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Malaysia’s MDeC Announces Two New Co-Production Deals

Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is delighted to announce that two of its MSC Malaysia-status companies have secured international co-production deals at MIPCOM 2010 to produce kids’ properties Kung Fu Chicken and Red, Yellow & Blue.

Press Release from Multimedia Development Corporation

Cannes, 5 October – Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is delighted to announce that two of its MSC Malaysia-status companies have secured international co-production deals at MIPCOM 2010 to produce kids’ properties Kung Fu Chicken and Red, Yellow & Blue.

Animasia Studio (Malaysia), Agogo International (Hong Kong) and Neptuno Films (Spain) will co-produce 2D animated action adventure series Kung Fu Chicken (26 x 22).

Kung Fu Chicken follows the adventures of Golden Egg Securities, a kung fu-style protection agency serving the residents of Rocky Perch – an island filled with chaos, mayhem and a whole lot of birds. Their services are in great demand as the island is also home to criminal mastermind, Dr Gringo, the Pink Flamingo, who is hell-bent on getting rid of Rocky Perch’s newest heroes. But Golden Egg Securities have a secret weapon – a golden egg, which bestows amazing powers on whoever possesses it, and turns Golden Egg’s owner Chuck into Kung Fu Chicken.

Edmund Chan, Managing Director of Animasia Studio, says: “We see the potential for Kung Fu Chicken to succeed globally as we have very good partners on board for the project. The participation of Neptuno will strengthen our presence in Spanish speaking markets and Europe, while Agogo International will benefit us by giving the show access to Chinese speaking markets.”

Ed-Online Technologies (Malaysia), Scrawl Studios (Singapore) and Bryant Whittle (UK) will co-develop and co-produce animated pre-school series Red, Yellow & Blue (52 x 11).

Red, Yellow & Blue features the adventures of three brave rabbits, the Colour Squad Bunnies, in Rainbow Land where the colourless creature, Mr Dull, has invented a machine that sucks the colours out of everything. It is up to the Colour Squad Bunnies to help restore colour and order to the land. The series will focus on encouraging pre-school children to develop their artistic skills and creativity. The producers are also partnering with a publisher to produce a series of interactive e-books for the global market.

Tan Chiang Loong, Executive Director and Producer, Ed-Online Technologies, says: “We are confident that by leveraging the strengths and experience of both Scrawl Studios and Bryant Whittle for this co-production, we can produce a series which appeals to audiences across the world. We will spare no effort in making this property as good as it can be.”

It has also been announced today that three MSC Malaysia-status companies have signed distribution deals for the Latin American and Hispanic market. Creative animation studio Animasia Studio, 2D and 3D animation specialist Backbone Entertainment and 3D animation experts Les’ Copaque have each agreed distribution deals with Latin Media Corporation (USA).

Latin Media Corporation is working closely with its partner in Malaysia, Worldwide Rights Corporation (WRC) to promote its animation industry to the international market. Today’s deals will see Latin Media Corporation distributing hit programmes such as ABC Monsters, Jinggo, Beanos, Garr, Sugar Pal and Upin & Ipin and Friends.

Jose Escalante, President of Latin Media Corporation, says: “LMC is honoured to be representing Malaysia’s highly rated animation titles to our Latin and Hispanic friends.”

Kamil Othman, Vice President for the Creative Multimedia Department, MDeC, says: “The signing of these two co-production agreements is testament to the strength of the Malaysian animation industry and its world-class studios, facilities and talent. MDeC aims to secure deals for at least five more animation co-productions at the market, worth an estimated $10million in total.

The distribution deals signed by Animasia Studio, Backbone Entertainment and Les’ Copaque further demonstrate that Malaysia is producing high-quality animated content that appeals to a global audience.”

Animasia Studio, Ed-Online Technologies, Backbone Entertainment and Les’ Copaque are MSC Malaysia-status companies brought to MIPCOM by MDeC, the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (FINAS) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM). They can be found at the Malaysian Pavilion, stand number 05.19.

Kung Fu Chicken was executive produced by Edmund Chan for Animasia Studio, Steven Ching for Agogo International and Cristina Brandner for Neptuno Films. Red, Yellow & Blue was executive produced by Tan Chiang Loong for Ed-Online Technologies, Ervin Ann for Scrawl Studios and Amanda Whittle for Bryant Whittle.

MSC MalaysiaMSC or Multimedia Super Corridor Malaysia is the national initiative formed by the Malaysian Government and managed by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) for the purpose of advancing the Malaysian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. Established in 1996, MSC Malaysia has provided an ideal and conducive platform to nurture Malaysian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to become world-class organizations whilst attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in Malaysia

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Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC)The Multimedia Development Corporation is a unique organization established to direct and oversee MSC Malaysia, the national ICT development initiative, by advising the Malaysian Government on legislation and policies, developing industry-specific practices and setting the standards for multimedia and digital operations. MDeC is also responsible for promoting MSC Malaysia locally and globally, whilst providing strategic support to MSC Malaysia Status Companies.

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Agogo InternationalEstablished in 1998, Agogo International Ltd. (AIL) takes up the sales and marketing activities of program distribution, with the aim to provide enriching sources of animation programs for television broadcasting platforms and video market in China. Over they years, the have earned the reputation in offering animation programs with consistent high level quality and entertaining contents that can be easily adapted for different countries.

Animasia StudioRunning since 2005, Animasia Studio Sdn. Bhd. is a one-stop answer to the production of digital contents that offer out-of-the-world creative animation through an on-going idea of oozing colour, fun, adventure and turning still life into motion. A MSC Malaysia Status Company with more than 10 years of experience in animation, they have busted their way through multimedia, animation and various artworks into taking clients to a height of winning numerous awards in Bangkok, Singapore and of course, their home ground Malaysia. In the capacity of character design, concept artwork and storyboarding, Animasia Studio has excelled many Government Ministries and creative companies based locally and abroad. Some of the notable projects produced by Animasia include Bola Kampung, Supa Strikas, Balla Bowl, ABC Monsters.

Bryant WhittleBryant Whittle was established in 2006 to develop and produce a slate of feature films and TV series.  Building on extensive creative and education experience, its specialties include concept development, scriptwriting, composition, songwriting and design.

It is currently negotiating co-production agreements for “Earth Chronicle”, a stereoscopic 3D feature built around an original orchestral symphony, “Delta Ball”, an animated musical adventure feature, and “Maddie”, an animated pre-school TV series.  Projects in script development include “Inaguards”, a sci-fi series aimed at a teenage audience.

Ed-Online TechnologiesEstablished in 2001, Ed-Online is a wholly Malaysian-owned company that specialises in developing content for learning, communications and entertainment. Ed-online has developed a diverse portfolio of e-learning coursewares, corporate presentations and animated TV series. Ed-Online has just released “Ivan’s Thoughts”, a 22 minutes x 13 episodes animated series funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Ed-Online is now co-producing “Eori” with NHC Media of South Korea. Eori is due to be completed in the 4th quarter of 2011. Ed-Online also holds substantial shares in PIA Institute of Art in Ipoh where they conduct diploma courses to groom upcoming talents to fuel the growth of the industry.

Latin Media CorporationLatin Media Corporation is a company that is spearheaded by Jose Escalante, an executive who has been in the production and distribution of television content for over 25 years. Latin Media distributes the catalogue of Canal13 from Chile, Ecuavisa from Ecuador, and a few other independent producers from Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, and Colombia comprising of telenovelas, teen drama, kids stories and animation. Along with its partner WRC, Latin Media Corporation recently partnered with RTM of Malaysia to produce two telenovelas-style Malaysian dramas for the international market. Latin Media Corporation manages distribution rights for mainly Europe, Latin America and North America whilst WRC looks after the rest of the territories.

Neptuno FilmsNeptuno Films was established in 1991 in Terrassa (Barcelona) and soon became a driving force in the world animation production landscape. In the past few years, Neptuno has gone through a steady growth with the build up of a library of universal animated characters with worldwide appeal, especially such animated brands as Connie the Cow or Dougie in Disguise. The company currently constitutes one of the largest fully-fledged studios in Europe with a distribution arm which manages the tv, video and merchandising rights portfolio.

Scrawl StudiosFounded in 2002 and a pioneer in Singapore’s animation scene, Scrawl Studios is an award-winning content provider specialising in animated digital entertainment for television and new media as well as full service 2D/3D animation production. The 90-staff company, with offices in Singapore and Suzhou, China, also manages the intellectual property rights of its character brands for the purpose of worldwide licensing. Well-versed in international co-productions, Scrawl Studios has established a track record of creating and producing quality animation products sold to broadcasters around the world and working with some of the best names in children’s entertainment.

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