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Flying Bark Prods. & A Stark Production Join Forces

Flying Bark Prods. Pty. Ltd. in Autralia has joined forces with A Stark Production to establish a new company -- A Stark Ent. A Stark Ent., which comes under the umbrella of Flying Bark Prods. and will be responsible for creating and developing independent projects in children's entertainment programming.

One of Australia's leading creative producers, Avrill Stark, will serve as md/cd of A Stark Ent. Stark has written and produced children's animation for more than a decade. Her successes include the Logie-nominated POP PUPS, as well as KULLI FOOT and GREEN TEA, both winners at the Sydney Film Festival. She has extensive knowledge of the international children's television market, and, over the past six years, has been responsible for the development, production and international finance of a broad range of children's programs on the international market.

Michael Hefferon, md of Flying Bark Prods., said "I am excited that Flying Bark Prods. has the opportunity to work with Avrill, who is such a renowned and experienced Australian producer. It emphasises our dedication to supporting great Australian creative talent."

Stark will also serve as cd of Flying Bark Prods., as she leads the creative direction of both companies.

"Australia possesses an incredible talent pool and I believe that this venture will bring many exciting opportunities to combine these creative skills," said Stark.

A Stark Ent. launched at MIPTV with two of her properties -- BILLY'S BLOCKS, a pre-school series featuring strong play patterns, and JONNY POPS, an innovative combination of live presentation, stop motion and Flash animation.

The formation of A Stark Ent. and the appointment of Stark signal two milestones in Flying Bark Prods. commitment to supporting both Australian creative talent and Australian programming for both local and international audiences.

Flying Bark Prods. (formerly Yoram Gross-EM.TV Pty. Ltd., established by Yoram and Sandra Gross in 1968, www.flyingbark.com.au), is located in Camperdown NSW Australia and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EM.Entertainment GmbH. It is one of Australia's leading producers of high quality children's animation programs and family entertainment formats. Flying Bark Prods. is active in the production, licensing, marketing and interactive sectors and is the parent company of Greenpatch Prods., Forest Interactive and Trackdown Digital (TDD).

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