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SPA to welcome audiences to the HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

SONY PICTURES ANIMATION TO WELCOME AUDIENCES TO THE HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

CULVER CITY, CA – September 6, 2006 – The Mummy wants new sheets in his room and he wants lots of them! Dracula had a bloody rough night with all that noise coming from the Werewolf's room and Frankenstein keeps bumping his head on the low ceilings. It's just another night at HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, the ultimate get away for the misunderstood among us who are just looking for a little R and R and the chance to avoid contact with pesky humans.

Sony Pictures Animation Executive Vice Presidents Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox have announced HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA as the company's third animated project. Sony Pictures Animation's first feature, OPEN SEASON, debuts September 29, 2006, followed by Surf's Up!, which is scheduled for a June 8, 2007 release. Both films will be released by Columbia Pictures, as will HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA.

Based on an original story, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA takes a 21st Century look at the stories of the classic monsters Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula and The Werewolf.

Anthony Stacchi and David Feiss, both veterans of OPEN SEASON, have been tapped to direct the new project. OPEN SEASON producer Michelle Murdocca and co-producer Amy Jupiter will also make the transition from Timberline to Transylvania.

"Both Tony and Dave bring a great understanding of story and character development, as well as impeccable comedic timing, to this project" said Finkelman Cox. "We are very proud of the talent that has grown up with us at Sony Pictures Animation," added Rabins.

About HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

The world is a scary place...even for the iconic monsters that have endured through the centuries. Wary of the human race, they have secluded themselves in a remote location on the outskirts of Transylvania. Leading a comfortable and safe existence, their lives are turned upside down when the rightful heir to their castle arrives to stake his claim.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA is directed by Anthony Stacchi (co-director OPEN SEASON, additional credits include ANTZ) and David Feiss (credits include creator "Cow and Chicken," OPEN SEASON). The screenplay is by Don Rhymer (DECK THE HALLS, BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE). The producer is Michelle Murdocca (OPEN SEASON, additional credits include STUART LITTLE 2, STUART LITTLE). The co-producer is Amy Jupiter (OPEN SEASON). The CG animation will be created by Sony Pictures Imageworks.

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