Sony Pictures Animation & Sony Pictures Imageworks Score Studio Record 16 Annie Award Nominations On Anniversary Year

  Sony Pictures Animation & Sony Pictures Imageworks Score Studio Record 16
                 Annie Award Nominations On Anniversary Year

Genndy Tartakovksy's Hotel Transylvania leads with 8 Annie nods including
Feature Film, Director; animated short Goodnight Mr Foot and Imageworks'
Visual Effects on The Amazing Spider-Man also recognized as Sony Pictures
Imageworks celebrates its 20th anniversary and Sony Pictures Animation its

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CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012

CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Sony Pictures Digital
Productions (SPDP) racked up a solid 16 Annie Award nominations for 2012, the
highest in the company's history, including eight nods for the Sony Pictures
Animation (SPA) monster hit Hotel Transylvania, it was announced Monday by
ASIFA-Hollywood, the international animated film society. The 40^th annual
Annie Awards ceremony will be held February 2, 2013 at UCLA's Royce Hall in
Los Angeles.

Beyond, Hotel Transylvania's eight nominations, ASIFA Hollywood also
recognized Aardman's The Pirates! Band of Misfits which is a Columbia Pictures
and Sony Pictures Animation co-presentation, with five nominations a pair of
nods for Sony Pictures Imageworks' visual l effects work on The Amazing
Spider-Man and for Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartakovsky's hand drawn
animated short film Goodnight, Mr. Foot in the category of Best Animated Short

"I'm very proud of the industry-wide appreciation for Sony Pictures
Animation's films and Sony Pictures Imageworks' visual effects work to
Genndy's delightful short film," said Bob Osher President, SPDP. "This is a
banner year for our division as Sony Pictures Imageworks is turning 20 and
Sony Pictures Animation 10 and, with so many exciting plans for 2013, this is
just the start of great things to come."

Hotel Transylvania received Annie nominations in the categories of Best
Animated Feature, Direction (Tartakovsky), Music (Mark Mothersbaugh),
Production Design (Marcelo Vignali), Voice Acting (Adam Sandler), Editorial
(Catherine Apple) and twice for Character Design (Carlos Grangel, Carter

Aardman's The Pirates! Band of Misfitsreceived fivenominations in the
categories of Best Animated Feature, Animation (Will Becher), Production
Design (Norman Garwood, Matt Berry), Voice Acting (Imelda Staunton) and
Writing (Gideon Defoe).

Sony Pictures Imageworks was recognized for its visual effects work on the
blockbuster film The Amazing Spider-Man. Led by Imageworks Visual Effects
Supervisor Jerome Chen, the film received nominations in the categories of
Effects (Stephen Marshall, Joseph Pepper, Dustin Wicke) and Animation (Mike
Beaulieu, Roger Vizard, Atsushi Sato, Jackie Koehler, Derek Esparza, Richard
Smith, Max Tyrie).

Hotel Transylvania arrives on 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on January 29,
2013 and features the Annie nominated short Goodnight, Mr. Foot. Double Annie
nominee Tartakovsky is presently directing Sony Pictures Animation's
highly-anticipated feature film Popeye, which is slated for release in
September 2014. Aardman's The Pirates! Band of Misfits is now available on
DVD, as is the animated holiday delight Arthur Christmas.

Smurfs fans will get a double dose of the Belgian blue creatures over the next
year, starting with Sony Pictures Animation's short The Smurfs: A Christmas
Carol, directed by Troy Quane, premieres this Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30
p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. The studio is also busily preparing The Smurfs
2 for theatrical release on July 31, 2013.

Sony Pictures Animation will also release Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,
directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, on September 27, 2013.

Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for
audiences around the world. The studio is following its
worldwidecomedyhits—the 2012 monster hit comedy Hotel Transylvania(3D), the
2011hybrid live action/animated blockbuster,The Smurfs(3D) andthe2009
mouth-wateringCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs(3D)—with The Smurfs 2 (3D)
in July 2013 and a sequel to Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (3D) in
September 2013. Sony Pictures Animation, in conjunction with Aardman
Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films: the
CG-animated family comedyArthurChristmas(3D); and the stop-frame animated
high-seas adventure,The Pirates! Band of Misfits(3D). In 2007,Surf's
Upreceived anAcademy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. The
division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie
franchise, is turning 10 this year. Sony Pictures Animation is an operating
unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.


Sony Pictures Imageworks is the Academy Award® winning visual effects and
animation unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions known for live-action
visual effects and dynamic creature and character animation, all-CG animation,
and stereoscopic 3D imagery. The company, which is celebrating its 20th
anniversary this year, is currently in production on Oz the Great and
Powerful, animated feature Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers (3D) and the
hybrid live-action/animation film The Smurfs 2. Other recent credits include
Hotel Transylvania (3D), The Amazing Spider-Man (3D), Men in Black 3 (3D), The
Smurfs (3D), Alice in Wonderland (3D) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


SOURCE Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Imageworks

Contact: Olivier Mouroux, Vice President, Publicity & Corporate
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