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FitzRoy Media Pacts With Heathcliff Cartoonist Peter Gallagher

After 35 years of tantalizing Mr. and Mrs. Nutmeg, and non-stop shenanigans at the local fish store, Heathcliff, the world's best known street-smart cat, is contemplating even more mischief. FitzRoy Media has signed cartoonist Peter Gallagher, who now writes and draws the comic strip created by his uncle, George Gately, in 1973, to a development deal for the orange and black feline.

Under the agreement, FitzRoy Media will develop animated feature films, direct-to-DVD releases and location based entertainment projects, in addition to reaching out to the licensing and merchandising community with opportunities to develop additional products based on the evergreen Heathcliff character.

Peter Gallagher took over writing and drawing the HEATHCLIFF comic strip in 1998 after apprenticing with his uncles, George Gately and John Gallagher, for more than six years. He studied art at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where he now teaches courses in illustration. In addition to his work on HEATHCLIFF, Gallagher is also the creator of "The Jersey Tomato," which runs in WEIRD NJ, a bi-annual magazine described as a travel guide to places you won't find on state funded maps or located on any tourist attraction pamphlets.