Gerry Anderson Prods. has teamed with Sony Pictures Ent. and Sony Wonder, the family and children's entertainment division of newly merged Sony BMG Music Ent., to launch 26 episodes of the CG-animated television series GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET, which is in production at Pinewood Studios outside of London. TriMedia Ent. Group was instrumental in facilitating the arrangement between Gerry Anderson Prods. and Sony Wonder, and will participate in all revenue streams which result from the partnership.
Sony Wonder spearheaded the arrangement between Gerry Anderson Prods. and the multiple Sony entities that are to participate in the exploitation of the new series. Sony Pictures Television Intl launched the broadcast sale of the series for international territories at MIPCOM 2004. Sony Pictures Television will represent the series in the U.S. broadcast market and Sony Pictures Consumer Products will lead the development of licensing and merchandising efforts outside of the U.K. Sony Wonder will distribute the series on video and DVD and will work with legendary music producer Chris Schwartz's TriMedia Ent. Group to develop and release CAPTAIN SCARLET-based soundtrack recordings.
"The debut of the new and updated GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET will mark the return of one of the most exciting and influential programs in the history of children's television," commented David Pierce, evp/gm, Sony Wonder. "The series combines exciting plot lines and time tested characters such as Captain Scarlet and Captain Black with up-to-the-minute CGI animation techniques, and the results are nothing less than spectacular. We anticipate that GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET will be embraced by consumers around the world, and we're delighted to be working with Gerry Anderson, as well as with the Sony Pictures Ent. team, on the roll-out of this exciting new series."
"Gerry Anderson is a legendary producer with a loyal audience worldwide," said Peter Iacono, evp distribution, Sony Pictures Television International. "CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS was a phenomenal success and we believe that audiences around the world will embrace his innovative use of CGI animation in GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET, just as he captured the imaginations of a generation with the original."
An update of the classic 1960s supermarionation series CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS, GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET follows Spectrum agents Captain Scarlet and Captain Black after they are sent to investigate mysterious alien signals, which leads to Captain Black mistakenly firing an attack. The men are destroyed after the Mysterons retaliate, only to be recreated as agents of evil to destroy Earth. After Black returns from the grave to lead the alien campaign, Scarlet escapes the Mysterons' influence and regains control of his human psyche. But, he also possesses a true alien quality, he's indestructible.
Gerry Anderson Prods. (GAP) plc is the production company set up in the U.K. by Margetts Financial Services in 2003 to raise 100% of funds for and to produce GERRY ANDERSON'S NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET. It is the single most successful fundraising of its type for film or television production in U.K. history.
Sony BMG Music Ent. is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony BMG Music Ent. is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corp. of America.
Sony Wonder / SMV is the children's and family programming division of Sony BMG Music Ent. The company develops, produces and distributes a broad array of audio, video and DVD titles in licensing and distribution partnerships with such recognized branded content suppliers as Sesame Workshop (SESAME STREET), WGBH (ARTHUR), Big Idea (VEGGIETALES), Classic Media (RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
TriMedia Ent. Group Inc. is a multimedia entertainment company. The company develops, produces and distributes a broad range of music, motion picture and other filmed entertainment content through its following operating subsidiaries: RuffNation Music Inc., Metropolitan Recording Inc., RuffNation Films LLC. and Snipes Production LLC.