Paris, France -- Technicolor , ABC Television Australia and Australian producer Avrill Stark’s A Stark Production have finalized a partnership for the development of the award-winning graphic novel series (published by Gestalt Comics), The Deep, as a CGI animated children’s series.
“Inspired by the imaginative stories of Tom Taylor and the magnificent illustrations of James Brouwer, the ABC Television/Stark/Technicolor partnership shares a vision for this series as an inventive and visually stunning entertainment experience for the entire family,” said Steven Wendland, Vice President of Animation, Technicolor’s Digital Productions Division.
“I’m elated to be working with Technicolor and ABC Television on the development of The Deep,” added Avrill Stark, CEO & Executive Producer, A Stark Production. “With storylines blending science fiction / fantasy and underwater adventures with family relationships, together with spectacular visuals, this series is sure to be off the charts when it comes to innovation and pushing creative boundaries.”
“The combined creative expertise of Technicolor and Avrill Stark and the response by children to The Deep graphic novels immediately piqued our interest,” said Chris Rose, Commissioning Editor Animation, ABC Television. “We’re excited to be involved in the development of this new series.”
Created by multi-award-winning best-selling comic book author and playwright Tom Taylor (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Star Wars: Blood Ties) and illustrator James Brouwer (Justice League Beyond), the international hit graphic novel series, The Deep, follows the incredible adventures of a family of underwater explorers who seek to unravel the mysteries of the deep sea. Technicolor, ABC Television and A Stark Production will develop stories for CGI animated episodes of The Deep, targeting kids 8 to 12 and their families, with a view to securing finance to produce 26 half hour episodes. Technicolor will present The Deep to other potential partners in the Buyers’ Club at this year’s MIPJunior/MIPCOM (5-10 October).
Technicolor’s Digital Productions Division produces high-quality CG animation for feature films, television, direct-to-video, commercials, video games and location-based entertainment through its industry-leading production facility in Bangalore, India. The group launched its original content development initiative in 2010 and is currently in development on several projects in addition to The Deep, including Atomic Puppet, a co-production with Canada’s Mercury Filmworks, and Chamelia, based on the book series from acclaimed author Ethan Long. Complementing its services business with original content creation, Technicolor’s Digital Productions Division continues to work with major animation clients, including Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Mattel, Rockstar Games, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Square Enix.