Lagardere, 1492 pact on monster skein

Lagardere Entertainment Timoon Animation is partnering with Chris Columbus’ L.A.-based 1492 Pictures to produce $7 million animated series “Scary Larry.”

Adapted by Annabelle Perrichon from Slave Labor Graphics’ comicbook collection “Little Gloomy,” “Scary Larry” follows a teen werewolf and his friends — a vampire, a mummy and a monster — as they form a hip gothic rock band in Frightsylvania.

The series, which comprises 52 13-minute episodes has been pre-bought by French paybox Canal Plus and Teletoon.

“Scary Larry” is Columbus’ first animated series. His producing-directing credits include franchises “Night at the Museum” and “Harry Potter.”

“Partnering up with international co-producers like Chris Columbus helps us create high-quality animation, which is up to world standards, and increase chances of generating foreign pre-sales,” said Timoon Animation’s managing director Boris Hertzog, who joined the company in 2008 with Sandrine Nguyen.

Hertzog said: “Overseas co-producers and broadcasters typically bring 40%-60% of the financing on our projects.”

Largardere’s sales arm, Europe Image Intl., screened a teaser at Mipcom last month and has been holding advanced negotiations with Nickelodeon for the U.S. and Europe, Italy’s RAI, Germany’s NDR, Spain’s TV3 Catalonia, Mexico’s Televisa and Portugal’s RTP.

Timoon also is teaming with Gallic pubcaster France Televisions to develop “Mini Loup,” a short-format preschool series.

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