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DIC Sells Slate of Animated TV Properties Around the Globe

DIC Ent. (DIC) reports a raft of deals with an extensive roster of key international broadcasters and pay TV channels concluded from the close of MIPCOM 2005 for animated programming, led by TROLLZ, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, SABRINA: THE ANIMATED SERIES, TOTALLY SONIC and more.

The animated series TROLLZ, with 93 territories sold to date, was a hit at this years market, as DIC negotiated deals with multiple broadcasters, including NRK (Norway), Channel 4 (Finland), Minimax (Poland), TSR (Switzerland), ORF (Austria), EMTV (Germany & Austria), DRS Free TV (Switzerland), SABC (South Africa) and Canal J (France). The first season of TROLLZ (27x30) airs around the world on Nickelodeon International (69 territories) and terrestrial channels such as TF1 (France), CBBC (U.K.), 10 Network (Australia) RTVE (Spain), Club RTL (Belgium), Alter TV (Greece), Televisa (Mexico), RTE (Ireland) and TV New Zealand.

Buys are sweet on girls property, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, now reaching 163 territories worldwide, including Jr. TV (Germany & Switzerland), Channel 4 (Finland), TV2 (Norway), Alter Channel (Greece), Canal J (France), SIC (Portugal) and Club RTL (Belgium).

Additionally, DIC sold numerous animated series and features from the library, such as SUPER DUPER SUMOS (ORF, Austria & Luk International, Spain), INSPECTOR GADGETS BIGGEST CAPER EVER (TSR, Switzerland), MARY-KATE & ASHLEY (Saran, Turkey & Luk International), SABRINA'S SECRET LIFE (ABC Plus Romania), SABRINA: THE ANIMATED SERIES (Club RTL, Belgium & Nickelodeon Holland), SONIC UNDERGROUND (GMTV, Germany & AB Group e, French-speaking Europe), TOTALLY SONIC (AB Group e, French-speaking Europe), MOVIE TOONS (AB Group e, French-speaking Europe), ACTION MAN (Ma Planete, France), HURRICANES (Club RTL, Belgium), MUMMIES ALIVE (Luk International, Spain) and TEX AVERY (Luk International, Spain).

DIC has grown into a leading global supplier of family and childrens entertainment, and MIPCOM is the premiere platform for us to debut new properties to the international marketplace, said DIC chairman/ceo Andy Heyward. TROLLZ and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE sold extremely well at MIPCOM and our catalog continues to be a consistent draw for broadcasters.

We had a tremendous response from our broadcast partners at this years MIPCOM, and were able to meet the demands of buyers with our diverse line-up of new and unique animated programming, as well as classics from our prolific library, commented Leslie Nelson, svp, International Sales & managing director of European Operations, DIC.

DIC Ent. (, a leading children's entertainment company, is a full-service studio dedicated to creating, developing, producing, distributing, marketing and merchandising family-based intellectual properties. DIC has distinguished itself by building one of the largest libraries of U.S. animation with more than 2,800 half-hours of programming. As a pre-eminent supplier of kid's programming worldwide, DIC has developed strategic partnerships with key domestic and international broadcast partners throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Australia. DIC is headquartered in Burbank, California, with international offices in Paris, London and Cologne.