NBAer inks with Tele Images Kids on hoops series
PARIS — San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker has inked with French toon production shingle Tele Images Kids to develop “Basketball Adventures,” an animated basketball series using his image.Series’ first season follows Parker and his street basketball team — boys and girls in their teens — in an amateur tournament across the U.S. Every episode will take place in a different city and will have a theme that echoes the lifestyle or culture of the location. Concept is similar to Tele Images Kids’ latest hit “Foot 2 Rue,” a Gallic soccer cartoon that has sold to 100 countries. Series’ helmer Franck Michel said the show will be in 2D and will have a hip-hop, urban touch. Parker tells Variety that the series will feature guest stars, probably including wife Eva Longoria. Budgeted at E6 million ($8.8 million), “Basketball Adventures” — which is a working title — has been picked up by French net M6. Production will start next January. Zodiak Entertainment reps the series in international markets, while M6 handles merchandising.