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Al Jazeera Children's Channel Acquires Multiple Properties From DQE

DQ Entertainment, the Global entertainment production and distribution company together with Al Jazeera Children's Channel ("JCCTV"), are pleased to announce the signing of multiple exclusive broadcast agreements with 22 Arabic states for the broadcasting rights of three iconic DQE animated productions - 'The Jungle Book', 'New Adventures of Lassie' and 'Mysteries and Feluda'.

Press Release from DQ Entertainment

HYDERABAD, India, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DQ Entertainment, the Global entertainment production and distribution company together with Al Jazeera Children's Channel ("JCCTV"), are pleased to announce the signing of multiple exclusive broadcast agreements with 22 Arabic states for the broadcasting rights of three iconic DQE animated productions - 'The Jungle Book', 'New Adventures of Lassie' and 'Mysteries and Feluda'.

This five year agreement will provide JCCTV the exclusive broadcasting rights for three animated TV series worldwide in Arabic language only.

The Jungle Book, (second series) 52 x 11 minutes in 3D HD, follows on from the successful first season which was remade with new storylines using modern digital technologies. The successful production of the second series has already started airing on several networks such as BBC-UK, TF1-France, ABC-Australia, TVO-Canada.

The New Adventures of Lassie is a 26 x 22 minutes HD animated TV series co developed by DQE with Classic Media, USA and Super Prod, France.

Feluda is a series of novels and short stories written by famous Indian director, author and painter par excellence, Satyajit Ray. Mysteries and Feluda is a 2D animated series comprising one 52 minute movie and 13 x 22 minutes TV series.

Tapaas Chakravarti Chairman & CEO of DQE Group commented: "We are delighted to associate again with JCCTV which is of immense strategic value to DQE. This agreement for three of our high quality animated TV series is testament to the universal appeal of our properties. The success of the first season of Jungle Book has given us the confidence to produce more of such iconic high quality global properties. We are sure that The New Adventures of Lassie, Feluda and The Jungle Book 2 will also be well received by audiences in Arabic nations.

Mazen Rifka, Acquisition and Distribution senior manager of JCCTV added: "Content like this is not easy to find. We are interested in titles that increase awareness of other countries but also those that reflect positive social values."

About DQEDQE is one of the leading producers of animation, visual effects, game art and entertainment content for the Indian as well as global media and entertainment industry with a workforce of over 3,500 permanent employees and a global client-partner base of over 90 producers, distributors, broadcasters and licensors including Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc., Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, American Greetings, NBC-Universal, BBC Group, M6/France TV/TF-1 Broadcasting groups from France, ZDF Germany and many more worldwide.

DQE has produced/co-produced and distributed iconic brands such as Iron Man - the 3D animated TV series, Twisted Whiskers, Mikido, Casper, Pinky & Perky, Large Family, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and is now producing world renowned properties like Little Prince and Little Nicolas. DQE has a library of over 600 hours of international programs for distribution.

DQE recently announced development of 3 animated feature films to be released from 2012 onwards for global distribution. DQE's production facilities are based in Hyderabad and Kolkata and it has international sales representatives in Los Angeles, Paris and London.

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