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Noodlesoup, Johnson Group Put Fresh Spin On Fairy Tales

Noodlesoup Prods, an animation studio moving up the ranks in New York City, and The Johnson Group, a rapidly growing independent production firm in McLean, Virginia, are developing FRESH SPINS, a direct-to-video childrens series featuring a modernized animated version of favorite fables and fairy tales.

FRESH SPINS is an original concept created by Noodlesoup founder and childrens author Jeffrey Nodelman, and is one of 20 original projects that his studio has in the development pipeline. Noodlesoup will produce and design the animation with a unique style and color palette geared toward kids. The pilot episode is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2004.

The stories are hosted by a 3D-live action puppet, an alien DJ spinning his way through the cosmos in a spaceship. Each episode will integrate a strong musical component, creating a catchy song-and-dance appeal, under the musical direction of Rashida Jones with lyrics from Grammy winner Seth Friedman. Prolific childrens screenwriter David Stern is onboard to write the series.

Noodlesoup and The Johnson Group will serve as exec producers for the series, while The Johnson Group will provide principal financial support for the pilot. The partnership with Noodlesoup is an effort by The Johnson Group to expand its slate of projects to include innovative programming that makes a positive difference in the lives of those who experience them, according to founder Robert M. Johnson.

Founded in 2001, Noodlesoup Prods. is a full-service animation studio, located in the heart of Times Square in Manhatten. The studio creates original content in addition to providing production services for the entertainment and advertising industries. The studio is producing the The Venture Bros series for the Cartoon Network, commissioned after the successful debut of the pilot in February 2003. which aired in February 2003. For more information, please visit

The Johnson Group is an award-winning media company that produces television reality series, broadcast documentaries, theatrical films, live performances and events, and corporate communications media. For more information, please go to: