U.K.’s Channel 4 toons up ‘Peter’

Web buys rights to 'Wolf' tale

LONDON — British web Channel 4 has bought broadcast rights to helmer Suzie Templeton’s 40-minute stop-frame animation “Peter and the Wolf,” being produced at Poland’s Se-Ma-For Studios by London-based Breakthru Films.

Web has signed a five-year repeat deal, with the first transmission due this Christmas.

Breakthru has already signed with Teuton pubcaster ZDF, ARTE in France, Mexico’s TV Unam, and Storm Studios in Scandinavia.

The toon is based on the classic fairytale and set to a new recording of Sergei Prokoviev’s score from London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

Pic preems this fall at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where the Philharmonia will perform the score live.

Gotham-based Columbia Artists Management has signed a worldwide licensing deal with Breakthru for bigscreen presentations of “Peter and the Wolf” accompanied by live orchestras.

Breakthru is selling DVD rights with Image Entertainment picking up domestic, Well Go nabbing Taiwan, China and South East Asia, and Spectrum South Korea.

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