Starz sells animation group behind 'Simpsons'

Film Roman also produced 'King of the Hill'

NEW YORK -- Starz Media said Monday it has agreed to sell animation studio Film Roman to a group of investors led by former Film Roman president Scott Greenberg.

Financial terms weren't disclosed. The deal was announced by Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht and Greenberg.

The sale is another move by Starz boss Albrecht to refocus the company after selling parts of Overture Films to Relativity Media this summer. This leaves Starz with home entertainment business Anchor Bay, which it is likely to keep, and the Starz Animation studio in Canada.

Film Roman had produced such animation as Fox Television/Gracie Films' "The Simpsons," Fox Television's "King of the Hill," Marvel Entertainment's "Super Hero Squad," "The Avengers" and "Ultimate Spider-Man" and MTV's "Beavis and Butt-Head."

"We have the utmost respect for the people of Film Roman and the work they produce," Albrecht said. "We wish Scott and his team nothing but success with this new venture."

Greenberg said he was looking "to make Film Roman the preeminent TV animation company, creating brands that work in a multiplatform environment worldwide."

After leaving Film Roman in 2008, Greenberg and animation producers Mark McJimsey and Joel Kuwahara co-founded the animation company Bento Box Entertainment.

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