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MIPCOM News: FKE Offers Three Fresh Ones

Fox Kids Europe (FKE) is taking 144 half-hour episodes of fresh programming to MIPCOM, including three new kids properties, SONIC X, TUTENSTEIN and SHAMAN KING.

FKE has acquired all TV and home video rights for the world, excluding North America and Asia, for 52 half-hour episodes of SONIC X from TMS Entertainment Ltd. This marks the first animated adaptation of the videogame and TV series hedgehog hero to be created in Japan, (DIC Ent. did the first animated TV series in the U.S.).

FKE has also picked up all TV, home video, online and interactive plus merchandising rights to 26 half-hours of the comic/fantasy series, TUTENSTEIN, for Europe, Israel and French-speaking Africa. PorchLight Entertainment produced the series for Discovery Kids in the U.S. about a 3,000-year-old boy pharaoh who wakes up in the 21st century, mistakenly thinking he still rules the world.

SHAMAN KING is a new animated, fantasy/adventure series based upon 13-year-old shaman priest, Yoh, and Morty, his classmate, from TV Tokyo MediaNet. FKE has acquired TV and home video rights to 64 half-hours of the series for Europe (excluding Spain and Portugal), the Middle East, Israel, and French- and English-speaking Africa (excluding South Africa).

These three very strong new properties make an excellent addition to FKEs existing line-up of popular kids programming, said Benoit Runel, svp, programming and acquisitions for FKE. Jam-packed with highly imaginative storylines, magic, fantasy, action and adventure, we are confident that the new series will have an international appeal.

The three properties will join FKEs portfolio of programs serviced by Buena Vista Intl TV. FKE ( produces and broadcasts television channels for children, 2-14. Fox Kids channels are broadcast to 57 countries, offering content tailored specifically to the local audience in each market. FKEs main markets include the U.K., the Netherlands, France, Germany, the Nordic region, Spain, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Russia, Israel and Italy.