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Aardman Draws Buyers To A Town Called Panic

Aardman Animations has secured new broadcast sales for animated series A TOWN CALLED PANIC at MIP-TV 2006. ABC TV Australia and Nicktoons Network U.S. have picked up all 20x5 episodes of the series, which made its international debut at MIPCOM last year. It previously sold to Nickelodeon U.K.

Aardman owns the distribution, home entertainment and licensing rights to all English-speaking territories and all episodes have been revoiced for this market. Sales of the original French-language version PANIQUE AU VILLAGE, which has aired on Canal+ in France, are handled by MoonScoops distribution arm Taffy Ent.

Created and directed by Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier and produced in Belgium by Pic Pic Andres Vincent Tavier for La Parti Prods., A TOWN CALLED PANIC is a stop-motion series made with plastic figurines.

Indian is a native American with a fast-talking New York accent, a mental age of 10 and a sneaky Scouse partner-in-crime called Cowboy. Their household is shared with Horse whose no-nonsense Yorkshire accent matches his bluff attitude and sensible hobbies. A Brummie farming family and a bear they often have to deal with, called Bear, contribute to the all-round mayhem of this most unusual town, called Panic.

Miles Bullough, head of broadcast and development at Aardman Animations, said, A TOWN CALLED PANIC is fun and irreverent and appeals to kids and adults of all ages. The show has been getting a great reaction in the English speaking markets and we hope to sign further deals during the market.

Aardman, based in Bristol, U.K., co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. For more information, visit www.aardman.com.

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