DQE - Jungle Book Makes the Journey From Far East to Far West - Korea to Canada

HYDERABAD, India, July 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DQE, the animation, gaming, live action entertainment production and distribution company, is pleased to announce the signing of two exclusive broadcast agreements with The Education Broadcasting System (EBS), the Korea based broadcasting company and Canada based Tele-Quebec, for "The Jungle Book", DQE's home grown 3D animated TV series.

Under the terms of the agreement, EBS has exclusive free-television rights to broadcast the 52 x 11 minutes animated series in the Republic of Korea for three years.

Tele-Qubec has secured exclusive free-television rights to broadcast the series in French language (also titled Le Livre De La Jungle in French) in the French speaking Canadian regions.

The DQE Jungle Book 3D TV series has already been secured for television broadcasting in 160 countries involving the Disney multiplex of channels, ZDF TV for Germany and German speaking Europe , TF1 for France and French speaking Europe, Noga TV for Israel, Al Jazeera for Arabic states, BBC for Great Britain and many more covering 160 countries while NBC-Universal have secured several important territories globally for home video - sales and distribution.

Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman and CEO of DQE said: "We are delighted to be working alongside two new and important strategic international partners to help further enhance the value of our Jungle Book franchise.

EBS free TV in Korea and Tele Quebec free TV in French speaking Canada have extensive reach in their respective regions. This will add tremendous value to our Jungle Book 3D TV series and this enhanced visibility will fuel consumer products, licensing and merchandising, publishing as well as home video entertainment deals. Hence both these deals are of tremendous strategic importance for our group. We believe that we have chosen the right partners to bring this wonderful property to children in these regions."

Stanley Oh, Acquisitions Executive, Educational Broadcasting System EBS Korea said: "We at EBS have kept our eyes on DQ Entertainment's path to present glory. We respect very highly DQE's strong presence in the animation industry worldwide and do not hesitate to share its passion and future as a business partner. 'The Jungle Book' shall be the first cornerstone on which a more stable relationship can be established. This programme is fulfilling the precious educational standards and virtues EBS has cherished along with a superb storyline and fabulous animation."

Lucie Leger Director of Children and Family programs, Tele Quebec, Canada said "Tele-Quebec has acquired The Jungle Book because we really liked this lovely animated series, inspired by the classical stories from Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book is beautifully drawn and also provides a rich, colourful and funny content."

About DQE:

DQE is one of the leading producers of animation, visual effects, game art and live action entertainment content for the global media and entertainment industry. DQE has produced/co-produced and distributed iconic brands such as Iron Man - the first 3D animated TV series, Twisted Whiskers, Mikido, Casper, Pinky & Perky, second season of Large Family, third season of Mickey Mouse Club House, First and Second Season of Madagascar TV Series and Fanboy & Chum-chum for Nickelodeon, USA and is now co-producing properties like The Little Prince and Little Nick with major international broadcasters and producers. DQE has a library of over 400 hours of international programs for distribution and licensing globally for TV, home entertainment, merchandising and publishing.

DQE's home grown production in Hi-end 3D, 'The Jungle Book' is in production as a 52 episode animated series and a 60 minute TV feature in co-production with international majors including TF1 and Moonscoop , France, ZDF Group, Germany and is to be released world-wide in 2010. Toomai-The Elephant Boy which is a live action TV series is in development in co-operation with international broadcasters, while several Indian IPs like Mysteries & Feluda, Omkar, Balkand I, II and III with International Broadcasters have had a successful run.

DQE is also developing a series of animated short films for television in collaboration with French production companies Method Animation and MK2. DQE, Method Animation and MK2 announced the production and worldwide distribution and exploitation of an animated version of 104 six-minute episodes inspired by the legendary film icon Charlie Chaplin's Hollywood films.

DQE has received several international awards including an EMMY for Tutenstein TV series, 11 Emmy nominations, The UK Broadcast Awards 2010, Sichuan TV Festival International "Gold Panda" Awards, Cartoons on the Bay awards, The E & Y Entrepreneur of the Year - 2009 India Award and many others.

DQE's production facilities are based in Hyderabad and Kolkata and it has international sales representatives in Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo. With a workforce of approx 3500 permanent employees DQE has a global client - partner base of over 90 producers, distributors, broadcasters and licensors including Walt Disney Group, Universal Pictures, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc., Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, American Greetings, , BBC Group, M6/ France TV Group / TF-1 - leading broadcasting and Distribution groups from France, ZDF TV and ZDF Enterprises - leading Distributors/ broadcaster and global distributor from Germany, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera - Arabic nations, Disney Channels - Asia, Cartoon Network Group and many more world-wide.

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About EBS

EBS is a public broadcaster in Korea that provides cultural and educational programs nationwide. EBS-TV is a flagship channel of EBS, which aims at providing the best nature & cultural documentaries, and quality children's programs such as world class animation. EBS also has three satellite TV channels, EBS plus1(for high schoolers), EBS plus2(for children and middle schoolers), EBS English and EBS-FM as well.

EBS has a long history of creating nationally and globally recognized educational programs. It is recognized internationally, as an educational public broadcasting system that is reforming global educational media as a whole. Leading the children and preschool field, EBS is broadcasting excellent educational content. Over the years, EBS has developed characters that have been loved by generations of kids and still popular with Korean children of today.

About Tele-Quebec

Tele-Quebec is a French language public educational television network in the Canadian province of Quebec. All programming on Tele-Quebec is in French, though there are a few shows and movies that are presented in the original language (predominantly English), with French subtitles. Tele-Quebec also has a 25% stake in the French-Canadian arts specialty channel, ARTV; they are also one of the partners in the TV5 Quebec Canada consortium. Their activities are especially designed to develop a taste for knowledge, encourage learning, promote cultural and artistic life and to reflect regional realities and diversity of Quebec society

    Contact

    DQ Entertainment (International) Ltd.
    Sumedha Saraogi
    +91-40-2355-3726/27
    sumedha@dqentertainment.com


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