Dualstar, DIC ink to produce 'Trenchcoat Twins'

Disney’s DIC Entertainment has inked a deal with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Dualstar Entertainment to produce an animated series based on the “Trenchcoat Twins” detective characters from the Olsens’ homevid series.

There’s no word on a distributor yet for the cartoon skein, but ABC’s Saturday morning slate would seem a likely candidate, given the potential for a cross-promotional tie-in with the Olsen’s ABC primetime sitcom “Two of a Kind.”

The 12-year-old twins will provide the voices for the pint-size gumshoes and serve as exec producers of the series. Deal was unveiled Tuesday by DIC prexy Andy Heyward.

In other kidvid development news, Sony’s kidvid arm has acquired the rights to the children’s book “Underwhere” from creator Kevin Eastman. Fantasy novel revolves around a 10-year-old boy who travels between parallel worlds, dubbed Overwhere and Underwhere, with the aid of his imagination and a magic talisman.

Eastman, whose credits include co-creating the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise, also has signed a development deal with Sony to develop “Underwhere” as an animated series.

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