MediaCorp's OKTO channel in deal with DQE India for 3 shows

By ANIMATION XPRES... | 3 February, 2010 - 10:32

MediaCorp Pte Ltd has acquired free-to-air TV rights for three of DQE, India's animation TV properties. MediaCorp will broadcast Todd World Series 2, Maryoku Yummy Season I and The Jungle Book Season I on MediaCorp's OKTO channel in Singapore.

    This agreement with MediaCorp, the leading TV broadcasting media company in Singapore, will give DQE direct presence in South East Asia's Free-to-air TV Market. The Singapore audiences will soon be able to catch these three remarkable series from DQE on okto.

    Ms Elaine Ho, Programming Manager, MediaCorp Okto said, "Okto provides an array of top quality programmes that are engaging, informative and entertaining for children, young adults, adults and to the whole family. Acquiring programmes from DQE is in line with our strategy of getting the best for our viewers. We are confident these 3 titles from DQE will be well received by the children and their parents."

    Todd World Series 2, a preschool series co-produced with Mike Young Productions for Discovery Kids, was nominated five times for an Emmy Award and is a much-loved property. Maryoku Yummy, another series of 52x11' episodes, that DQE co-produced with American Greetings, USA, is a series for the preschool children's market.

    The Jungle Book, CGI Series comprising 52 x 11-minute animated episodes as well as a 60-minute TV feature, is being produced at a global budget of €9.2m. Production partners include ZDF Enterprises and ZDF Broadcasting (Germany), ABC (Australia), NBC Universal as well as broadcasting and licensing majors TF1 Group (France) and Moonscoop (France), The property has also been acquired for Pay TV by Multiplex of Disney Channels for 27 countries. The first full episode of The Jungle Book 'The Wild Black Bees' was screened at the MIPCOM Festival in Cannes. The screening was well received by the audience, which included many leading industry and media players and is due to air in the third quarter of 2010.

    Tapaas Chakravarti Chairman & CEO of DQE Group said, "The line-up of 3 shows from DQE on Media Corp networks is a strategic deal for us. Their network provides the right platform to showcase our properties. South East Asia region holds exciting Publishing and Merchandising opportunities for DQ Entertainment and we are very pleased to extend our reach into this target region"

    Jungle Book 52x11'
    Mowgli, the man cub's adventures open out in the lush tropical forest of Seeonee amidst splendid Indian royal forts, temples, waterfalls and the Waingunga river. Throughout the series other characters from the Kipling stories add flavor to the drama, comedy and action, bringing out excellent animation and quality storytelling.

    Todd World: 52x 11'
    'Todd World' looks and feels like the world children create and share when they engage in spontaneous imaginative play together. TODD WORLD is wish fulfillment for preschool viewers.

    Maryoku Yummy: 52x11'
    Have you ever made a wish when blowing out your birthday candles? Or, wished upon a shooting star? Ever wonder where those wishes went? Maryoku Yummy will answer the universal question of where do wishes go. The series follows Maryoku, an adorable "Yummy" who lives in a quirky, fantastical world where all children's wishes go to be granted.