‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies Land Top Talent at Warner Animation Group (Exclusive)

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has big ambitions for its animation division, and the studio has zeroed in on the talent to help steer the ship on two popular properties.Sources tell Variety that Warners and Warner Animation Group are in negotiations with “Shaft” helmer Tim Story to direct the new “Tom and Jerry” hybrid live-action pic.

The studio has also brought on Chris Columbus as creative producer on the new “Scooby-Doo” animated movie.Warners has been strengthening its animation slate going back to production on the “The Lego Movie,” which coincided with the formation of Warner Animation Group (Wag).

Allison Abbate was tapped to oversee the division and executives including Jesse Ehrman and president of production Courtenay Valenti have made a big push to get classic titles like the Hanna-Barbera properties off the ground.The studio understands how much of its history is rooted in these iconic characters, and wants to give

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