Discovery Kids Summons More Tutenstein

PorchLight Ent.’s Emmy-winning animated series, Tutenstein, will continue to thrill and educate kids 6-14 on Discovery Kids on NBC and Discovery Kids Channel. PorchLight CEO and series exec producer Bruce Johnson announced that 13 more half-hour episodes have been ordered by Discovery Kids, PorchLight’s U.S. production partner, for delivery in 2006. Discovery Kids Channel is currently carrying the initial 26-episode package.

"As our first animated series, Tutenstein has helped define what this genre means for Discovery Kids," comments Marjorie Kaplan, exec VP and general manager of Discovery Kids. "Thanks to its many strengths, Tutenstein has become as fun and entertaining as any animated series while maintaining our need to provide the kind of compelling real-world information that our audience craves."

Tutenstein centers on a 3010-year-old boy-mummy-Pharaoh who is brought back when lightning strikes his sarcophagus in a modern-day museum. The once powerful king believes he is the supreme ruler of the world and schemes to take his rightful place with the help of Cleo, a hip, 21st-century 12-year-old girl and Luxor, his faithful feline servant. The series combines ancient Egyptian mythology with contemporary, urban humor. PorchLight’s production team works closely with Dr. Peter Lacovara, an Egyptology consultant who makes sure the historical content is authentic.

In addition to heading up production on Tutenstein, PorchLight holds TV distribution rights in Asia and Africa, and free TV distribution rights in South America. The company also holds worldwide licensing and video rights, excluding the U.S. and South America. Jetix Europe, PorchLight’s European partner for free TV distribution has licensed Tutenstein’s existing 26-episode package throughout Europe and Australia.

Los Angeles-based PorchLight Ent. (www.porchlight.com) has produced the award-winning animated PBS children’s series, Jay Jay The Jet Plane amd Adventures From the Book of Virtues, as well as animated long form movies The Night Before Christmas: A Mouse Tale, The Haunted Pumpkin Of Sleepy Hollow and The Christmas Dinosaur. In addition to Tutenstein, the company’s current production slate includes the animated series Four Eyes for France 3 and Nickelodeon Asia.

Tutenstein can be found on the web at www.tutenstein.com and www.discoverykids.com.