Thunderbird, Mainframe Take ZIXX to Next Level

Thunderbird Films Inc. and CG animation house Mainframe Ent. have entered into an agreement to co-distribute the popular YTV series, ZIXX. Mainframe CEO Rick Mischel has worked closely with Thunderbird president Michael Shepard in securing distribution rights to the show, and the companies are working together to produce a second season.

ZIXX was developed by Alex Raffé of Savi Media and Debbie Nightingale of The Nightingale Company, in association with YTV. Aimed at kids 8-12, Level I (the first season) has also attracted a strong teen audience with its mixture of live action and video game animation. The sci-fi show chronicles the adventures of an unlikely team of heroes who join forces in a quest to save the universe from evil. Led by fearless alien operative Zixx Phunkee Zee, a contingent of human boys and girls contribute their strategy game smarts to the battle in the Keep–a third dimension labyrinth which operates like a game.

Level II is now in production with CG modeling underway and live-action photography set to begin in February. Thunderbird is producing the show while Mainframe designs and creates all the animated content.

Raffé comments, ” Season two is an upgrade of the first season–the characters have better weapons and cool vehicles, but the puzzles are harder and the villains smarter.”

ZIXX is a tremendously exciting series and a perfect fit for Mainframe,” Mischel states. “Launching the series with 26 episodes available for license is a huge advantage in the international marketplace.”