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CineGroupe Brings Film Roman’s Tripping the Rift to Europe

CineGroupe, along with Film Roman, launched its new 3D animation series TRIPPING THE RIFT at MIPCOM 2003 in Cannes, France. The sci-fi spoof follows the adventures of Chode, the horny purple captain of the Free Enterprise, and his conflicted and extreme crew, as they travel the universe, looking to make a quick buck and avoid getting thrown in jail.

Based on an award-winning Web-short on, this 13x30 series was created by Chuck Austen and Chris Moeller, and written by Terry Sweeney (MAD TV, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) and Lanier Laney (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE). The show will air on the SCI-FI Channel in the U.S. and on SPACE: The Imagination Station in Canada.

Marie-Christine Dufour, CineGroupe evp, distribution and licensing, said, "Working with Film Roman, (THE SIMPSONS, KING OF THE HILL) was fantastic -- it was great to combine our know-how on this edgy, way-out there series. Late teens and young adults are going to love its provocative humor, not to mention the sex cyborg Six. TRIPPING THE RIFT will attract a whole new audience."

CineGroupe is a leader in state-of-the-art animation, CGI, 2D/3D backgrounds and special effects. CineGroupe is the animation partner of Lions Gate Entertainment. For more information, visit

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