Wendy Gallops into Production
Press Release by Red Kite Animations
Award-winning production company, Red Kite Animations, part of the global media agency August Media Holdings, today announced a production agreement with Wendy Promotions Ltd (WPL) - a joint venture between Scandinavian media group Egmont and UK publisher DC Thomson - to produce Wendy (26x30’), a 3D adaptation of the successful European magazine of the same name.
Targeting six to nine year olds, the series has been commissioned by European broadcasters ZDF and France Televisions. The show charts the adventures of teenage heroine, Wendy and focuses on her equestrian centered life. Living on a stud-farm, complete with a riding school and stables, Wendy has become an accomplished rider and show jumper; her life is full of gossip, friendships and romances which will be the main themes of the program.
Ken Anderson, Executive Director & Chief Creative Officer of August Media Holdings said: “This is a wonderful project to be involved in. For over twenty five years Wendy has been a very popular and highly successful magazine and great care has been taken in adapting it into a television series. Wendy is aimed at the millions of girls around the world who love horses and is packed with stories of adventure, excitement and friendship”.
Tim Collins, Head of Commercial for DC Thomson added: “WPL are pleased to be working with Red Kite Animations again and look forward to the show inspiring girls internationally. We’re very pleased with the high level of realism that’s been achieved in the animation and hope that together with our partners, Wendy will become a big part of girls’ lives across the world.”
Alexander Coridass, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZDF Enterprises is equally pleased: “Girls love horses – all over the world. We are therefore very pleased to be on board of this exciting project both as coproduction partner for German-speaking Europe and as the distribution partner in charge for territories such as Scandinavia, Benelux, Italy, Spain, Portugal, CEE, Canada, Japan, South Korea and Latin America. The combination of this great product and our own sales expertise will certainly lead to a successful marketing of this new series”.
Wendy is a Red Kite Animations production in association with Wendy Promotions Ltd (WPL). The series was commissioned by Nicole Keeb for ZDF and Julien Borde for France Televisions. It is produced by Ken Anderson for Red Kite Animations.
About Red Kite Animations:
Red Kite Animations is now part of the Singapore based August Media Holdings; since launching in 1997, the company has established itself as a top international producer of quality content that targets children of all age groups.
The company has developed and produced a number of highly successful children’s animated programmes. Some of Red Kite’s Animations’ successes include: Dennis & Gnasher, Marvo the Wonder Chicken, Wilf the Witch’s Dog, The Secret World of Benjamin Bear and the 65 episode series The Imp.
Red Kite Animations, its founders, and partners have won a host of awards for the shows above including: BAFTAs, Emmys, CableAces, Pulcinellas, Grammys and even an Academy Award. Alongside numerous short films and animated series, the company’s properties have been aired on world renowned children’s networks including: BBC, France Televisions, ZDF, Canal+, TV Catalunya, Disney XD, Teletoon, and Cartoon Network