Hyderabad-based animation firm DQ Entertainment has been busy signing up broadcasters across the world for its own animation series The Jungle Book after selling the TV rights for 27 countries across Asia including Japan to Disney, the company has now signed on 2 more broadcasters to take The Jungle Book to Singapore and Israel.

DQE has announced a television rights deal with Singaporean broadcaster MediaCorp Pte which will have the exclusive free-to-air TV rights for The Jungle Book – Season 1 and two other properties – Todd World- Series 2 and Maryoku Yummy – Season 1. They will appear on MediaCorp’s Okto channel, to be broadcast only in Singapore. Will this deal not overlap with Disney’s?

It has also entered into a broadcasting agreement with Israel-based content producer and broadcaster Noga Communications for airing the 52-episode animated series in 3D-High Definition on its channel in Israel. DQE had earlier sold the rights for The Jungle Book series to be aired in Germany to ZDF TV and TF1 for France.

It may also be entering into the merchandising scene for its CGI animation The Jungle Book: can we expect to see Mowgli dolls in stores? In its 2009 annual report the company has said, “Along with manufacturers of branded apparel like shoes and toys, we will monetize rights, use the character designs and artwork for merchandise.”

List of Animations Under Production

DQE recently partnered with 2 French companies Method Animation and MK2 to develop a series of animated short films inspired by Charlie Chaplin. Blogger Mondemerda has an image of the Charlie Chaplin animation:

DQE had earlier announced that it was developing its own animated tele-movie and television series Mysteries and Feluda in association with Disney. DQE holds world-wide rights for this TV feature and is producing it in 3D.

It is currently producing Fan Boy and Chum Chum and The Penguins of Madagascar with Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc.

Season 3 of Mickey Mouse Club House with Disney is under production, as is season 4 of And Yet It Moves – a TV series – with Italian firms Gruppo Alcuni and RAI Television.

Lassie, the rights to which were bought off US-based Classic Media Inc by DQ Entertainment, is under production. DQE is co-producing 26 half-hour-episodes of the TV series and plans to release it in this quarter.

Co-production deals it has signed so far include:

–Sandra, with Spanish firm IMIRA Entertainment for Disney (Europe and Indian subcontinent), TF1 France, RTP Portugal, Cartoon Network
–Twisted Whiskers with American Greetings, USA, Taffy Entertainment, USA and MoonScoop, France.
–Casper’s Scare School with Classic Media, USA and Moonscoop, France, M6-France, TFI and ZDF-Germany.
–Little Nick with M6 Studio, France and Method Animation SA, France
–3D animated TV series Little Prince along with France 3; LLPTV- France, WDR – Germany, Sony BMG, RAI – Italy and Method Animation.
–It has also partnered with Turner to produce three of its own intellectual properties – animated TV features based on Indian mythology called Balkand, Ravan and Omkar.
–Tara Duncan with French firm MoonScoop, in collaboration with M6-France and Walt Disney-Asia.
–Second season of the The Large Family with UK based Coolabi Productions, France based TF1 and Go-N Productions, UK based Cbeebies and BBC-UK.
–PetPats with RAI TV, Italy and Gruppo Alcuni, Italy.

Licensing Rights

–DQE has sold the broadcast rights for Little Nick, which it co-produced, to Walt Disney Television India.
–It has a distribution deal with Sony BMG for six of its major properties for home videos in South Asia and with NBC Universal for distribution of home video in several European countries, Australia and Japan.

–In India, it has a distribution deal with Moser Baer.

–Disney-Singapore and Disney-India acquired the TV rights for South East Asian countries & Indian sub-continent for the series Twisted Whiskers from DQE.

–Sold the distribution rights of Todd World to JIM JAM Television.

–Last year, DQE partnered with Viacom18 for the 3D animated TV series Casper to be broadcast on Nickelodeon.

–It entered into a pan-Asia broadcasting deal with Turner Entertainment Network Asia (TENA) for the 3D animated series Iron Man.

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