Australian animation veteran Yoram Gross has teamed with L.A.-based production firm Coote/Hayes Prods. to form YG USA, reported VARIETY. The new firm has already inked a domestic television and homevideo deal with Miramax on the series FLIPPER & LOPAKA, which is set for release in July. Greg Coote and Jeff Hayes head Coote/Hayes Prods., whose executive Edward Olson will serve as president of YG USA. Olson will oversee the development of new projects and properties as well as promoting Gross' animation library in North and Latin America.
Other series in development include INVINCIBLE, a co-production with Circle of Confusion, based on a Robert Kirkman novel; a co-production with Canada's Thunderbird Film and Leaping Lizards Prods. on a live-action/animated Comic Hero series; and FUZZY HEROES, a cartoon created by writers Judith and Garfield Reeve-Stevens.