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BBC Kids’ Channel CBBC to Air ‘The Deep’ Following Technicolor, DHX Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

Show is based on Tom Taylor's Aurealis Award-winning graphic novel series

LONDON — Technicolor and DHX Media have finalized an agreement with the U.K.’s BBC to air the underwater adventure series “The Deep” on kids’ channel CBBC from this month.

The animated show, whose primary target is 6- to 12-year-olds, is based on the Aurealis Award-winning graphic novel series created by Tom Taylor, whose graphic novels include “Earth 2,” “Superior Iron Man,” “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight,” “Injustice: Gods Among Us” and “Star Wars: Blood Ties.” The books are illustrated by James Brouwer (“Justice League Beyond”), and published by Gestalt Comics. Taylor serves as co-creator and lead writer of the animated series, and Brouwer is co-creator and art director.

“The Deep” follows the adventures of the Nekton family — a brilliant team of underwater explorers. With state-of-the-art technology and a thirst for discovery, the Nektons explore the mysterious depths of the ocean. The deep is a place where leviathans swim through sunken cities, pirates lurk amid floating black markets, and a mysterious group of Guardians hide long lost secrets.

Other broadcasters airing the show include Australia’s the Seven Network and ABC3, Super RTL in Germany, Ketnet in Belgium, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland and Canada’s Family CHRGD. The series premiered on Seven Network on Nov. 30, on Family CHRGD on Jan. 1, and on Super RTL on Feb. 19.

Twenty-six half-hour episodes of “The Deep” are in production. Technicolor is the underlying rights holder and will oversee the series roll-out and brand licensing extensions; Australia-based A Stark Production (scripts, design and music) and Canada-based DHX Media (animation, voices and post-production) are the co-production partners, with distribution handled by DHX.

Alison Warner, Technicolor VP for IP sales, acquisitions and co-productions, said: “‘The Deep’ is a classic adventure story with solid appeal for co-viewing audiences with a strong cohesive family, who live and work underwater in a state-of-the-art submarine, exploring uncharted areas of the Earth’s oceans to unravel the mysteries of the deep sea. There’s really nothing else on air like it right now.”

“CBBC is poised to take the plunge into ‘The Deep’ and join the Nekton family on their thrilling aquatic adventures as they uncover the mysteries of the undersea world,” commented Cheryl Taylor, controller of CBBC. “This beautifully animated series is action adventure with a real heart.”

“‘The Deep’ is a terrific animated family series, and we are excited that CBBC has picked it up for broadcast in the U.K.,” added Josh Scherba, senior VP distribution at DHX Media. “We’ve seen tremendous interest in ‘The Deep’ worldwide, and we look forward to further distribution announcements with Technicolor and A Stark.”

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