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January 19, 1993 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the past year, American Film Technologies, the leader in the film colorization business, has moved to Southern California, hired--and subsequently pushed out--a new president and started to switch its primary business to animation. The changes had better work. The company, now in North Hollywood, expects a loss of $700,000 to $1.2 million for the quarter that ended Dec. 31.
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August 14, 1997 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Remember colorization? You know, Ted Turner turning hundreds of old black-and-white movies, including "Casablanca" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy," into (often overly) vivid color? The colorization of "It's a Wonderful Life" setting off protests by directors like Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg? Following the headlong rush into colorization--which resulted in Turner, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and others colorizing at least 600 movies--half a dozen companies sprang up around the U.S.
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BUSINESS
October 12, 1993
American Film Technologies Inc., a troubled North Hollywood producer of animation and special effects for movies and television, said Monday that it is temporarily suspending operations in Mexico and has significantly reduced its business in the United States. Moreover, American Film said it consented to a 45-day court order in which the company is prohibited from transferring or encumbering assets except in the ordinary course of business.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1992
American Film Technologies expects to lose $700,000 to $1.2 million in its current quarter due to expenses incurred in moving some of its film-coloring and animation operations to Tijuana. The North Hollywood-based company's second quarter will end Dec. 31. American Film Technologies also blamed the loss on lower revenues from its colorization business and the cost of buying out the contract of Joseph M. Taritero, its former chairman and chief executive, who left the company in November.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1992
American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood company that supplies animation production services and special effects to the television and motion picture industries, reported a $156,000 profit in its first quarter that ended March 31. A year earlier, American Film lost $2.89 million. In its latest quarter, revenue totaled $3.13 million, up 86% from $1.68 million in 1991's first quarter. The company attributed the gains to growth in its film coloring and animation businesses.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1992
American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood provider of animation services and special effects for the television and film industries, said it had received a commitment for a $2-million credit line from the Bank of Industry. The company said the arrangement was a change in its primary banking relationship, from Meridian Bank in Pennsylvania to Bank of Industry, and reflected the company's move of its headquarters from Wayne, Penn., to North Hollywood earlier this year.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1993
American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood producer of animation and special effects for movies and television, said it is still negotiating with a group led by evangelist M. G. (Pat) Robertson that is interested in investing $4.7 million in the company. A letter of intent regarding the proposal signed May 26 remains in effect, American Film said. But Robertson's group has not yet finished its due diligence investigation, and so a definitive agreement on the matter has not been reached.
BUSINESS
October 5, 1993
American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood producer of animation and special effects for movies and television, said New York attorney and investment banker Gerald M. Wetzler agreed to acquire 75% of American Film for about $3.3 million. The agreement with Wetzler ends American Film's long search for an investor to provide the company with needed capital.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1993
American Film Technologies Inc., a troubled North Hollywood producer of animation and special effects for movies and television, said Monday that it is temporarily suspending operations in Mexico and has significantly reduced its business in the United States. Moreover, American Film said it consented to a 45-day court order in which the company is prohibited from transferring or encumbering assets except in the ordinary course of business.
BUSINESS
October 5, 1993
American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood producer of animation and special effects for movies and television, said New York attorney and investment banker Gerald M. Wetzler agreed to acquire 75% of American Film for about $3.3 million. The agreement with Wetzler ends American Film's long search for an investor to provide the company with needed capital.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1993
American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood film colorizer and provider of special effects and animation for television and movies, said it has terminated a letter of intent to sell a controlling stake in the company to a group of investors led by evangelist Pat Robertson. The company said it called off the proposed transaction even though discussions with the Robertson group continued after the expected closing date of June 30.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1993
American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood producer of animation and special effects for movies and television, said it is still negotiating with a group led by evangelist M. G. (Pat) Robertson that is interested in investing $4.7 million in the company. A letter of intent regarding the proposal signed May 26 remains in effect, American Film said. But Robertson's group has not yet finished its due diligence investigation, and so a definitive agreement on the matter has not been reached.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1993
Evangelist Pat Robertson, whose International Family Entertainment Inc. is fresh from its acquisition of MTM Entertainment Inc. in Studio City, has agreed to acquire control of another local company. American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood film colorizing and animation company, said a group of private investors led by Robertson tentatively agreed to pay $4.7 million for American Film common stock and warrants. The stock purchase would give the Robertson group a 51.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1993
American Film Technologies Inc., a North Hollywood provider of animation and special effects for television and movies, reported a $1.37-million loss for its fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 31. The loss compared with year-earlier earnings of $305,000. AFT's revenue in the period fell 18% from a year earlier, to $2.91 million from $3.55 million.
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January 25, 1993 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the past year, American Film Technologies, the leader in the film colorization business, has moved to Southern California, hired--and subsequently pushed out--a new president and started to switch its primary business to animation. The changes had better work. The company, now in North Hollywood, expects a loss of $700,000 to $1.2 million for the quarter that ended Dec. 31.
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November 27, 1987 | DEBORAH CAULFIELD, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
American Film Technologies (AFT), as part of a new deal with Ted Turner's Entertainment Co., will deliver colorimaged--a new word the company coined for colorizing--versions of the classic films, " Boom Town" (Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert), "They Were Expendable" (Robert Montgomery and Donna Reed) and "Catered Affair" (Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine). Turner's company then has an option to have AFT color up to 49 more black-and-white films by 1992 for approximately $14 million.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1992
American Film Technologies expects to lose $700,000 to $1.2 million in its current quarter due to expenses incurred in moving some of its film-coloring and animation operations to Tijuana. The North Hollywood-based company's second quarter will end Dec. 31. American Film Technologies also blamed the loss on lower revenues from its colorization business and the cost of buying out the contract of Joseph M. Taritero, its former chairman and chief executive, who left the company in November.
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