(August 22, 2008) Producer/director/writer Jack Olesker, creator of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers television series, has been named President of KEN Creative Studio, the India/U.S. production arm of KEN Group, the Bangalore, India-based multinational conglomerate.
Olesker's immediate task will be to develop a slate of original animated feature films and television series for distribution in the U.S. and internationally, and to be produced jointly in the U.S. and India.
KEN Creative Studio produces world-class entertainment content for films, broadcast media and games for an international audience. Based in Chennai, India, the company is one of the leading animation production studios in India, developing internationally accepted IPs for films, home DVDs and television. The studio is keen to produce value-based entertainment content with technological brilliance and is currently in production on its own animated feature film, Ninja Knights: When Warrior Worlds Collide
, written, produced and directed by Olesker and scheduled for worldwide release. A trailer for the film was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival and American Film Market earlier this year. The studio is also in post-production on the pilot episode of Hip Hop Fables, an animated television series with a budget of US $10 million.
Olesker brings to KEN Creative Studio a long history of success in film and television animation. A former executive with DIC Entertainment, he has written for such series as The Littles, The Care Bears, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Mario Bros
. He is best known for developing Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
for Saban Entertainment, one of the most successful children's series of all time, and as the creator of series for Fox Family Channel, Disney Channel, CBS, NBC and Warner Bros. He is also broadly experienced in product merchandizing and licensing through such companies as Bandai, Mattel and American Greetings.
Commenting on Olesker's appointment, Mr. V S Sundararajan, CEO of KEN Creative Studio said, "Our goal is to develop Ken Creative Studio into a major force in motion picture and television animation worldwide and we are confident that Jack Olesker is the ideal person to lead that effort. He has a proven ability to develop spectacularly successful animation franchises. He also has experience in leading large teams of animators and writers and in managing complex production pipelines. Most valuable is the well-deserved high regard he enjoys among studio and international television broadcast executives, distributors, product licensers and toy manufacturers for his imagination, intelligence and integrity."
Sundararajan-"VS"as he is fondly called-added that KEN Creative Studio aims at being at global animation company and is keen for global co-productions, alliances, acquisitions and outsourcing projects in the animated entertainment field. He further added that KEN Creative Studio is in the process of building a global team towards this endeavor and welcomed Jack Olesker to the KEN Creative studio family.
KEN Creative Studio has established its U.S. headquarters in New Buffalo, Michigan and has a production facility in Chennai, India with a staff of 95 animators. It is carrying out development, scripting and voice talent production in the U.S. and producing animation in India. Olesker's long term plans also include the development of an additional stable of writers and directors in India.
Although countries such as Taiwan and Thailand have long been involved in outsourced animation production, the Indian market remains largely one of untapped potential, according to Olesker. "In India we can produce animation at a highly competitive price and the quality is amazing," Olesker said. "What we are producing at KEN Creative Studio compares favorably to the best animation in the industry, including Pixar and Disney. It amazes me that there has not been a U.S. television series or film produced in India before now. We will change that in short order."
Olesker added that he sees animation outsourcing to India as a net benefit to the U.S. economy through the development, distribution, publishing and licensing activities that accompany a successful television series.
A Chicago native, Olesker began his career as a novelist. His first book, No Place Like Home became a bestseller for G. P. Putnam's Sons and its film rights were purchased by Sherry Lansing during her tenure at MGM. Turning his attention to Hollywood, Olesker became a staff writer for Blanc Communications and later joined DIC Entertainment, where he served as Senior Story Editor. After becoming an independent writer and producer, he worked extensively with Saban Entertainment (Haim Saban) and Jetlag Productions (Jean Chalopin/Mark Taylor). He has written more than 900 produced television scripts, nine films, six novels and has created more than a dozen television series.
KEN Creative Studio is in the vanguard of the global momentum sweeping the entertainment industry and redefining the way films and television shows are being produced, distributed, marketed and absorbed. For more information, visit www.ken-creative.com