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France Animation Sees Success With Series Sales

France Animation has signed a number of deals across its children's programming catalogue. Following the success of the first 26 episodes of animated series WHEEL SQUAD, Disney Channel Asia has made a commitment to the second season with a deal for a further 13 episodes. Radio Canada has also picked up all 39 episodes for broadcast beginning in September 2002. The series, which has also been sold to Disney Middle East and Fox Kids Latin America, is a co-production with Rai, M6, Praxinos and Colorland Animation. In addition, France Animation has made a pre-sale to Canadas TFO for its preschool series COSY CORNER. Produced by French production company Storimages, in association with France 5, TEVA and Teletoon France, COSY CORNER is a 52 x 6-minute traditionally animated series that teaches children how to form relationships with friends and family. The series debuted at MIP-TV and Universal Visual has already picked up the home video rights for France. France Animation holds the worldwide distribution rights. Finally, TITEUF, an animated series based on the comic book character created ten years ago by Swiss cartoonist Zep, continues to be successful. The series continues to air on France 3 in primetime, and is also showing on ARD (Germany) and is set to broadcast on Radio-Canada in September 2002. Universal Pictures Video plans to launch a second compilation of TITEUF on video and DVD in France this year with volume three following in early 2003. The first TITEUF home video collection resulted in sales of 70,000 VHS units and 20,000 DVD units in France alone. The entire video and DVD series has also been picked up by Universal Video / Benelux for sale in the Benelux region. France Animation is also seeing success with its live-action series CYBERGIRL and INSECTOSCOPE. CYBERGIRL, a Jonathan Shiff co-production with France Animation, ZDF, Ten Network and FFC and PFTM, saw two recent sales to both Fox Kids UK and Fox Kids France, and INSECTOSCOPE has signed new deals with Discovery Kids UK, NRK in Norway and EBS in Korea. The kids' documentary series is co-produced with Rai 3 and MC4.