Italia, Marlis Form Wild Canary

Richard Marlis, former evp of Klasky-Csupo’s commercial division ka-chew, and Carmen Italia, marketing executive and founder of Italia Partners, have joined forces to start Wild Canary in Burbank, Calif. Liz Seidman is on board as executive producer of animation, and directors Paul DeMeyer and Gary Johns and producer Chris Hutchison have signed with the venture. Spots for Mucinex and Chuck E. Cheese are already under way, along with projects for Disney, Marvel Studios, Cartoon Network and Fox. Italia owned and ran his own studio, building it to billings of over $100 million and working for clients such as CompUSA, Sears, Wendy’s and True Value.