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Aardman to Distribute Studio Baestarts' Log Jam

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Bristol, 18 May 2009. Leading independent Aardman Rights is expanding its portfolio of third-party properties, securing the distribution rights to Studio Baestarts' series of brand new short films LOG JAM.

Studio Baestarts has already concluded deals for the shorts with Nickelodeon for multiple territories and with Canal+ for France. Aardman will manage the remaining rights to LOG JAM for the rest of the world, covering TV, home entertainment, online, digital, mobile, in-flight and licensing.

The series of shorts were created by seasoned animator Alexei Alexeev as a sequel to the multi-award winner KJFG no.5 short and were produced by Andras Erkel, Managing Director of Studio Baestarts and Peter Drake VP, Creative Director Nick UK. Studio Baestarts, launched in 2004 works with some of the leading international media companies including Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Canal+, Svensk Filmindustri and National Geographic.

Alexei has a wealth of experience in directing animation with his credits including Mr Bean with Tiger Aspect and Varga Studio and BABY BLUES with Warner Brothers.

Sean Clarke, Head of Aardman Rights says: "LOG JAM is fun and irreverent and appeals to kids and adults of all ages. As Aardman Rights continues to expand its portfolio, we are delighted to add these new films to our own growing slate of in-house productions and hope to support Studio Baestarts in producing a lot more episodes of LOG JAM."

Alexei Alexeev adds: "I always liked animals but never liked their music because I'd never heard them playing music. After making LOG JAM shorts I still cannot decide do I like animal music or not."

Deep in the forest a bear, a wolf and a rabbit love nothing more than freestyle jammin' with their home-made instruments. The bear is on bass, the wolf howls and the rabbit bangs out the beats ... with his head.

Their only distraction comes from a hunter who's out to get them ... as are all the other forest animals but luckily their enemies are all morons and the beat always goes on.