Taipei toon TV series looking for a home

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” will become an animated TV series, if SMEC Media and Entertainment finds a home for it.

The Taipei-based company has acquired the rights to produce an animated skein adapted from Wang Du-Lu’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” book series on which the Sony Classics pic of the same name was based. Deal with Vista Publishing Group also gives the company rights to produce an animated movie and homevideo.

SMEC is now shopping the series around Hollywood.

“The source material is a gold mine of fantastic stories and characters,” said Alexis Wallrich, who joined SMEC in early May as its VP. “It’s a starting point from which we’ll create an engaging and entertaining new world of imagination and animation, while remaining true to the spirit of the original.”

Wallrich, who was most recently with Nickelodeon Animation Studios, will serve as exec producer of the “Crouching Tiger” series. He will head up the newly expanded Pasadena offices of SMEC’s U.S. operation. John Davidson joins him as SMEC’s director of development.

With 300 employees worldwide, SMEC is an integrated multimedia company involved in game software development, publishing, distribution, animated programming on the Web and animation production services.

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