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On The Lot: Rihanna hits 'Home' run, who will produce next Oscars




Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) and Tip (voiced by Rihanna) in DreamWorks Animation's HOME.
Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) and Tip (voiced by Rihanna) in DreamWorks Animation's HOME.
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It's been a rough few years for Dreamworks Animation.  The LA Times' Rebecca Keegan explains that misses than hits meant the studio that brought us "Shrek" laid off a fifth of its staff, and had to sell its studio complex and then rent it back to come up with some cash.

But "Home" may turn things around.  The film, with voices from Rihanna and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") topped the box office, and that sent the studios stock climbing.

Meanwhile, the hunt is on for the next producer for the Oscars telecast.  It's considered a thankless job.  Producing a live television show that has to appeal to both the industry types in the room, and viewers in their living rooms is a challenge.  And it's not easy to make the presentation of some of the less-than-exciting categories seem compelling.  One of the more interesting ideas - hire someone from ESPN.  The network is certainly adept at live events featuring competition.

Rebecca Keegan joins Take Two on Mondays for On the Lot.