Walden Media

Walden Media
Film Production
Publishing Company
Founded2001
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California (corporate headquarters)
Boston, Massachusetts (Education, Outreach, Interactive and Publishing office), USA
Key peopleMichael Flaherty
Cary Granat
Philip_Anschutz
IndustryMotion pictures
Walden Media is a film production and publishing company best known as the producers of The Chronicles of Narnia film series. 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 Los Angeles, California, and the Education, Outreach, Interactive and Publishing office is in Boston, Massachusetts.

Company history

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.[1]. The two were housemates at Tufts University before following different paths and then reuniting to form Walden Media[2] 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."[3]

The company's notable releases include Holes in 2003, Because of Winn-Dixie for Twentieth Century Fox in 2004, 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 , Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, 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.[4]

Education program

Walden Media is unique among film production companies in that it works with teachers, museums, and national organizations to develop supplemental educational programs and materials associated with its films and the original events and/or novels that inspire the films.[5]

Walden Media offers in-class teaching tools like educational guides and teacher kits[6] and sponsors seminars and forums for teachers to discuss their craft and to trade ideas on using media in the classroom. Directors, writers, and stars of the productions participate in these events.

In 2006, Walden Media sponsored the "Break the World Reading Record with Charlotte’s Web". At noon on Wednesday, December 13th, 547,826 readers in 2,451 locations, 50 states and 28 countries read an excerpt from Charlotte’s Web, breaking the world record of 155,528 students from 737 schools in the United Kingdom who read William Wordsworth’s poem, "Daffodils" in 2004.[7]

Criticism

After the release of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, rumors flew that Walden Media was a means for fulfilling Anschutz's Christian agenda:
We've never had a conversation about religion with him. Period, says David Weil, chief executive officer for the Anschutz Film Group. ''We all come from different religious backgrounds here. We all believe in a family values approach to positive messages — but religious orientation doesn't factor into it.'"[1]
In July and August of 2007, Walden Media came under fire from fans of the Dark is Rising book series for liberties the company is purported to have taken with the plot in its forthcoming movie of the same title [8]. As one critic noted:
"During filming in Bucharest, Romania there was a joke on The Dark is Rising set that only three things have been changed from the original 1973 novel: the nationality of lead character Will Stanton, changed from English to American; his age changed from 11 to 13; and everything else that happens in the story. A solo quest by an 11-year-old is no longer solo; family values have been deemed out of date — the happy, loving Stanton family rewritten dysfunctional; a series of five books bereft of a single love interest has been re-imagined with the lead character chasing the fairer sex, pleading in the trailer “I can't save the world! I don't even know how to talk to a girl!” Angered, disgusted fans are reporting little interest in their hero’s new, most ordinary of plights." [9]


There is considerable speculation that the changes are due in part to the evangelical Christian beliefs of director David Cunningham, and of the 'Christian mission' sometimes attributed to Walden Media itself. The implications of this speculation, however, seem to be inconsistent with Christian values.

Etymology and logo

The company is named after Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Its logo is a rock skipping across a pond.

Filmography

Published Books

  • Paddywhack Lane
  • The White Giraffe
  • The Gravity Keeper
  • Comeback Kid Book Series

References

1. ^ "Who we are". Walden Media corporate site
2. ^ Jensen, Jeff. "The Family Business". Entertainment Weekly, 28 April 2006: 58-61.
3. ^ Berkowitz, Bill. "The movie, the media, and the conservative politics of Philip Anschutz." Media Transparency, 2 December 2005.
4. ^ "Fox Filmed Entertainment and Walden Media Enter into Joint Venture to Market and Release Films for the Family Audience". Walden Media press release.
5. ^ "Our Company". Walden Media corporate site
6. ^ Deahl, Rachel. "Walden Media Works to Make Moviegoers Readers". Publisher’s Weekly, 16 January 2006.
7. ^ Toomey, Shamus. "I’ve Never Broken a World Record". Chicago Sun-Times, 14 December 2006.
8. ^ "The Dark Is Rising liks". Authorblog, 7 August 2007.
9. ^ Gillispe, John. "The Dark is Sinking: Book-to-Film Adaptation of Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Angers Fans". Blogcritics Magazine, 26 July 2007.

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Holes is a 2003 film based on the novel of the same title by Louis Sachar. The film was produced by Walden Media and released by Walt Disney Pictures.
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Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 film, adapted from the book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo and directed by Wayne Wang. It was produced by Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox.
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How to Eat Fried Worms is a 2006 film based on the children's book of the same name by Thomas Rockwell. It was produced by Walden Media with New Line Cinema. The theatrical release for the U.S.
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Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 film directed by Gabor Csupo for Disney/Walden Media. It is based on the Katherine Paterson novel Bridge to Terabithia.
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