Benelux opens animation studio
BRUSSELS — Benelux kidvid giant Studio 100 is opening an animation studio in Paris.This continues an expansion from live-action to toons that began with last year’s acquisition of Australian studio Flying Bark. Creative topper in Paris will be Jan Van Rijsselberge, previously of Alphanim, the Gallic outfit that makes “Robotboy” with Cartoon Network USA. He will oversee the development of new brands and make-over existing Studio 100 properties. The studio will initially produce two toons per year, kicking off with “Super Mega Hyper Pets,” a joint venture with Canadian production company Amberwood, and “Rescue 4U” with Magma Films, Ireland. General manager Jo Daris promised a focus on “quality-driven, positive and non-violent programming devoted to children and family entertainment.” This will include classic remakes and original creations. Other appointments include Thorsten Wegener as head of business affairs and “Robotboy” collaborator Djamila Missoum as line producer.