EM.TV wants bigger stake in TFC

German co. might also get rights package from Junior

BERLIN — In the wake of strong third quarter results, family programming producer and license broker EM.TV & Merchandising is looking to increase its stake in German animation outfit TFC Trickompany from 10% to 60% by the end of the year, company chairman Thomas Haffa announced at a recent shareholders’ meeting.

Haffa also hinted that one of Germany’s leading TV networks was looking to acquire a rights package from its Junior joint venture with the Kirch Group, although without the Junior brand name.

Loaded with family fun

Junior, which offers toons and tyke movies to public and commercial broadcasters, has recently been stocked with 800 more half-hour episodes of family-oriented material. EM.TV now controls the rights to 28,500 half-hour shows, including “Bugs Bunny,” “The Simpsons” and the “The Flintstones.”

EM.TV is planning to further market Junior on the Internet through e-commerce and will outfit some movie theaters as designated Junior-brand children’s cinemas. Company has also taken a 50% stake in Israel’s Talit Prods.

EM.TV recently posted third quarter revenues of nearly $135 million.

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