U.K. production/rights management company Formula Fun Entertainment has announced that Ireland’s Telegael and India’s DQ Entertainment have joined in as co-production partners for a new CG animate preschool series based on kids’ property Franco and Formula Fun, which won the 2009 MIP Junior Licensing award.
The series sees six-year-old Franco and his toy race cars, which come to life in a CG racing world of fun. Each episode follows the adventures of Franco and his 10 superpowered car friends as they travel the world seeking excitement on and off the track. The (52 x 11) show has pre-sold in 28 countries through broadcast partners including TV2 (Norway), MTV OY (Finland), Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (Middle East), Hop! TV (Israel) and CH2 (Iceland). FFE and Telegael will oversee pre-production, with animation produced at DQ and post-prod at Telegael, and is aiming for early 2013 for broadcast availability.
“FFE is delighted to work with two prestigious production companies to produce this animated television series,” said Marina Nicholas, creator/CEO at FFE. “Their wealth of experience in high-quality productions make Telegael and DQ Entertainment ideal partners to deliver a global series, which combines entertainment, education and sport, to the younger generation.”
Tapaas Chakravarti, chairman & CEO of DQE, said, “With India finally making the Formula 1 circuit debut in October, this animated series makes perfect sense for us. We are extremely excited to work on this action-packed TV series … We are sure that children throughout the world will delight in watching their favorite super cars come to life on TV.” Telegael CEO Paul Cummins added: “The combination of compelling characters, exciting storylines and colorful locations sets the tone for a series that will wow children the world over.”