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FKE, Disney and Super RTL cast a new spell
January 1, 2004

FKE, Disney and Super RTL cast a new spell

Fox Kids Europe has entered into its first co-pro agreement with parent company Disney. The two companies will join forces with German broadcaster Super RTL to produce animated series W.I.T.C.H. for 2005, based on a same-name Disney magazine about five young sorcerers.

The co-pro deal comes on the heels of Super RTL and FKE signing a three-year programming agreement to share select FKE shows in Germany and co-produce another kids series.

In the financial year ending September 2003, FKE posted a 14% revenue hike thanks to leveraging Buena Vista International Television’s wider distribution reach and the gradual recovery of the European TV advertising market.

Siriol and Wark Clements help the outlaws

Welsh prodco Siriol and Scotland’s Wark Clements have hooked up in a 50/50 joint-venture called Footpad Films that will concentrate on producing original live-action and animated kids projects. CiTV has greenlit the first Footpad pitch Help! I’m an Outlaw (see Cool New Shows on page 42 for the lowdown on this project), and Siriol parent company Entertainment Rights will take a first look at worldwide distribution rights on this and any other production to come out of the joint-venture.

Fremantle continues Eastern Europe sales

Fremantle International Distribution has signed its first deal with Serbia’s only dedicated kids network for more than 240 hours of programming. Kanal D plans to pepper its 2004 schedule with the new acquisitions, which include Cosgrove Hall toons Jamie & The Magic Torch, Cockleshell Bay, Bill the Cat, Chorlton and the Wheelies, Wind in the Willows and Creepy Crawlies, as well as three Thames Television titles: drama programs Mike and Angelo and Green Eyed Monster, and puppet series Hotdog.

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