Walden Media

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Walden Media, LLC.
Type Film Financing
Publishing Company
Industry Children's film
Founded 2001
Founder(s) Michael Flaherty
Cary Granat
Headquarters Los Angeles, California (corporate headquarters)
Boston, Massachusetts (Education, Outreach, Interactive and Publishing office)
, USA
Key people David Weil
(Executive Chairman)
Michael Bostick
(Chief Executive Officer)
Michael Flaherty
(President)
Philip Anschutz
(owner)
Parent Anschutz Entertainment Group
Website walden.com

Walden Media, LLC. is an American children's film investor, distributor, and publishing company best known as the producers of The Chronicles of Narnia series. Its films are based on notable classic or award-winning children's literature, compelling biographies or historical events, as well as 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.

Company history[edit]

Walden Media was founded 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 2005, How to Eat Fried Worms and Charlotte's Web in 2006, and Bridge to Terabithia, in 2007. All of these films are adaptations of popular children's books.

On August 5, 2004, Walden Media titles are distributed in the home entertainment market by Anchor Bay Entertainment, due to the 25% purchase of Starz Media. Its releases include I Am David, The Chronicles of Narnia film series, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Nim's Island, City of Ember, and Won't Back Down.

On August 8, 2006, Walden Media announced a joint venture with 20th Century Fox called FoxWalden. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising was the first films released under the venture. Previously announced films at other studios will remain in place.[4]

On August 1, 2013, the Anschutz Film Group, which includes Walden Media and Bristol Bay Productions, announced that it will cease to exist as a production company and will focus on co-financing films made by third-parties.[5]

Education program[edit]

Walden Media is unique among film production and distribution 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.[6]

Walden Media offers in-class teaching tools like educational guides and teacher kits[7] 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.[8]

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

Filmography[edit]

Distributor[edit]

Films Release Date Notes
I Am David December 3, 2004
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe December 9, 2005
Amazing Grace February 23, 2007 co-production with Bristol Bay Productions
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium November 16, 2007 co-production with Mandate Pictures
Nim's Island April 4, 2008
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian May 16, 2008
City of Ember October 10, 2008 co-production with Playtone
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader December 10, 2010
Won't Back Down September 28, 2012 co-production with Gran Via Productions
Return to Nim's Island March 15, 2013 distribution only; co-produced by Arc Entertainment
Space Warriors May 31, 2013 distribution only; co-production with Arc Entertainment
Dear Dumb Diary September 6, 2013 distribution only; co-production with Arc Entertainment
The Watsons Go to Birmingham September 20, 2013 distribution only; co-production with Arc Entertainment
The Hunters October 25, 2013 distribution only; co-production with Arc Entertainment
Pete's Christmas November 8, 2013 distribution only; co-production with Arc Entertainment

Production Company[edit]

Films Release Date Notes
Ghosts of the Abyss April 11, 2003 co-production with Walt Disney Pictures
Holes April 18, 2003 co-production with Walt Disney Pictures
Around the World in 80 Days June 16, 2004 co-production with Walt Disney Pictures
Because of Winn-Dixie February 18, 2005 co-production with 20th Century Fox
Aliens of the Deep January 28, 2005 co-production with Walt Disney Pictures
Hoot May 5, 2006 co-produced by New Line Cinema
How to Eat Fried Worms August 25, 2006 co-production with New Line Cinema
Charlotte's Web December 15, 2006 co-production with Paramount Pictures, The K Entertainment Company, and Nickelodeon Movies
Bridge to Terabithia February 16, 2007 co-production with Walt Disney Pictures
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising October 5, 2007 co-production with 20th Century Fox
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep December 25, 2007 co-production with Columbia Pictures and Revolution Studios
Journey to the Center of the Earth July 11, 2008 co-production with New Line Cinema
Bandslam August 14, 2009 co-produced by Summit Entertainment
Tooth Fairy January 22, 2010 co-production with 20th Century Fox
Ramona and Beezus July 23, 2010 co-production with 20th Century Fox
Journey to the Mysterious Island February 10, 2012 co-production with New Line Cinema
Tooth Fairy 2 March 6, 2012 co-production with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Chasing Mavericks October 26, 2012 co-production with 20th Century Fox
Parental Guidance December 28, 2012 co-production with 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment

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