Starz takes wraps on ani studio


TORONTO -- U.S. producer Starz Entertainment on Tuesday will officially open its Canadian 3-D animation studio in Toronto.

Among the first projects to emerge from the computer-generated Starz Animation Toronto facility will be "9," the animated thriller co-produced by Tim Burton.

The 45,000-square-foot Starz cartoon factory in Toronto was formerly DKP Studios, the production house launched by Dan Krech in 1985 and sold to IDT Entertainment in 2004. IDT was subsequently sold in 2006 to Liberty Media Corp., the parent of Starz LLC.

Operating as part of the Burbank-based Starz Media division, the 3-D animation studio is headed by executive vp David Steinberg and will produce feature films, direct-to-video product and primetime and Saturday morning cartoon series.