Entertainment Rights has added new titles to its combined SKD Media/Carrington Productions library, one of which is U.K. caster GMTV’s new preschool show Cubeez.
Cubeez promotes fun and learning by introducing preschoolers to colorful environments, music and new language. As well as creative input into the production of Cubeez, the deal gives U.K.-based ER all rights to the 3-D computer animated series, including international TV, licensing and merchandising, video, DVD and Internet. Debuting at MIP-TV, the show, currently in production, will be available in either 26 x 11-minute or 13 x 30-minute formats. Cubeez is scheduled to hit the air in July on GMTV’s Sunday morning slot. Optical Image (Jellikins) is producing.
A new slate entry is Hannah’s Hotel, a 3-D clay-animated series billed as ‘Fawlty Towers with fur and feathers’ that follows hostess Hannah Hedgehog as she tends to her four-legged guests on holiday or winter hibernation breaks. ER’s Siriol developed 26 x 10 eps aimed at four- to six-year-olds, and conceptual feedback sent Hannah back into development for a bit of tweaking post Cartoon Forum presentation.
ER is currently in negotiations with potential co-pro partners for a second season of Lavender Castle, following ITV’s commitment to another round of the Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds) series. Aimed at all ages, it’s a good vs. evil tale in which well-meaning misfits roam the galaxies to find Lavender Castle-before the evil Dr. Agon destroys it. ER will be producing another 26 10-minute eps of the comic space action series, bringing it to a total of 26 half hours. According to managing director Jane Smith, because Lavender Castle, originally co-produced with Manchester-based Cosgrove Hall, is a combination of CGI and model animation, it would allow a logical production split such as doing CGI in Canada and the model portion in England.