Raven Animation, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Raven Moon Ent. Inc., announced today that it has signed former Survivor contestant Rob C. (aka Rob Cesternino) to a long-term contract to be the host of a new reality video game and animated television series titled Amazon Challenge. Rob C. recently appeared on Survivor All Stars.
Amazon Challenge, designed for teens and young adults, was created and copyrighted by Joey and Bernadette DiFrancesco in 1989, well before CBS first marooned contestants on Survivor and NBC challenged daredevils on Fear Factor. The DiFrancescos have licensed all of the worldwide licensing and merchandising rights exclusively to JB Toys LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raven Moon Ent. Inc. for ten years.
According to Raven Moon CEO Joey DiFrancesco, Amazon Challenge will be the first fully animated 3D Reality video game and television show with a live host who then becomes animated himself. Animation will be provided by a team of former Disney animators led by David Murray. The series will be directed by Mike Gibilisco.
"The video game and television rights to the new ‘Amazon Challenge’ property are currently wide open, and we will be evaluating all offers," states DiFrancesco, who will be at the New York Licensing Show in June with Rob C. and Gina D., star of Raven Moon’s preschool property, Gina D’s Kids Club.
Recently, Raven Moon and JB Toys signed a joint venture agreement with New York- and Hong Kong-based Serendipity Ltd. The new company, Serendipity Toys, will manufacture and sell a full line of Gina D’s Kids Club and Mr. Bicycle Man toy products.