DQE Sells Italian Jungle Book Rights to Leading Broadcaster RAI DUE

The Jungle Book Nominated in 5 categories at Cartoon on the Bay – Pulcinella Awards, ItalyDQE, the global entertainment production and distribution company, today announces it has signed an agreement for the exclusive broadcast and distribution right for The Jungle Book 3D TV series in Italy to RAI DUE (“RAI 2”), an Italian television broadcaster.

The agreement was signed through DQE’s co-production partner ZDF Enterprises, Germany and will see RAI 2 hold all the broadcasting rights to “The Jungle Book” in Italy.
RAI 2 is one of the three main television channels broadcast by Italian broadcaster RAI, alongside RAI 1 and RAI 3. RAI is the biggest television company in Italy having the highest audience penetration for this region.

ZDF Enterprises is a subsidiary of ZDF one of the biggest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe, and is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international co productions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands.

Cartoons On The Bay, Italy: Nomination in 5 categories:

In continuation of the tremendous response to The Jungle Book series produced by DQE, season 1 of which has already started broadcast in several key territories such as Australia (on ABC), Canada ( On TVO), UK (on BBC), France ( on TF1) the series has been nominated inThe Best ‘TV series for Kids’ category at the prestigious Pulcinella awards 2011 to be held at Cartoons on the Bay, Italy.

The series will also compete for - Best Animated Character of the Year, Best European Production of the Year, Best Soundtrack of the Year, Best Book Based Animation Work.

Cartoons on the Bay 2011 is an Italian international festival held in the month of April in Rapallo, Italy for Animation: Films, TV Series and Fairy Tales .It is considered as one of the most prestigious awards for animation.

Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman & CEO of DQE Group commented:
“RAI 2 is one of the leading television broadcasters in Europe and we are delighted that they have decided to broadcast The Jungle Book in Italy from next month onwards.

The Jungle Book has already started to air on the Disney channel for the South East Asian region and will also soon start to air on the Disney Channel in India bringing our home grown production into the homes and hearts of children all over the world.”

Giorgio Buscaglia, Head of Fiction on Rai Due also commented:

“It is a pleasure to include ‘the Jungle Book’ into our morning schedule from March 23 onwards. We believe our morning slot will be enriched with this unique product and we believe this version of Kipling’s iconic tale will certainly captivate audiences of our network.”

Fred Burcksen, Vice President at ZDF Enterprises added:

We are delighted that DQE’s Jungle Book has found a home in Italy at Rai Due. It’s a perfect fit.”

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