Tdfitz's Traveler Profile
Within the first year of its life, Image Comics would grow to become the world's third largest comic book company and TMP's premiere title, Spawn, would break all records for most comics sold for an independent title (1.7 million copies) as well as for the year. During Terence's tenure at TMP, the company would sell over 100 million comic books in over 110 different countries in 21 different languages. TMP's work in the comic book community revolutionized the way titles were produced, introducing computer enhanced coloring techniques and glossy paper with borderless designs, a first for the industry.
In 1994, Fitzgerald saw the creation of McFarlane Toys which would go on to sell over 30 million action figures based on licensed properties including the MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, music acts like KISS, AC/DC, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles, as well as feature films such as Terminator, The Matrix, and Shrek. Once again they revolutionized the action figure marketplace by escalating figure size, increasing the number of paint applications per figure over ten fold, all while keeping final prices the same.
Three years later Terence would establish and become President/COO of Todd McFarlane Entertainment, Inc., (TME), a fully functioning development and production company generating work in all entertainment genres including motion pictures, television, music videos, animation, soundtrack, and video games. Based in Los Angeles, California, the company would produce their first motion picture project, 1997's live-action Spawn. Grossing over $100 million internationally, it was New Line Cinema's then third highest opener of all time.
Other film projects included: The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, which had its world premiere at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and starred Jodie Foster (who also produced), featured animated sequences by TME, intertwined within the live action main story; Todd McFarlane: The Devil You Know, a full-length documentary in 2002, The National Film Board of Canada funded and filmed the project highlighting McFarlane's illustrious career; the feature film Torso, sold to Paramount Pictures, based on America's first serial killer and real-life police detective, Eliot Ness; and OZ, an $120 million reimagining of the Wizard of Oz had been set up at Warner Bros. Pictures, all with McFarlane and Fitzgerald producing.
TME's foray into the television market included the twice Emmy Award-winning and best-selling animated series Todd McFarlane's Spawn, which had a three-season run on HBO and accounted for three of their best-selling videos of all time. Dark themed and R-rated, this pioneering series ushered in a new era of animation for adults in North America and continues to be the highest rated cable show for its time slot in the realm of animation.
Music video work included the 2006 release of Disturbed's "Land of Confusion", a traditional and 3D animated video. A cover of the 1980 Genesis song, the story of greed and its effect on the world garnered critical acclaim and banishment around the world, especially in Europe and Asia; in 2002, Fitzgerald and McFarlane shot their first live-action music video for the Swollen Members' song, "Breath," which won the MuchVIBE Best Rap Video award at the MuchMusic Video show in 2003; the partners produced and created the animation for the 1999 Korn "Freak on a Leash" music video for Epic Records. This piece won a Grammy and two MTV Video Music Awards that year for Best Music Video and Best Rock Video and Editing, respectively. It was also awarded Spin Magazine's "1999 Readers Best of Award" and was #23 on MTV's list of the "100 Greatest Music Videos of All Time"; lastly the duo had another Grammy nomination in 1998 for the "Do the Evolution" video for Pearl Jam. This video, the band's first in 11 years, told the story of man's evolution and destruction from minute one of mankind's existence to the end of civilization, and is deemed the pinnacle of Fitzgerald's creative career.
After growing the McFarlane empire of companies from a two man operation to a billion dollar brand employing 100 people in four countries, Fitzgerald left in 2006 to join a new upstart in the world of fashion. For the next two plus years Terence was President of a NASDAQ publicly traded company based in both Los Angeles and Vancouver, producing high-end, premium clothing and accessories.
Spring 2009 saw Fitzgerald and his wife returning back to his roots on Vancouver Island for a more relaxed lifestyle, focusing on the writing of solely owned entertainment projects, which he continues to work on....slowly....when he is not out traveling the world taking photographs.
Recent Entries by Tdfitz
Jaisalmer - the "golden city" (now with camels!) - Apr 13, 2013
Well as my journey here in India winds down, so do the blog posts. This sadly will be the second to last one in this great country. As we leave Jodhpur and head even further west towards the That D...
Jaipur - the "pink city" - Apr 6, 2013
A couple of days back in Delhi after Rishikesh, the road called out for another road trip. This time it was south and then due west to the three "J" cities: Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Each is a...
Jodhpur - the "blue" city - Apr 8, 2013
Sunil and I left Jaipur and its pink sandstone behind to travel the 6-7 hours to Jodhpur. The second of the three "J" cities, this one is called the blue city die to the beautiful blue painted city...