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AMG toons up deals

Seibold, Walsh ready to do 'Lunch'

HOLLYWOOD — Artists Management Group’s animation and family entertainment department has inked separate television deals with Sony Pictures Family Entertainment and Canadian TV network Teletoon.

Emmy-nominated children’s book authors-illustrators J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, who recently signed with AMG, have been tapped to create a TV series based on their “Mr. Lunch” books with producer Jeff Kline (“Max Steele”) and Sony.

AMG has also sold animated series “3 Pigs” from creators Andy Knight and Red Rover to Cinegroup for Teletoon. Knight will serve as exec producer on the series.

The department has also brokered a deal for Lin Oliver to partner with Canadian-based entertainment company Nelvana to produce animated shows based on Louis Sacher’s “Wayside School” book series.

Separately, the division has also signed four clients: the estate of artist Keith Haring; animation house and software developer Possible Worlds; children’s author Laura Numeroff (“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”); and Heidi Murkoff, author of the “What to Expect” books for pregnant mothers, who recently received a 26-episode commitment from PBS for a series based her books.

“In the face of a shrinking market, we have continued our efforts to aggressively pursue new opportunities in animation and family entertainment,” department head Ellen Goldsmith-Vein said.

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