SOURCE: Animation Collective
July 26, 2007 11:22 ET
Animation Collective and Fatkat Studios Announce Co-Venture for "Three Delivery," New, Animated Take on Super Hero Series
Series Will Be Produced in Association With Nicktoons Network, YTV, and BBC Who Have Acquired U.S., Canadian and UK Broadcast Rights, Respectively; a Series About Three Teenage Delivery Kids, Set in a Chinatown
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - July 26, 2007) - COMIC-CON -- New York-based Animation
Collective and Canadian-based Fatkat Studios, today announced a co-venture
for the new, 26 half-hour episode action-comedy, animated series, "Three
Delivery." The announcement was made at COMIC-CON International, a comic
book and entertainment industry trade show in San Diego. "Three Delivery"
was created by Larry Schwarz, Animation Collective's founder and C.E.O.
The series, about a group of teenage delivery kids/super heroes, set in a
Chinatown and is animated in a highly graphic comic-book style, will be
co-produced with Fatkat as a U.S./Canadian co-venture. Animation
Collective will handle worldwide television and consumer products sales.
Animation Collective and Fatkat Studios will produce "Three Delivery" in
association with Nicktoons Network, YTV and the BBC. Nicktoons has
acquired the broadcast rights to "Three Delivery" in the U.S., YTV in
Canada and the BBC in the UK. The deal comprises 26 half-hour episodes of
the animated action comedy series, that will premiere in early 2008 in the
U.S. and UK and September 2009 in Canada. As part of a multi-platform
initiative, Animation Collective is also producing 11, two-minute mobisodes
for cellular phones and a complete online world for the series; including a
massive multi-player game.
"We're pleased to be collaborating on this venture with like-minded
partners who share our desire to create innovative and engaging
programming," said Scott Dyer, Executive Vice-President and General
Manager, Kids, Corus Entertainment. "'Three Delivery' will be developed,
packaged and delivered to create a truly multi-screen experience so we can
reach our audiences wherever they are."
"'Three Delivery' is a smart, funny project and we really look forward to
working with Animation Collective to bring it to screen and make it the
success it deserves to be," said Jesse Cleverly, Head of CBBC
Co-Productions and Acquisitions.
"'Three Delivery' is our first take on the super hero genre, but like all
of our series, it is driven by great characters and compelling,
kid-relatable stories. The show is a fantasy, but the characters are
written as real kids who viewers will want to emulate. We also incorporated
tween trends, including extreme bike riding, punk and EMO," said Larry
Schwarz, the show's creator and executive producer.
"Everyone here is very excited to be combining efforts on 'Three Delivery,'
and are looking forward to creating a fantastic property that can be
enjoyed worldwide," said Andrew Dunn, VP Business Development, Fatkat
Studios. "This is a great opportunity for Fatkat to finally utilize its
Flash techniques with great traditional animation," said Gene Fowler,
President, Fatkat Studios.
About "Three Delivery"
Years ago, an evil young apprentice named Kong Li unleashed the power of a
magical cookbook, scattering its dangerous recipes throughout Chinatown.
Thanks to an ancient spell, a force field was placed around the city,
keeping the magic in. For many years, the rest of the world was protected,
but now Kong Li has returned to find the powerful recipes. If he succeeds,
evil power will be released and the world will be in danger.
Luckily, three teenage heroes, skilled in Kung Fu, have been trained to
stop Kong Li. When orphans Sue, Sid, and Toby are recruited by Nana to
make deliveries for Wu's Garden Chinese restaurant, they see it as a chance
to move out of the orphanage and ride cool bikes. Little did they know
that every evening they would be locked in a lightning-fast battle against
evil for the fate of the world.
A modern day superhero tale packed with martial arts action, high speed
bike races, paranormal mystery and kid-relatable comedy, "Three Delivery"
is set in a Chinatown at twilight with rich hues and spectacular lighting
that enhance the mystery. The action unfolds in extreme close-ups and
dramatic angles as if ripped from the pages of a comic book.
About Animation Collective
Animation Collective is a leader in creating and producing children's
programming for television, the Internet, home video and other platforms.
Larry Schwarz is the creator and executive producer of all of Animation
Collective's original series including "Kappa Mikey" for Nickeodeon and
Nicktoons Network; Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF, Leader Dog, and
Tortellini Western for Nicktoons Network; and Ellen's Acres for Cartoon
Founded in 2000 and based in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Fatkat is a
worldwide contributor to the entertainment industry with clients and
alliances on every continent.
Fatkat is an exceptionally talented team of professional artists, directors
and award winning producers. Our crew is dedicated to the production of
high quality engaging entertainment. At Fatkat's animation studio we are
renowned for blending traditional animation with state-of-the art tools to
create the next big thing. The animation studio has grown from its humble
beginnings as a "one-man-show" in an apartment to over 100 full time staff!
Fatkat's expansion has also included a new distribution and development arm
which offers unique programming for any taste. Fatkat's programming
catalogue includes live-action and animation with all genres covered
whether it be documentaries, action, comedy, lifestyle, travel and many
The Fatkat team has worked on high quality notable projects including
"Family Guy," the cult classic "Happy Tree Friends," "Skunk Fu," "Chaotic,"
"Super Strikas," "SuperNormal," "Odd Job Jack" as seen on the Comedy
Network, the pre-school classic "Caillou," and "Carl Squared." Fatkat has
also completed several commercial projects for the Microsoft, Dallas
Mavericks, Pepsi, Yahoo, Century 21 and a web series campaign for Popped
Culture Theatre and Unilever's "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" (Now in
its 3rd delicious season!)
With projects like these it's no wonder that Fatkat was featured in
Progress Magazine as the fastest growing company in Atlantic Canada for
About Nicktoons Network
Nicktoons Network is the fastest growing kids' network* and offers a
24-hour schedule featuring programming such as the "Nicktoons Network
Animation Festival," "Skyland," "Kappa Mikey," "The Secret Show" and
"Martin Mystery," as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids' and
animation lovers' TV, including "Avatar: The Last Airbender," "Invader
Zim," "Danny Phantom," "SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Fairly OddParents" and
"The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius." Nicktoons Network is a part
of the MTV Networks expanded suite of channels available for digital
distribution. The new channels include MTV Hits, MTV Jams, Nicktoons
Network and VH1 Mega Hits, expanding and strengthening MTV Networks'
digital offerings to thirteen services.
Nicktoons Network currently reaches 48 million homes via cable, digital
cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision, Charter
Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, DISH Network
and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons, and all related titles and logos are
property of Viacom, Inc.
*Nicktoons Network is the Fastest Growing Kids' Network among K2-11 and
K12-17. Source: Nielsen Media Research, 8/28/06-06/03/07 vs.
08/29/05-06/04/06. (Live) US AA%
YTV, in its 20th year, is a leading entertainment brand for kids in Canada.
The network is seen in over eight million homes. As a major force in kids'
entertainment, YTV has triggered over $1 billion in Canadian independent
production; has a highly interactive website that averages over 90 million
monthly page views; publishes a successful kids' magazine, Whoa!; and
conducts a highly respected annual survey, The YTV Tween Report. Discovery
Kids offers children of all ages informative and entertaining programming
with an emphasis on action, adventure and the environment. Featuring
real-world adventures, Discovery Kids lets children explore the globe and
still be home in time for dinner. "Treehouse," seen in over six million
homes across Canada, offers a unique television environment that is in tune
with the interests and developmental levels of preschool children
About the BBC
The BBC is a unique broadcasting institution, owned by the British people
and independent of political and commercial interests. The BBC's purpose --
largely unchanged in 80 years -- is to enrich the life of every person in
the UK with programmes that inform, educate and entertain.
The CBBC Channel (CBBC) provides a wide range of high-quality, distinctive
programming for 6-12 year olds, including drama, entertainment, comedy,
animation, news and factual programmes. CBBC provides a stimulating,
creative and enjoyable environment that is also safe and trusted.