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Bad House, Next Venture Team for Satirical Toon ‘Duty Calls’

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Bad House, Next Venture Team for Satirical Toon ‘Duty Calls’

Bad House (Leo Vision / Lagardère Studios) and Next Venture Films, based in L.A. and Tel Aviv, have inked an agreement to co-develop, co-produce and co-exploit the political satire animated series Duty Calls in Lagardère’s key markets: France / French-speaking territories, Spain, The Netherlands and Finland.

Created by award-winning writer-director Assaf Machnes (7 Minutes, Auschwitz on My Mind)and renowned illustratrator Amit Shimoni, Duty Calls portrays world leaders caught on video chat, caricatured in the style of Shimoni’s famous “hipstories” series of prints which reimagine global icons of art, culture and political leadership as hyperstyled hipsters. (

You can watch the web series episodes of Duty Calls on Vimeo.

“Assaf and Amit are an incredibly talented creative duo based in Israel and I’m thrilled that together with Lagardère Studios we can provide them the proper support for their fun animated content to reach international audiences,” said David Litvak, Chairman of Next Venture Films.

“It’s part of our DNA to work with international, experienced talent and it’s a great opportunity for Lagardère Studios to explore new areas such as animation to develop a satirical program,” added Thomas Plessis, Chief Digital Officer of Lagardère Studios. “This genre is very popular on digital platforms and linear TV especially these days, where people definitely need fun.”

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