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Monster Goes HDTV In U.S.

Monster Distributes has sold three programs to Animania HD, one of 21 brand-new, commercial-free HD (high-definition) channels created by Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC and available exclusively on VOOM, the first television service to offer a comprehensive array of HDTV programming to customers throughout the continental United States.

Animania HD has picked up both Monsters animated caterpillar stories, HERMIE: A COMMON CATERPILLA, from U.S.-based GlueWorks Entertainment and THE LOST LITTLE CATERPILLER from Iceland-based Caoz Entertainment. Also included is Ape, a half hour model animation from Dublin-based Treasure Entertainment.

Animania HD provides animated kids programming that is delivered with such spectacular images the viewer feels as if theyre being drawn into the program, said Josh Sapan, president/ceo, Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC, creators of Animania HD, which launched in October 2003. Were thrilled to be working with Monster Distributes to deliver such high quality programming to kids.

Andrew Fitzpatrick, chairman of Monster Distributes, said, Animania HD is such a wonderful idea that will bring animation to life in a way that can only be done in high-definition.

Max Lucados HERMIE: A COMMON CATERPILLAR is the clever animated story of two caterpillars who long to escape their dull, boring lives and become something great. Voice talent includes Tim Conway, Don Knotts and Melissa Disney.

Set in New York, THE LOST LITTLE CATERPILLER tells the story of the adventure of a spellbound princess and her struggle to understand the complexities of life. Voices include Alfred Molina (FRIDA, CHOCOLAT, MAGNOLIA, SPECIES), comedian Dom Irrera (THE BIG LEBOWSKI) and Michael McElhatton (THE ACTORS, I WENT DOWN).

APE is about an orangutan who escapes from the zoo and, having learned to pass himself off as a man, goes on to become a famous chat show presenter, described as a cross between Jay Leno and Tony Soprano.

Monster Distributes (www.monsterdistributes.com) is an international distribution company, which finances and distributes television series worldwide. Other recent sales of animated programs include HARVIE KRUMPET, with sales to VPRO Netherlands, Arte in France, TSR Switzerland and Madman in Australia, THE TOLL COLLECTOR, with sales to Canal Plus Scandinavia, Sogecable Spain, Arte France, TSR Switzerland and Showtime in the U.S., and the popular Oscar-nominated GIVE UP YER AUL SINS, and animated pre-school series WHY?, both recently sold to Raisat Italy, with a sale to Teletoon France for WHY?, and HOP! in Israel and Innoform Singapore licensing the second series.

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