UTV takes toons

Animator scores 2 co-prod'n, 4 animation pacts

NEW DELHI — Indian animator United Television (UTV) has bagged four animation production and two co-production deals worth a total of $4 million with companies in the Netherlands, Canada, Scotland and Luxembourg.

Two Dutch deals include one with Hoek and Havenaar Prods. to produce musical toon series “ClubNow!” and one with Palazzina Productions to produce fantasy series “The Donz,” about a distant planet where life has evolved from fruit.

UTV has also tied up with Cinegroupe of Canada to work on adult CGI series “Tripping The Rift,” airing on the Sci Fi channel in the United States.

UTV officials said the company has also inked co-production pacts with companies in Scotland and Luxembourg for the development of “Clootie & Dumpling,” a show about two cows and “Snow Queen” based on the Hans Christian Andersen fable.

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