3D toon series sold to Italy, Canada, Denmark

PARIS — France’s PGS Ent. has inked several pre-sales pacts on “Chaplin & Co,” a Euros 8.4 million ($12.1 million) 3D toon series featuring Charlie Chaplin’s tramp character.

PGS, which holds the show’s international rights, has closed deals with Italy’s RAI, Canada’s Tele-Quebec, Denmark’s DR, Portugal’s RTP and SIC, and Georgia’s Rustavi.

Inspired by Chaplin’s original shorts, the slapstick comedy series turns on the adventures of Chaplin’s tramp and his friends.

The family series, comprising two formats — 104 six-minute shorts and 26 half-hours — is produced by Nathanael Karmitz’s MK2 TV and Aton Soumache’s Method Animation.

MK2 has theatrical, TV and DVD rights to Chaplin’s film library.

India’s DQ Ent. and Luxembourg’s Fabrique d’Image are co-producing, with the participation of French pubcaster France Televisions.

Chaplin & Co” will bow on France Televisions’ France 3 at the end of the year.

Other Method Animation productions on PGS’ slate include “Le Petit Prince,” an 3D toon series based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novella.

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