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 Network.

About Fatkat

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 others.

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 2007!

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%

About YTV

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.

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