Indian animation studio DQ Entertainment announced today that it has signed an exclusive broadcast deal with Viacom18′s children’s channel Nick for the CG-animated TV series Casper. Nick India will begin airing the series in November across the South Asian territories. The series has been worldwide, and has already begun its run on TF1 in France. The new Casper series is a co-production between Classic Media, Moonscoop Group and DQE and Cartoon Network with an estimated budge of $9.36 million.
The new 52 X 11 series, which is called Casper’s Scare School centers on the latest adventures of the friendly ghost, which was originally created in the late 1930s by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo. Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios produced the first Casper animated short titled The Friendly Ghost in 1945. Since then the little pale guy has been the star of many animated series and features and sold numerous Harvey comics issues. In addition to Casper, Classic Media holds the rights to other Harvey Comics characters, including Wendy the Good Witch and Hot Stuff the Devil.
‘We have grown up reading and watching the escapades of this friendly ghost, and it is a privilege to now produce the series with Classic Media and Moonscoop for the next generation,’ says Tapaas Chakravarti, DQE’s chairman and CEO. “DQE is pleased to be involved in the production of yet another iconic brand and we are grateful to Nickelodeon to play host to this lovable and friendly ghost on their network in some very important territories.’
DQE is also developing & producing a new CG-animated series based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, in partnership with ZDF Enterprises and ZDF Broadcasting, Germany, and TF1 Group and Moonscoop, France.