DQ Entertainment to collaborate with French companies on TV series

Mumbai: DQ Entertainment plc has inked an agreement with M6 Studio, France and Method Animation SA, France for the co-production of a TV series based on the iconic brand Le petit Nicolas (Little Nick).

Little Nick created by René Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé was first published in 1959. Since then this French cartoon has sold over 10 million copies in 30 countries. Little Nick is an illustration of an ideal childhood and a nostalgic memory of the 1950s.

M6 Studio, an animation production subsidiary of M6, has decided to use this image for television animation production with DQE and Method Animation as a tripartite co-production. DQE, Method Animation and Luxanimation will be exclusively executing the animated production of this tripartite animated series.  

M6 Studio deputy manager and head children’s programs Natalie Altmann said, "Adapting Little Nick, the masterpiece of Goscinny and Sempé, for the small screen represents quite a challenge. The dialogue and humour of Goscinny, the father of Asterix, are so unique and subtle and the graphic talent of Sempé is so sensitive, that we needed to surrender ourselves with the best artistic teams in the animation industry. The association of Method Animation and DQE on this great project is, for me, the best possible choice. Together with the financial and commercial support of the M6 group, we have all the elements to make of Little Nick not only a commercial success but a creative breakthrough in the arena of animated series for television."

Method Animation chairman Aton Soumache added, "We are really proud to do the animated adaptation of Little Nick across three generations. The Goscinny family has trusted M6 Studio and us to adapt Little Nick for animated story telling and we will do justice to this trust."

DQ Entertainment chairman and CEO Tapaas Chakravarti said, "We are delighted to be associated with this production alongside M6 Studio & Method Animation, France.  2009 will mark the 50th Anniversary of Little Nick and we feel honored to be involved in this animated project and celebrating the legacy of this cartoon."