Toon house pacts to produce new skein

Global animation company BKN has signed an exclusive license agreement with Zorro Prods. to produce and distribute 26 animated TV episodes and a direct-to-DVD film based on the classic Zorro character.

BKN begins production immediately on the tentatively titled “Zorro — Generation Z,” which will see the crusader contemporized considerably from his well-known early 1800s guise.

“Our Zorro will be a young man entering his first year of university. He’ll fight for the underprivileged and the disadvantaged citizens of a mythical, modern-day city resembling Los Angeles, and he’ll do it on a cool black motorcycle called the Tornado-Z. Zorro’s crime-fighting tools will include a Z-Pod, a Z-phone and other surprises befitting a modern-day hero,” said exec producer Rick Ungar.

Series and DVD film are budgeted at $8.4 million.

BKN will handle all TV and DVD distribution as well as merchandising and licensing worldwide. The Frankfurt- and London-listed company promises a big push for “Zorro” at April’s Mip TV mart in Cannes.

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