COLOGNE, Germany, June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SUPER RTL, the German children's TV market leader for 15 years, and DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA), the world's largest animation studio and home to the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar franchises, have agreed to terms on a five-year television output agreement beginning in September 2013. This extensive deal includes more than 1100 programming half-hours and secures a supply of high-quality animated series for the station.
The licensing agreement includes new television series inspired by DreamWorks' hit franchises and future films, the first two of which will be How to Train Your Dragon and a show based on the soon-to-be-released Turbo (July 2013). All original series produced by DreamWorks Animation will air exclusively throughout Germany on the Cologne-based kids' and family broadcaster. SUPER RTL will also be getting access to the DreamWorks Classics library, which includes some of the most popular animation produced in the last 50 years.
SUPER RTL Managing Director Claude Schmit comments: "For us this strategic partnership constitutes a milestone in the station's history. Our relationship with DreamWorks Animation, one of the most globally recognized entertainment brands, will be able to elevate our profile as the go-to station for young viewers. With access to this incredible library of content, we are now excellently equipped to compete in a crowded marketplace."
Eric Ellenbogen, Co-head of DreamWorks Classics, who led the transaction for DreamWorks Animation, added: "SUPER RTL is truly an ideal home for our new television slate. Our characters will have the widest possible audience on the leading kids' channel in Germany for years to come."
About Super RTL Thanks to high-quality programming which not only appeals to little folks but also meets the educational requirements of parents, SUPER RTL is by far the most popular TV channel among kids. For the past 10 years, SUPER RTL has reigned supreme as Germany's uncontested market leader on the children's TV market, having the broadest reach of any children's channel across Europe. Yet this Cologne-based station, first launched back in April 1995, attracts more than just younger audiences: it offers programmes for the whole family, including classic animation films, cartoon specials, kids' feature films, in-house shows and comedies for prime time viewing after 8.15 pm.
About DreamWorks Animation DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 26 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss in Boots and Croods.
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