|Type||Film Financing |
(President & CEO)
(EVP, Development & Production)
|Owner||Anschutz Entertainment Group|
|Divisions||Walden Pond Press|
Walden Media, LLC or Walden Media is an American film investor, distributor, and publishing company. Its films are based on children's literature, biographies or historical events, as well as documentaries and some original screenplays.
The corporate headquarters of Walden Media are located in Los Angeles, California. 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."
Walden Media operates Walden Pond Press, a joint venture with Harper Collins, which publishes middle grade books.
Walden Media was founded in 2000 by Micheal Flaherty and Cary Granat. Granat was president of Miramax's Dimension Films division, and Flaherty came from the world of 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.
The company's notable releases include Holes in 2003, Because of Winn-Dixie in 2005, Charlotte's Web in 2006, Bridge to Terabithia, in 2007, three adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia in 2005, 2008 and 2010, Ramona and Beezus in 2010, and both A Dog's Purpose and Wonder in 2017. All of these films are adaptations of popular children's books.
Walden agreed to a marketing partnership with Fox in 2006 under the Fox Walden name. Several movies flopped under the partnership, so in October 2008, Fox Walden shrunk its staffing.
In March 2008, Michael Bostick, formerly from Imagine Films, was hired on as creative officer then added co-CEO title. Co-CEO Cary Granat was released from the job effective December 1, 2008. He was replaced by Bostick. Also in 2008, Walden Media entered into a join publishing venture called Walden Pond Press with HarperCollins.
Walden Media is unique among film production and distribution 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.
Walden Media offers in-class teaching tools like educational guides and teacher kits and sponsors seminars and forums for teachers to discuss their practice and to share 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 13, 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.
- Ghosts of the Abyss (2003) (released by Walt Disney Pictures)
- Holes (2003) (released by Walt Disney Pictures)
- Around the World in 80 Days (2004) (released by Walt Disney Pictures)
- I Am David (2004) (released by Lionsgate)
- Ray (2004) (released by Universal Pictures)
- Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Aliens of the Deep (2005) (released by Walt Disney Pictures)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005) (released by Walt Disney Pictures)
- Hoot (2006) (released by New Line Cinema)
- How to Eat Fried Worms (2006) (released by New Line Cinema)
- Charlotte's Web (2006) (released by Paramount Pictures)
- Bridge to Terabithia (2007) (released by Walt Disney Pictures)
- The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) (released by Columbia Pictures)
- Nim's Island (2008) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) (released by Walt Disney Pictures)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) (released by New Line Cinema)
- City of Ember (2008) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Bandslam (2009) (released by Summit Entertainment)
- Tooth Fairy (2010) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Ramona and Beezus (2010) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Waiting for "Superman" (2010) (released by Paramount Vantage)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) (released by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema)
- Tooth Fairy 2 (2012) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Won't Back Down (2012) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Chasing Mavericks (2012) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- Parental Guidance (2012) (released by 20th Century Fox)
- The Giver (2014) (released by The Weinstein Company)
- Everest (2015) (released by Universal Pictures)
- The BFG (2016) (released by Walt Disney Pictures)
- The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017) (released by WWE Studios and BH Tilt)
- A Dog's Purpose (2017) (released by Universal Pictures)
- Wonder (2017) (released by Lionsgate)
- The Star (2017) (released by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation)
- A Dog's Journey (2019) (released by Universal Pictures)
- Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) (released by Paramount Players)
- Playing with Fire (2019) (released by Paramount Players)
- The Baby-Sitters Club (2020) (released by Netflix)
- A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) (released by Netflix)
Etymology and logo
- Berkowitz, Bill. "The movie, the media, and the conservative politics of Philip Anschutz". Media Transparency, 2 December 2005.
- HarperCollins Children's Imprints
- Eller, Claudia (November 14, 2008). "Granat out at Walden Media". LA Times Blogs - Company Town. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
- Jensen, Jeff. "The Family Business". Entertainment Weekly, 28 April 2006: 58–61.
- Between Hollywood and Godlywood: the Case of Walden Media by Nathalie Dupont, Peter Lang, 2015
- "Walden Media partners with HarperCollins". Los Angeles Times. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
- "Our Company". Walden Media. Archived from the original on February 20, 2007. Retrieved February 1, 2007.
- Deahl, Rachel. "Walden Media Works to Make Moviegoers Readers". Publishers Weekly, 16 January 2006.
- Toomey, Shamus. "I've Never Broken a World Record". Chicago Sun-Times, 14 December 2006.
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