Costa Mesa, CA: Craig Kausen, President of Linda Jones Enterprises, announced today that the venerable art publishing house founded by his mother Linda in 1977 has been appointed by Warner Bros. to produce, publish, and distribute art based on the 1939 classic film starring Judy Garland, “The Wizard of Oz”.
“We’re excited to work with our current collection of artists as well as with some bright new talent to bring to the art marketplace images that will appeal across generations,” Kausen said, “’The Wizard of Oz’ is one of the most significant films of the past 100 years, it made a star out of Judy Garland, and ushered in the use of Technicolor. Many of the songs, characters, and spoken words are considered national treasures. It is truly one for the ages.”
Warner Bros. premiered the re-mastered 3D IMAX version of the film at a gala private party at the newly restored Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Sunday, September 15. This version of the film will then go into wider distribution. In addition, characters from the film will debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013 and 2014 as well Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical version of the tale; “The Wizard of Oz” will begin a 20-city U.S. tour this fall. Along with the release of collector books, toys, and children’s programming, Warner Bros. is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to bring “There’s No Place Like Home” to communities around the country.
Linda Jones Enterprises will present new work specially commissioned for this major anniversary by such well-known artists as Andrea Alvin, John Alvin, Steven Chorney, and Mike Kungl. They’ll be introducing work by Kathy Daywalt, Daniel Killen, Robert Delgadillo (AKA RAD), T. J. Novy, and Joseph Yakovetic.
“’The Wizard of Oz’ is a landmark Oscar-winning movie and with the marketing push being planned by Warner Bros. for the next year, the film will be on consumer’s minds providing fine art galleries, gift shops, and other venues with a built-in promotional campaign,” explained Kausen, “and we plan to produce artwork suitable for every venue, from gift shops to the most sophisticated art gallery settings. In addition to “The Wizard of Oz” we have been authorized by Warner Bros. to create artwork based on several other of their classic film properties including “Gone With The Wind,” “A Christmas Story,” “King Kong,” “Iron Giant,” “300,” and “Corpse Bride.”