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Varga TVC going golden

Golden Books Family Entertainment has signed a deal with animation production company Varga tvc Ltd. (formed last year between Hungarian Varga Studios and TVC London) to produce animated video specials based on the Golden Books titles: "The Poky Little Puppy," "Saggy Baggy Elephant" and "Scuffy the Tugboat." The three videos will be available by Spring 1999. All animation production will take place at Varga tvc's London studio, with a production team that includes writer Bruce Talkington, creative director Dave Unwin and director Ramon Modiano. Varga producer Andras Erkel said, "Since Varga tvc launched in 1997 we have worked with American partners including Miramax and we are thrilled to be co-developing and producing this slice of American culture with Golden Books." Lauren Levine, Golden Books' vice president of creative affairs said, "It's a challenge taking these classic characters and making them fun and relevant to kids, some 40 years after they first came out. Working with John Coates and Varga tvc, who brought 'Peter Rabbit' and 'The Snowman' to life, ensures that our legacy is in the best possible hands."