New Deals Secured Across Europe, The Middle East and Asia for Top-Rated Animated Children's Series The Owl & Co.
London, UK (April 7, 2014)—DreamWorks Classics, owner of some of the world’s leading family entertainment brands, announced today that they have secured a range of new deals across Europe, The Middle East and Asia, with partners including Super RTL(Germany), DR(Denmark) Planeta Junior(Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus) MBC(Middle East) Minika Channel(Turkey) TVB(Hong Kong) and Cineplex(Thailand), for the innovative children’s series, The Owl & Co.
This 3D-CGI TV series,consistingof 78 seven-minute episodes(78 x 7)for children ages six and up, is producedby Paris-based independent audiovisual production company, Studio Hari,in partnership with France Télévisions.Following the huge success of the first series, this brand new series continues to follow The Owl, whose sole desire is to hunt caterpillarswithout being distracted. However, the forest he inhabits is populated with battyanimals, all of whom are ongoing sources of trouble and annoyance, and thisridiculous pink-colored character who floats above his feetis faced with the daily challenge of just trying to stay in one piece. The original series featured fifty-two one minute (52 x 1minute)episodes that received top audience ratings and aired in 200 countries Worldwide. Four television specials based on the series premiered last year, and the all-new The Owl & Co.episodes (78 x 7) will roll out internationally throughout 2014.
“We are thrilled to be working with DreamWorks Classics on this key property,”said Josselin Charier, co-founder of Studio Hariwith Antoine Rodelet. “The expertise of DreamWorks Classics in managing the world’s most well-known kids properties is for us the best asset to build a strong and successfulbrand with The Owl & Co.”
“We are absolutely delighted with the initial response to this hilariously funny series, and to have already secured such great platformsfor The Owl & Co.It’s exciting to see the mishaps of The Owl continue to entertain children and families around the world, and we look forward to being able to broaden the reach with further partners at MIPTV,” says Chloe van den Berg, EVP, International, DreamWorks Classics.
DreamWorks Classics ownsone of the most extensive portfolios of long-enduring family entertainment franchises, including Casper the Friendly Ghost®, Where’s Waldo?®, Lassie®, The Lone Ranger®, George of the Jungle®and Rocky & Bullwinkle™. It representsboth the original CG animated television productions from DreamWorks Animation, including DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk and an all-new television series based on the studio’s upcoming animated feature film Turbo, along with Classic Media’s well-known movies, series and specials.
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world.The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team andadvanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the”100 Best Companies to WorkFor” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013,DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are producedin 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 28 animated featurefilms, including the franchiseproperties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train YourDragon, Puss In Boots, and TheCroods.
About Studio Hari
Studio Hari is an independent audiovisual production company based in Paris. Founded in 2006 by Josselin Charier andAntoine Rodelet, Studio Hari is both a production company and an animation studio. Specialized in bringing feature-quality 3D animation to the small screen, Studio Hari is gaining a reputation for developping original character-driven properties with a distinct comedic value for family audiences. Previous series from Studio Hari “The Owl”, “Leon” and “The Gees” have aired across 200 territories, including France 3, BBC, ZDF, Disney, SVT, Cartoon Network, TV4, Nickelodeon, DR, ABC and more. Following these great international successes, Studio Hari is now consolidating its position in the animation market with the production of “The Owl & Co.” (78 x 7) and a strong slate of original creations in development –all of them carrying the editorial DNA that made the success of its first productions. www.studiohari.com
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