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Fantastic Four Toon Headed to Cartoon Network Europe

Moonscoop has signed a far-reaching deal with Cartoon Network at MIP-TV 2005. The broadcaster is to co-produce Moonscoops action comedy series FANTASTIC FOUR based on the classic Marvel characters and has acquired the worldwide broadcast rights outside the U.S. French commercial broadcaster M6 has also picked up the show which is currently in production.

The 26x26 television series combines a mix of 2D and 3D animation. Moonscoop has distribution rights outside the US, with Marvel handling U.S. television and subsequent DVD distribution rights as well as worldwide merchandising.

FANTASTIC FOUR is one of Marvels most prominent comic book families. The stories bring together a brilliant scientist Dr. Reed Richards, his best friend Ben Grim, Susan Storm and her fiery-tempered kid brother Johnny Storm. Once they braved the unknown terrors of outer space together and were changed by cosmic rays into something more than merely human becoming Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, The Invisible Girl and The Human Torch. Together, they battle evil and fight the ultimate villain Dr. Doom.

Development of the television series highlights Marvels aim for consistent, high-profile exposure and excitement for the FANTASTIC FOUR franchise worldwide. It is set to follow the summer 2005 FANTASTIC FOUR feature film produced by Marvel with 20th Century Fox.

Finn Arnesen, svp of original animation and acquisitions for Cartoon Network, said, "FANTASTIC FOUR is one of the classic comic book properties that was ready for a new interpretation for a new generation of viewers. We have the opportunity for great character dynamics and story as well as great action. We look forward to continuing our great working relationship with Moonscoop.... Flame On!....

Lionel Marty, head of sales and acquisitions at Moonscoop, said, We have a great relationship with Cartoon Network and feel its the perfect home for FANTASTIC FOUR. These classic super heroes are set to win a raft of new fans worldwide.

Nicolas Atlan, vp/exec producer of Moonscoop, added, This is a wonderful project and we are very much enjoying working with Marvel, Cartoon Network and M6 to bring these cult characters to television.

Leading kids and animation brand Moonscoop was established in 2004 following the acquisition of leading youth producer and distributor France Animation by Antefilms Production, one of Frances most dynamic and creative production houses. Moonscoop combines the production and distribution activities of the two companies and is supported by a dedicated marketing division to build the catalogues international presence focusing on promotion campaigns, licensing, merchandising, publishing, music and the coordination of local licensing agents.

With a library of more than 4,700 proprietary characters, Marvel Enterprises Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused in three areas: licensing and entertainment (Marvel Studios), comic book publishing and toys (Toy Biz). Marvel facilitates the creation of entertainment projects, including feature films, DVD/home video, video games and television programming based on its characters and also licenses its characters for use in a wide range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, snack foods and promotions.

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