W!LDBRAIN has inked an overall exclusive deal with animation veteran Danny Antonucci, creator of ED, EDD N EDDY, one of the highest-rated and longest-running original cartoons on Cartoon Network. Under the exclusive pact, Antonucci will develop original television series, feature film and new media projects for W!LDBRAIN. The development slate reflects a variety of projects that appeal to kids and adults.
"ED, EDD N EDDY is a landmark in animation. Over the years, Danny has built a fervent fan base ranging from 5 to 25 who can't wait to see what he does next," said Bob Higgins, head of creative, W!LDBRAIN. "His creative vision and off-center sense of humor are a perfect match for W!LDBRAIN," Higgins said.
"Animation will never be the same," said Antonucci. "I've been a fan of the talent and the legacy of the studio for quite some time. W!LDBRAIN has always led the charge in animation and consistently delivers content that pushes the envelope. It was only a matter of time before our roads would cross paths," he continued.
The pact with Antonucci follows the success of YO GABBA GABBA!, W!LDBRAIN's preschool series created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, which will premiere its second season on Nick, Jr. on September 22.
Antonucci, a thirty-year industry veteran, is currently at work on a 90-minute special for Cartoon Network based on ED, EDD N EDDY, which is produced by A.K.A. Cartoon inc., the Canadian-based animation company he launched in 1994. Winner of the National Cartoonists Society's Ruben award, Antonucci has served in all capacities in animation, from storyboard artist to executive producer.
He began his career at Canimage Production, a division of Hanna-Barbera, where he worked on numerous shows, including THE FLINSTONES COMEDY HOUR, the SCOOBY-DOO & SCRAPPY SHOW and the feature film, HEAVY METAL. Antonucci's credits also include creating and directing the groundbreaking short film LUPO THE BUTCHER and the infamous series THE BROTHERS GRUNT for MTV Networks, along with numerous award-winning commercials.