Global budget of approximately €7.7 million
DQE, the animation, gaming, live action entertainment production and distributioncompany, today announces that it has entered into a co-production agreement for thesecond series of the animation of Le Petit Nicolas with M6 Studios (France), a wellknown TV broadcaster and producer.
The second season of Le Petit Nicolas (lovingly known as “Little Nick”) comprises 52episodes of 13 minutes each at a global budget of approximately €7.7 million. The serieswill be developed in high-end CGI and production is scheduled to start in 2011. DQE hasthe exclusive right to sell and distribute the TV and video rights pertaining to the seriesin Asian territories in Hindi, English and all local languages. DQE will also distribute theseries (both seasons) in all English speaking countries worldwide.
Little Nick was created by René Goscinny, also the creator of Asterix and illustrated byJean-Jacques Sempé. This iconic French cartoon was first published in 1959, since whenit has sold over 10 million copies in more than 30 countries. The first series of Le PetitNicolas which was co produced by DQE is expected to premiere in the Indiansubcontinent shortly and has already aired in France and on ZDF, Germany withexcellent viewer numbers.
Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman & CEO of DQE commented:
“I am confident that our collaboration with M6 Studio and its TV Channel for theco-production of the second season of this iconic property, ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ will again behugely successful after the very successful run of the first season worldwide. This dealreaffirms the quality and dedication of DQE’s work and the confidence that our partnershave in us. The first season, also co-produced by DQE has aired in France as well asGermany and has received an excellent response from viewers. Soon audiences in thesub continent will be able to view it on a leading children’s network in this region.
”Thomas Valentin, President of M6 Studios commented:
“M6 Studios is very proud of the relationship which has been successfully developed onthe production of Little Nick with DQE, and also the other companies involved in theproduction, Method Animation and Luxanimation.”