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Mainframe & Protocol Team On Live-Action Harriet The Spy

Mainframe Ent. and Protocol Ent. have announced that Protocol will create a new half-hour live-action series based on the classic HARRIET THE SPY children's novels. Protocol will produce 22 half-hour episodes, with HARRIET rights owner 2 Friends Ent. acting as exec. producers and U.S. sales agent and Mainframe retaining international distribution rights. Rick Mischel, ceo of Mainframe, will be engaged by Protocol as an exec producer on the project.

"HARRIET THE SPY is absolutely the perfect choice for Mainframe's first foray into live-action family entertainment," Mischel said. "The incredible longevity and popularity of the HARRIET THE SPY property has paved the way for this new television series, which we believe has tremendous potential. We have big plans to entertain and intrigue young audiences everywhere with all-new HARRIET escapades."

"This new series will be a perfect demonstration of our pledge to produce high-quality family entertainment," said Steve Levitan, president, Protocol Ent. "Mainframe Ent.shows the same dedication to excellence, which makes it the perfect distributor for this new venture. Fans of books will be thrilled with the new series, which promises all the fun, excitement, and adventure that they have come to expect from their beloved Harriet."

HARRIET THE SPY novels by Louise Fitzhugh have sold more than four million copies in the U.S. since the publication of the first book in 1964. The novels have garnered a multitude of awards, and were named number 7 on the list of the New York Times Best Children's Books of the Century. The feature film, HARRIET THE SPY, was released by Paramount Pictures in 1996.

Wendy Moss-Klein and Nancy Steingard of 2 Friends Ent. said, "We feel fortunate to be able to help bring this landmark property to market. We are excited to work with Protocol and Mainframe who share our commitment and vision."

Mainframe Ent. Inc. 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. Mainframe's majority shareholder is IDT Ent., the IDT subsidiary focused on developing, acquiring, producing and distributing computer-generated and traditionally animated productions and other productions for the film, broadcast and direct-to-consumer markets. IDT Ent. is a subsidiary of IDT Corp., a multinational telecom, entertainment and technology company.

From its inception in 1993, Protocol Ent.'s goals have been to develop, finance, produce and market TV and film productions have achieved record sales and worldwide distribution success. For more information, visit

2 Friends Ent. is a multimedia company dedicated to bringing unique and meaningful entertainment to children from infancy to 12 years old.

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