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Animated year for Teuton toonster

Company handles series such as 'Jacques Cousteau,' 'Rambo'

BERLIN — German toon distrib BKN Intl. has wrapped its fiscal year ended Sept. 30 with steady growth in revenue and net profit.

Cologne-based company, which handles animated series such as “Jacques Cousteau’s Ocean Tales,” “Rambo — The Animated Series,” “Roswell Conspiracies” and “Zorro: Generation Z,” posted a 16% increase in revenue to e13.9 million ($18.2 million) while net earnings climbed 5% to $5.9 million.

BKN Intl., which distributes and markets animated children’s TV programs worldwide, has a library containing more than 800 hours of programming, including “Legend of the Dragon,” “Kong: King of Atlantis” and “Dork Hunters From Outer Space.”

Company is listed on the Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange and has offices in London, Cologne, Barcelona and New York.

Meanwhile, Berlin-based TV producer MME Moviement on Monday posted nine-month figures also showing increased sales. Company’s profit (before interest and tax) rose 15% to $5.9 million on revenues of $81 million, up 7% over the same period in 2005.

MME last week acquired local talkshow producer Time2talk for some $1.3 million. MME said the acquisition would strengthen its programming slate, and that it would seek to export Time2talk formats to other European territories.

Time2talk had already exported one of its formats to Poland’s TV4.

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