DQ Entertainment plc (AIM:DQE), the global entertainment, production and distribution group, is pleased to announce three new contract wins, associated with two new productions.
1. Two co-production agreements for Robin Hood with TF1, France and Minika ATV Turkey
DQE has entered into a co-production agreement with TF1, the major French broadcaster and Method Animation for the new 3D animated TV series of Robin Hood. The Company has also signed a co-production agreement with Minika TV, ATV's new Turkish kids network.
TF1 will hold the broadcast rights for the Robin Hood series for France and French speaking territories.
2. Co-production agreement for "Lanfeust"
DQE has entered into a co-production agreement with Gaumont Alphanim ("Alphanim"), France, the principal rights holders for the new 3D animated CGI TV series "Lanfeust".
Alphanim has acquired the rights for "Lanfeust of Troy" a long running French language comic series written by Christophe Arleston, drawn by Didier Tarquin, and published by Editions Delcourt. Alphanim is producing the series and will handle all of the creative aspects. As co-producer, DQE will be responsible for animation production.
The global territories, including France and other French speaking territories and backend revenues from all sources of income will be shared between Alphanim and DQE. M6 and Canalj are the French broadcasters backing the series.
Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman and CEO of DQEntertainment said: "These agreements will help us expand our content library whilst embarking on new and exciting ventures which have exciting commercial opportunities globally.
DQE is one of the leading producers of animation, visual effects, game art and live action entertainment content for the global media and entertainment industry. With a workforce of approximately 3,200 employees and a global client - partner base of over 100 producers, distributors, broadcasters and licensors, including Walt Disney Group, Universal Pictures, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc., Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, American Greetings, the BBC, M6 / France TV Group / TF-1, all leading broadcasting and distribution groups from France, ZDF TV and ZDF Enterprises, a leading pubcaster and distributor from Germany, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera - Arabic nations, Disney Channels - Asia, Cartoon Network Group and many more worldwide.
DQE has produced/co-produced and distributed iconic animated brands such as Iron Man , Twisted Whiskers, Mikido, Casper, Pinky & Perky, Large Family, Mickey Mouse Club House and Penguins of Madagascar TV series and is now co-producing properties like The Little Prince, Little Nick, Iron Man, Charlie Chaplin and others with major international broadcasters and producers. DQE has a substantial library of international programs for distribution and licensing globally for TV, home entertainment, merchandising and publishing. Two feature films are also currently in development at DQE.
DQE has received over 35 awards including an EMMY, at several national and international forums recognising creativity and excellence. Among these are the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award, The UK Broadcast Award 2010, Sichuan TV Festival International "Gold Panda" Award, 11 Emmy nominations and an Emmy Award administered by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, USA for 'Tutenstein' animated TV series. The Jungle Book produced by DQE was nominated in 5 categories at the Cartoons on the bay - Pulcinella awards Italy in 2011.
For further information:
DQ Entertainment International
Tapaas Chakravarti - Chairman and CEO
Rashida Adenwala - Director Finance & Investor Relations
Tel: +91 40 235 53726
Seymour Pierce Ltd
Nandita Sahgal / David Foreman (Corporate Finance)
Paul Jewell (Corporate Broking)
Tel: +44 (0)207 107 8000
Mark Edwards / Suzanne Brocks / Clare Akhurst
Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5000
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