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Silver Lining Prod & Mainframe Bond on Small And Friends Series

Silver Lining Prods. and Mainframe Entertainment are co-producing a new animated adventure series (26x22) for preschoolers, SMALL AND FRIENDS, based on the best-selling childrens book series featuring MR. BEAR by Scottish author/illustrator Debi Gliori.

Silver Lining is delighted to be working with Debi Gliori to adapt her brilliant books, said Silver Lining president Diana Manson. She is a writer of enormous range with a fabulous sense of humor. Her Scottish woodland setting is at once exotic and familiar, and her characters could charm the birds out of the trees. The books, which are published in the U.S. by Orchard Books, have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Patrick Granleese, who previously worked with Silver Lining on Rosemary Wells TIMOTHY GOES TO SCHOOL and the current Nick Jr. hit, MAX & RUBY, is writing the series. Flash pre-production and production animation services for a one-minute promo is being provided by Vancouver-based animation studio, Pork and Beans Prods.

This is also Mainframe's first venture into Flash animation, a technology we are excited about because of its flexibility and efficiency," said Mainframes ceo Rick Mischel.

SMALL AND FRIENDS about families who are friends the Rabbit-Bunns, the Bears, the Hoot-Toowits, the Buzzes and the Grizzle Bears, all living together in the Forest of Caledon. Their stories are about the unexpected adventures in everyday life such as when a simple picnic goes awry or a monster invades a camping trip.

Mainframe Ent., in Vancouver, is one of the world's most prolific producers of computer animation for television and direct-to-videos, and is expanding into long-form CGI for feature films, commercials and interactive entertainment. The company is best known as the pioneer of computer animated television series for the groundbreaking REBOOT.

Pork and Beans Prods. provides original content and high quality animation service work for the commercial and television industry. Pork and Beans is providing Flash animation service work on the animated series YAKKITY YAK.

Silver Lining is a television production and brand management company with offices in New York, London and Sydney. The company builds television-driven franchises based on best-selling childrens books and acts as a management company for childrens authors to develop their work across all media. Silver Linings majority shareholder is Pinewood Studios Ltd., the British film and television studio.