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DQ takes on two cartoon series

Co. to produce with European partners

HONG KONG – Major Indian toon house DQ Entertainment is to produce two cartoon series with European partners.

London Stock Exchange-listed, DQ is to co-produce the second series of “The Large Family” Venture also involves the U.K.’s Coolabi Productions, France’s Go-N productions, BBC kids channel Cbeebies, French commercial net TF1 and BBC Worldwide. 

Based on the best selling books by Jill Murphy, “Large Family” chronicles the daily lives of an all too human elephant family. The second series will be in traditional 2D Animation with a budget estimated at $3.2 million. Broadcast is scheduled for 2009.

Separately, DQ is to produce a series based on the “Geronimo Stilton” kids novel, which it licensed from Italy’s Atlantyca Entertainment. Multi-million Euro series will be produced with Atlantyca  and France’s MoonScoop Productions. It will be distributed from fall 2009 by Taffy Entertainment and Atlantyca. Italian pubcaster RAI and French commercial net M6 have already signed to license the skein.

“‘Geronimo Stilton’ is an incredibly popular children’s book across the globe. We have now brought the same great mix of comedy and adventure to the TV series,” Nicolas Atlan, CEO of MoonScoop and “Geronimo” executive producer, said.

DQ, which has four animation production units in India and a further one in the Philippines, is currently in producing toon series based on int’l properties including “Iron Man,” “Casper,” “Pinky & Perky,” and “Le Petit Prince.”

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