HBO’s ‘Lulu’ of a deal

Cinar sells three animated series to cabler

MONTREAL — HBO has purchased U.S. rights to three Cinar animated series, “The Adventures of Paddington Bear,” “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures” and “The Little Lulu Show.” HBO will debut the three shows next fall.

“Paddington Bear” is a new version of the classic British animation series based on the well-known books by author Michael Bond. Cinar is producing with French production company Protecrea, a subsidiary of Gallic broadcaster TF1. The show about the London bear is already airing on the all-cartoon Teletoon web in Canada.

“The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures” follows the ups and downs of city-savvy Alexander and his country cousin Emily. It’s a Reader’s Digest presentation of a Cinar/France Animation co-production.

‘Little Lulu’

“The Little Lulu Show” is based on the comic strip by Marjorie Buell and is produced by Cinar in association with Golden Books Family Entertainment, which controls the rights to the comic strip. “Lulu” is a renewal for HBO, which has backed the show for a couple of years. With the new season, Cinar will bring the total number of “Lulu” shows to 52.

“Cinar is pleased to have found such a wonderful home for Alexander, Emily, Little Lulu and Paddington Bear,” said Cinar president Ronald Weinberg. “We’re confident that HBO will take great care of our gang.”

Cinar also announced it has begun production on “Mona the Vampire,” a new, 26-episode, animated series being co-produced with French producer Alphanim. The series is an official Canadian-French co-production, with pre-sales to YTV in Canada and France 3 and Canal J in France.

“Mona the Vampire” chronicles the adventures of a 10-year-old junior vampire, who also doubles as a private investigator. Based on the books by Sonia Holleyman, it focuses on Mona, her cat Fang and her quirky friends.

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