheit (Simon & Schuster).