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DIC Racks Up International Sales

DIC Entertainment recently inked deals with leading networks for international distribution for shows including SUPER DUPER SUMOS, MADELINE, MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY: IN ACTION and SHERLOCK HOLMES IN THE 22ND CENTURY. "MIP-TV was a success for us, even considering the state of the world at the time," said Pat Ryan, evp of international sales.

In addition to the Disney International Pay TV deal, spanning five continents and covering 12 territories, DIC has finalized sales of DICs INCREDIBLE MOVIE TOONS to broadcasters such as Super RTL (Germany), ITV (UK), Cartoon Network (Japan), Club RTL (Belgium), Mediatrade (Italy), Alter TV (Greece), YTV (Canada), Televisa (Mexico) and Anteve (Indonesia). Home video deals for MOVIE TOONS were also closed with the following: Prism (UK), TF1 Video (France), Eagle Pictures (Italy) and Sum (Spain and Latin America), Shock (Australia) and ICTV (Ukraine).

"In light of the fact that the international market has been stagnant for some time, we have raised the bar by consistently selling to networks worldwide," added Leslie Nelson, co-managing director of worldwide sales. "Our global success is a testament to the popularity of DICs library of animation."

Further TV deals were signed with AB Groupe France (MUMMIES ALIVE, WHERE ON EARTH IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?), RTE Ireland (MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY: IN ACTION), Club RTL Belgium (MADELINE, SHERLOCK HOLMES IN THE 22ND CENTURY, HURRICANES), Alter TV Greece (SUPER DUPER SUMOS, MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY: IN ACTION, MADELINE), Fox Kids Italy (SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG), TV Globo Brazil (SUPER DUPER SUMOS), Televisa Mexico (MARY-KATE AND ASHLEY: IN ACTION, SUPER DUPER SUMOS, MADELINE, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG), Anteve TV Indonesia (CARMEN SANDIEGO, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MUMMIES ALIVE) and M-Net South Africa (CARMEN SANDIEGO, EVOLUTION).

Titles from DICs catalog have also been recently licensed for home video purposes to Alfadedis Italy (MADELINE, LOST IN PARIS), SAV Spain (ACTION MAN), Fremantle UK (SABRINA THE ANIMATED SERIES), Metrodome UK (SUPER DUPER SUMOS), Prooptiki Greece (EVOLUTION, SABRINA THE ANIMATED SERIES, SWAMP THING, SONIC CHRISTMAS BLAST) and TFI Video France (TEX AVERY, SABRINA THE ANIMATED SERIES).

DIC is suing Speed Racer Enterprises for breach of contract following the cancellation of a deal between the two companies for DIC to distribute SPEED RACER. Part of that dispute now includes DIC's sales of the toon to Cartoon Network Latin America and Boomerang, Nickelodeon Asia, ABC Broadcasting Australia, Ambang Malaysia and Fairmead South Africa.

After DIC left Disney in 2000, the international sales department was restructured with Ryan and Nelson at the helm, overseeing all international revenue streams including worldwide broadcast sales and home entertainment. DIC (www.dicentertainment.com) has offices in Paris, Cologne, London and Burbank.

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