BKN International A.G.

July 06, 2005 03:18 ET

BKN Announces Several New Deals on its King Kong Property and Significant Expansion of its USA Activities

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - July 6, 2005) - BKN International A.G. (AIM:BKN)(FRANKFURT:BKQ), the Frankfurt and London listed global animation company engaged in the distribution and marketing of animated children's television programmes and related consumer products, announces that it has signed a number of licensing deals with partners in the US on "Kong - The Animated Series" and the animated film "Kong- King of Atlantis". These licensing deals will enable BKN to further exploit this property in the US market and BKN plans to expand significantly its US activities over the next 12-18 months.

- Disney ABC Cable Networks Group has licensed BKN's 'Kong- King of Atlantis' film and 'Kong- the animated series' properties. The series will premiere this fall on Jetix, the action/adventure programming block which airs during primetime on Toon Disney and mornings on ABC Family.

- JTMG has been appointed to expand the marketing, licensing and promotional programmes of 'Legend of the Dragon', 'Kong- the animated series', 'Kong- King of Atlantis', 'Shanghai Tiger' and 'Triple Threat from Outer Space'.

Nicola Andrews, VP- Sales and Marketing of BKN, said, "These new licensing deals represent a major expansion of our US activities and we are delighted to be able to announce these licensing deals with such high quality partners. The deals coincide with the high profile launch of the 'Kong-King of Atlantis' DVD planned for release on 12 October 2005 in the US. We expect to continue this US roll-out over the next 12-18 months and will make further announcements in due course."

Tracy McAndrew, Director of Jetix Original Series Development and Acquisitions Disney ABC Cable Networks Group, added, "We are excited to partner with BKN and bring the animated Kong to our Jetix viewers in the U.S."

Joy Tashjian, President of JTMG said, "With such high demand for BKN properties in the US, we are looking to launch a major marketing roll-out. Kong is launching this autumn on Jetix, on DVD and as a videogame; 'Legend of the Dragon' will launch next autumn as a videogame and toy line; Shanghai Tiger debuts in autumn 2006 while Triple Threat from Outer Space starts in autumn 2007."

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BKN International A.G.
Nicola Andrews, VP-Sales and Marketing Tel: +44 (0) 20 7269 8681
Wayne Mowat, Chief Financial Officer Tel: +44 (0) 20 7269 8687
wayne.mowat@bknkids.com www.bknkids.com

Media Enquiries:

Henry Harrison-Topham / Chris Lane Tel: +44 (0) 20 7398 7700
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Notes to editors:

BKN International A.G. is a global animation company engaged in the distribution and marketing of animated children's television programmes and the marketing of related consumer products (licensing and merchandising) in all forms. BKN has worked on numerous successful animation projects.

The Company is currently listed on the Deutsche Bourse and AIM and it operates all over the world. BKN has successfully negotiated distribution deals in over 80 countries and territories in the children's programming market.

The Company's Film Library includes:

- Legend of the Dragon
- Kong - The Animated Series
- Kong- King of Atlantis
- Triple Threat from Outer Space
- Roswell Conspiracies
- Shanghai Tiger
- Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog
- Pocket Dragon Adventures
- Highlander - The Animated Series