SOURCE: Breakthrough Entertainment

September 27, 2007 20:10 ET

qubo® and Breakthrough Entertainment Finalize Licensing Agreement for "Miss BG" in the U.S. Market

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - Multi-platform kids content provider qubo® and Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. have reached an agreement that provides qubo with the U.S. television rights to the animated children's series, "Miss BG." The announcement was made today by Rick Rodriguez, President and General Manager of qubo, and Kevin Gillis, Executive Producer and Managing Partner of Breakthrough Animation Inc.

The deal provides qubo with 52 half-hour episodes and 52 minutes of multi-platform vignettes of "Miss BG" in English and Spanish for the U.S. The series will premiere on the qubo digital channel with plans to roll the series out on its other platforms.

"Miss BG" is adapted from the acclaimed "Gudule & les Bébés" book collection published in France by Hachette-Jeunesse, authored by Fanny Joly and illustrated by Roser Capdevilla. "Miss BG" is a co-production between ELLIPSANIME, Breakthrough Animation, TVO, TFO (Canada) and France 5. Aimed at kids ages 5-8, the popular 3D animated TV series centers around the world of "Miss BG" (short for Big Girl), a precocious eight-year-old girl who sees it as her mission to teach her younger brother George the ways of the world. Being unlike any average 8-year-old, "Miss BG" has a very unique point of view as to how the world works. Many heartfelt and comical lessons in life are shared between her family and friends along the way. "Miss BG" is an official Canada/France co-production with Breakthrough Animation, ELLIPSANIME, TVO/TFO and France 5. Breakthrough Entertainment is the distribution division for all Breakthrough Animation properties, including "Miss BG."

"'Miss BG' is an ideal fit for qubo lineup as we continue to build out our digital channel and other platforms," said Rick Rodriguez, President and General Manager of qubo. "The series features memorable characters, great animation and pro-social storylines that highlight the importance of family, learning and fun in kids lives."

"'Miss BG' opens doors everywhere she goes with wide-eyed wonderment. We are confident that this property is a perfect match for qubo's roster of high quality, programming," said Gillis. "This aspirational series has wonderful educational and entertainment qualities that resonate with kids while stirring their imagination."

"We are thrilled that 'Miss BG' has found a home on qubo in the U.S.," commented Tanya Kelen, Head of Distribution, Breakthrough Entertainment. "The show's vibrant and identifiable characters are sure to provide hours of entertainment for kids, and we look forward to new fans in this market."

About qubo:

qubo is a new bilingual, multi-platform entertainment destination for children that focuses on literacy and values and celebrates the unlimited possibilities of a child's imagination. Formed in 2006 by an unprecedented alliance of leading distribution partners and content players in children's television, including Scholastic, ION Media Networks, NBC Universal, Corus Entertainment and Classic Media/Big Idea, qubo offers dynamic content in multiple environments. Currently broadcast on NBC Saturday mornings, ION TV network Fridays afternoons and Telemundo weekend mornings (check local listings) qubo also includes a 24/7 digital broadcast channel and Web site, www.qubo.com.

About Breakthrough Animation, Breakthrough Entertainment and Breakthrough Films & Television:

Breakthrough Animation was formed in 2003 when Breakthrough Films & Television's Co-Founders Ira Levy and Peter Williamson joined forces with Kevin Gillis, Breakthrough Animation's Managing Partner and Executive Producer. The company's first collaboration, "Atomic Betty," has been sold in over 130 territories to date including Cartoon Network USA, M6 (France), CiTV (UK), ABC Australia, and Teletoon France in association with partner broadcaster TELETOON Canada. Breakthrough Animation is also producing "Captain Flamingo" for Jetix Europe and YTV, and "Miss BG" for TVO, France 5, Nickelodeon Australia and Cartoon Network U.K. In addition, Breakthrough Animation has just commenced production on "Jimmy Two Shoes" for Jetix Europe and Teletoon Canada.

As one of Canada's leading independent producers, Kevin Gillis has created, executive produced and produced a number of award-winning series and films, including "The Raccoons," "Robocop: The Series" and "I Was A Rat."

Breakthrough Animation is currently developing "My Big Big Friend" as a co-production with 2D Lab in Brazil. The company is also focusing on primetime adult animation with a number of programs in development; "Foolz N The Hood," "The Orphanage" (CBC) and "Producing Emily" (Canwest Global).

Breakthrough Animation is a world leader in producing cutting edge programming for the traditional broadcast medium and is a pioneer in implementing strategies for multi platform programming.

Breakthrough Entertainment is the distribution division of Breakthrough Animation and Breakthrough Films & Television, a producer of popular children's, factual, drama, variety and lifestyle programming. The division distributes a library of over 1000 hours of programming that has sold in over 180 territories worldwide. Over the past 22 years, Breakthrough Films & Television's executive producers and co-founders Ira Levy and Peter Williamson have built a creative partnership to establish themselves as one of Canada's most prolific providers of television programs, having produced over 550 half-hours of programming over the last two years. On the Web, the company is located at www.breakthroughfilms.com

Contact Information

  • PR Contact for Breakthrough:

    SSA Public Relations
    Los Angeles: Shannon Kerr
    Email Contact
    +1 818-907-5929

    London: Karine Fouchet
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    +44 795 828 3556

    PR Contact For qubo:

    Barbara Cvrkel
    301-445-5660

    Breakthrough Company Contacts:

    At MIPCOM Stand # 00.01

    Kevin Gillis
    Managing Partner, Executive Producer
    Breakthrough Animation
    + 1 416 766 6588 x 251
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    Tanya Kelen
    Head of Distribution
    Breakthrough Entertainment
    +1 416 366 6588 x 113
    Email Contact