Independent distributor and co-producer INDIGO has signed a deal with Nickelodeon Asia for the Indian animated series, The Adventures of Tenali Raman. Produced by Toonz Animation, the series will air in November on Nickelodeon’s Philippine and Asia feed, which reaches viewers in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore.
Based on a character from Indian folklore, The Adventures of Tenali Raman (26×11) takes viewers back to a time of monarchs and palaces. Tenali, the King’s favourite courtier, finds his popularity brings him many enemies and must overcome hurdles with wit and charm.
The series premiered on Cartoon Network in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in June 2003. Toonz has inked a DVD deal with the Times Multimedia Group for merchandising in India and most recently, the series was broadcast on five regional language channels of the ETV network, the largest television network in India. Overseas deals have been concluded with CBC VOD in Canada, Apple Tree in Thailand and Tiger Ent., which will be releasing the series worldwide on DVD.
In addition to the slate of projects for overseas clients, Toonz Animation is currently working on Tommy and Oscar: The Movie, a full-length feature film for Rainbow in Italy, as well as a half-hour series titled The Adventures of Hanuman.