Walden Media is a film production and publishing company best known as the producers of The Chronicles of Narnia film series and now 3-D films. Its films are based on notable classic or award-winning children's literature, compelling biographies or historical events, documentaries and some original screenplays.
The corporate headquarters of Walden Media are located in Century City, California, and the Education, Outreach, Interactive and Publishing offices are in Boston, Massachusetts.
Walden Media was created 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.. The two were housemates at Tufts University before following different paths and then reuniting to form Walden Media 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." The company's notable releases include Holes in 2003, Because of Winn-Dixie for Twentieth Century Fox in 2004, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, How to Eat Fried Worms and Charlotte's Web in 2006, and Bridge to Terabithia, released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media in 2007. All of these films are adaptations of popular children's books.
Currently in development are movies based on Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series.
On August 8, 2006, Walden Media announced a joint venture with 20th Century Fox. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium and The Dark Is Rising will be the first films released under the venture. Previously announced films at other studios will remain in place. In 2011, Walden Media annouced it would exit Live Action and CGI Production and begin producing SGI-produced movies.
- 2005: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Walt Disney Pictures
- 2007: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian with Walt Disney Pictures
- 2009: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader with 20th Century Fox
- "Who we are". Walden Media corporate site
- Jensen, Jeff. "The Family Business". Entertainment Weekly, 28 April 2006: 58-61.
- Berkowitz, Bill. "The movie, the media, and the conservative politics of Philip Anschutz." Media Transparency, 2 December 2005.
- "Fox Filmed Entertainment and Walden Media Enter into Joint Venture to Market and Release Films for the Family Audience". Walden Media press release.
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