RAI Trade held a special launch reception for its new edutainment series, AMAZING HISTORY, at its stand during MIPCOM. The series strives to explain, in an entertaining manner for kids and adults, great historical events via live-action and lots of computer graphics, narrated by 3D animated hosts Mr. Chan, an alien from Mars, and Betty the sheep. They are tutored by the impeccable Prof.
Although Christopher Grace recently stepped own as the champion of animation at Welsh broadcaster S4C, its distribution arm still is very much in the animation game as S4C International presented two children's animation pilots at MIPCOM. TIFF was created by Siriol and KIRK was created by Cart_n Cymru. Grace, co-founder of S4C, will help produce the two shows. S4C hopes to strike co-production deals for both projects.
In addition, S4C presented 20 hours of new documentaries to be sold at the market
Announced in connection with its visit to MIPCOM, ICON Animation has signed multiple international deals.
Upon the deals struck at MIPCOM, Banjax will be taking its new show GENE-FUSION to Brand Licensing London, running October 28-29, 2003. The 26x22 series is set to go in production in January after broadcast deals are sealed with partnerships formed at MIPCOM.
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) announced at MIPCOM that it would handle the international distribution and licensing for Comedy Central and Spike TV properties. Both Comedy Central and Spike TV are wholly owned by MTV Networks. Comedy Central airs animated programs SOUTH PARK and KID NOTORIOUS and Spike TV airs THE REN & STIMPY ADULT PARTY CARTOON, GARY THE RAT and STRIPPERELLA.
Dick Clark Prods. has acquired the rights to comic strip LUANN to develop it into a live-action TV series. The comic chronicles Luann, a typical teenage girl who encounters the day-to-day horrors of adolescence. Fred Bronson (AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS) will shepard the project with Dick Clark Prods.' Nicole Raffanello and Larry Klein.
"I realize that adolescence is a very funny time except when you're in it," said comic creator Greg Evans. "It's a unique phase in life that's troublesome and hilarious at the same time, particularly for girls."
POLICE ACADEMY: THE SERIES producer Steve Levitan and CLONE HIGH writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed a deal to create, write and exec produce an animated series for FOX, based on Phil Hendrie, the critically-acclaimed KFI-AM talk show host, reported DAILY VARIETY. Hendrie will serve as co-exec producer and main voice talent for the series.
Watch out Spike TV as Comedy Central delivers what should ultimately satisfy its favorite male demographics with Robert Evans as his animated self in KID NOTORIOUS, premiering Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at 10:30 pm on COMEDY CENTRAL. It offers loads of sex, sleaze, drugs, raw language, guns, violence, racial slurs and political satire with an arresting graphic style and sophisticated writing just made for adult men and ladies who like to ride rough with the boys.
SOUTH PARK is back with eight new episodes with a blatant attempt to ride the coattails of all the new hit shows with a fashionable queer sensibility, as Comedy Central proclaims SOUTH PARK is gay. Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny continue to wreak havoc in their small mountain town when all-new episodes begin airing on Wednesday, October 22 at 10:00 pm on Comedy Central. Now, theyll be doing it with more flair and style.
France Animation has signed a deal with Télétoon in France for new series AQUAKIDS. Produced by leading Korean animation company Cinepix, the 26x26 show features a state-of-the-art, dynamic 3D animation style for kids 6-12 that combines kids, robots and underwater adventures.
Set in the near future, the series is based in a fantastic world where humans live at sea and where every child has a cuddly little pet robot that can transform into a powerful diving gear.
VH1 presents a night of animation with the premiere of VH1 GOES INSIDE: SOUTH PARK and the original new series, VH1's ILL-USTRATED, a half-hour animated sketch comedy show which unleashes the forces of satire on popular musicians, bands, pop icons, divas and all things pop culture.
PorchLight Ent. and Pictor Media have launched FOUR EYES at MIPCOM Jr. The 52x12 series is being produced for FRANCE 3 and has already been picked up for airing by Disney Channel U.K. The show follows the comic adventures of Emma, a spoiled, popular alien girl who fails the fifth grade and, as punishment, is sent to a boarding school on Earth to "see how the other half lives."
Abbey Home Media Group presented the multimedia launch of the WIDE EYE television series at this years MIPCOM. Co-produced with the BBC and made by the BAFTA award-winning King Rollo Films, the 26x10 2D animation series is due to air on CBeebies and CBeebies on BBC Two this fall. The educational preschool series features animal characters and music plus voiceovers from actors such as Jane Horrocks (LITTLE VOICE).
As part of the recent MIPCOM Jr 2003, Parijat Studio presented its two new series BORIS DESMOND & HUBERT and BOB & THE MACHINE. Both projects were written and directed by Parijat principals Atish Tripathi and Nalin Thakur. The fledgling studio hopes to secure co-production partners on the two comedy series.
Located in Hyderabad, India and found in Feb. 2003, Parijat Studio is an independent animation company, which aims to produce new and original content for television and other media, worldwide.
MarVista Entertainment has acquired the worldwide television distribution rights for A VERY WOMPKEE CHRISTMAS. The one-hour 3D animated special began sales at MIPCOM. Sony Wonder has the U.S. home entertainment rights. The story follows the littlest Wompkee Twig as she hopes her Christmas wish to fly like the others will come true.
CineGroupe, along with Film Roman, launched its new 3D animation series TRIPPING THE RIFT at MIPCOM 2003 in Cannes, France. The sci-fi spoof follows the adventures of Chode, the horny purple captain of the Free Enterprise, and his conflicted and extreme crew, as they travel the universe, looking to make a quick buck and avoid getting thrown in jail.
Atomic Arts unveils more of their adult animated series ANIMAL PHARM at MIPCOM. Sponsored by Channel 4, the program debuted earlier in the year at Cartoon Forum in Varese, Italy. Created in house, the 13x24 series is slated for production later this year and will be produced at both Atomics U.K. and Eastern European studios.
Berliner Film Company (BFC), an emerging premiere producer of original animated programming in Germany, will offer international buyers what it hopes is a dynamic lineup of exciting, eye-catching animated series at this years MIPCOM.
LevyMann Entertainment is back for MIPCOM 2003 at booth 19.01 with four complete episodes of its 11-minute animated musical preschool series ITTY BITTY HEARTBEATS. The Beverly Hills-based company has entered into an agreement with Toys R Us, Inc. to release the series October 21, 2003, in an exclusive 30-day direct-to-video launch in the U.S. before heading to other mass retailers.
Mondo TV will have eight series on hand when it attends this years MIPCOM. LUPO ALBERTO II is a 13x30 series based on the famous Silvers comic strips. The show follows Lupo Alberto, the leader of the eccentric animals that live on the McKenzie Farm. SPAGHETTI FAMILY is a 26x30 series from the famous Italian cartoonist Bruno Bozzetto. The series follows the everyday lives of the chaotic Spaghetti family. CYBORG KUROCHAN is a 65x30 series based on the popular Kodansha-published comic book.
American producer Curious Pictures sails into MIPCOM on the wake of the recent launch of its show CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR, on Cartoon Network in Europe and Latin America. These include:
Antefilms Production will be launching two new series, as well as its other successfully series, at booth 24.05 at this years MIPCOM. This announcement comes on the heals of Antefilms announcement that it has purchased France Animation, which produces LITTLE VAMPIRE, SPACE LUNIES, and DR. DOG.
Tarzana, California-based ECI Entertainment will be offering SCOOTER MCDOOGAL, a 2D animated series for screening at MIPCOM Jr. Based upon a comic book series published by ECI Publishing, the show chronicles the adventures of a young Earth boy who accidentally inherits a magical scooter, called Wisdom 1 meant for Greek god Zeus' bratty grandson Bratticus. The first six issues of the comic were released in summer 2003. Targeted to 6-11 year olds, 26 half-hour episodes are planned for the first season. Indian firm DQ Entertainment is producing.