MUMBAI: AIM listed DQ Entertainment International (DQE) and Moonscoop have signed a bi-partite deal to co-produce a 2D animated TV series called Tara Duncan. The series will have a global production budget of Euro 6.4 million.
French broadcaster M6 and Disney will be the broadcast partners for this production. This is the fourth TV series between the two companies after the announcement of their strategic alliance last year. The alliance that aims to capitalize on the individual business networks and production expertise of both groups has seen fructification after Moonscoop and DQE began working together on the animated TV series Casper’s Scare School, co-produced with Classic Media.
Tara Duncan, based on the best selling book by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian, is slated to go into production by June this year. Tara is a young girl, who discovers by chance that she is a “sortcelière” (those who can bind fates) with very powerful capacities. Tara will discover a world of magic and supernatural, with its risks and dangers.
DQE Group chairman and CEO Tapaas Chakravarti said, “The functionality of our partnership with Moonscoop has been proven once again. Together we will produce world class animation for television productions as well as feature films. We are also jointly exploring producing Indian content in live action as well as animation to further extend our relationship with Moonscoop.”
“Our faith in DQ Entertainment as a suitable partner in today’s highly competitive marketplace has been reinforced with the signing of this new co-production between the two groups. We have a great track record and hope to extend our working partnership on several other project,” added Moonscoop co-chairman Christophe di Sabatino.
“This deal is in logical progression of our ongoing relationship with DQE. We have successfully collaborated on Casper and the Fantastic Four TV series. We hope that Tara Duncan will be yet another successful partnership. Each of our companies brings something unique to this agreement which we think will ultimately benefit not only our companies, but our broadcast and licensing partners, as well,” said The Moonscoop CEO Nicolas Atlan.
The two companies also worked together on The Fantastic Four animated series based on the famous superheroes from Marvel, with MoonScoop’s US office on Twisted Whiskers, a co-production with American Greetings and the animated series ToddWorld.