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‘Condorito’ flies to U.S.

Character a comic page regular in Latin America

HOLLYWOOD — Plans are afoot to launch an animated TV skein in the U.S. based on Latino comicstrip “Condorito.”

Skein will tap a solid fan base that stretches back more than six decades since the strip appeared in Chile in the 1940s. Known worldwide as Little Condor, character is a comic page regular in Latin America and appears in more Spanish-language dailies than any other syndicated strip.

World Editors, which recently opened a licensing and business development office in Miami, owns the franchise. Company is managed by David Taggart, a veteran of Latin American and U.S. Hispanic media, and Brad Bushell, a licensing and syndication consultant for Paws Inc., owners of Garfield.

Collaborators in the development of the skein include Sergio Guerrero, co-writer and producer of “A Day Without a Mexican”; Rick Najera, creator of long-running hit “Latinologues”; and Eugenio Derbez, a veteran TV actor, comic and scribe whose credits include “Hospital el Paisa” and “Shrek 2.”

“We want to keep the comedy inherent in the strip but serve it up in English,” Najera said.

Chile-based Cineanimadores, producer of the animated feature “Ogu & Manpatu” and other Latin America productions for Disney, is developing the initial visual concepts for the series.

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