1: to entertain; to appeal to the sense of humor

2: Andrews McMeel Universal Syndicated Entertainment

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AMUSE is the film and television division of Universal Uclick (the world's largest independent newspaper syndicate) and Andrews McMeel Publishing (the world's largest humor publisher). AMUSE represents UU and AMP properties, as well as other properties and individuals, for film, television, video and stage and its services include development, sales, production, post-production, and licensing of content to third parties for production and development.

AMUSE secures new Garfield film rights

Thanks to the efforts of Bridget McMeel and AMUSE, Alcon Entertainment has secured the rights to produce a fully animated movie of the iconic comic strip Garfield, with plans to build a franchise of fully animated Garfield feature films. Alcon acquired the rights from Jim Davis, the creator of the Garfield series and brand, who will serve as the Executive Producer for the film. McMeel will executive produce with Davis.

Over four years ago, McMeel brought in John Cohen, producer of the critically acclaimed franchise Despicable Me and the animated feature Angry Birds, and introduced him to Davis. They have worked tirelessly on this project ever since, shopping at a few different studios. Cohen brought the project to Alcon and will produce the feature along with Steve Wegner, and Alcon co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

JUMPSTART Comic Strip to be adapted as Family Comedy for FOX

Kansas City, Mo. (December 1, 2014) -- JUMPSTART is ready to dive off the page and onto the screen. Fox is developing Robb Armstrong's comic strip JUMPSTART for a half-hour multi-camera sitcom. Armstrong will be co-writing the script with Andrew Orenstein (Malcom in the Middle).

JumpStart was launched in 1989 in 40 newspapers. Syndicated by Universal Uclick, it is one of the most popular comic strips in history, appearing in more than 400 publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Boston Globe. It is known as a strip that is incredibly "sticky," meaning that once it's in a paper, it never gets canceled. More than any other strip, JumpStart is true to life. The characters are caricatures of their professions -- cop, nurse, football player -- and also people who seem incredibly real. Armstrong is a master when it comes to capturing the details of family life and the nuances of dialogue, and the reader really get to be a part of the family. The conversations are the same ones taking place at dinner tables and in living rooms and car rides across America.

Bridget McMeel, of AMUSE Entertainment, brought the project to Hollywood. McMeel runs AMUSE, the TV/film division of Universal Uclick and Andrews McMeel Publishing. Universal Uclick is the world's largest features syndicate while Andrews McMeel Publishing is one of the country's leading publishing companies in the humor, cooking and childrens' books divisions.

"We are so thrilled to finally see this true-to-life family being developed for the TV audience," said McMeel. "The shows these days don't have relatable characters. The Cobbs are the families you see every day. Sometimes you think Armstrong is camping out at your house, pulling scenes from conversations you are having with your spouse or children. All I can say is that you can't get more REAL than this on TV."

McMeel also brought in Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment to executive produce alongside her, Armstrong and Orenstien. Kaplan is one of the leading TV producers in Hollywood, producing Instant Mom, The Mysteries of Laura and The Neighbors, to name a few.

Small Apartments

Universal Uclick & AMUSE announces release and Kansas City debut of their produced film, "Small Apartments"

"Small Apartments" stars Hollywood legends Billy Crystal and James Caan. This dark and hysterical comedy features "Bridesmaids" and "Little Britain" actor Matt Lucas in the lead role as Franklin Franklin, a lonely alp-hornist living in a run-down apartment complex in Los Angeles. The rest of the ensemble cast includes 2013 Sundance Film Festival darling Juno Temple, Rebel Wilson (Bridesmaids), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass), Golden Globe-nominated Amanda Plummer, Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express), Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), James Marsden (NBC's 30 Rock) and Kansas City's own David Koechner (Anchorman).

Screen Play by Chris Millis, Executive Producer(s): (AMUSE) John Glynn, Bridget McMeel, Chris Millis

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