FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sondra Contino, Lawless Entertainment, (949) 419-6156, [email protected]
San Diego, CA / Rome, Italy, September 19, 2014 – Lawless Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of Mondo TV S.p.A. as worldwide distributor (except North America) for the Little Suzy’s Zoo animated series.
Mondo TV will conclude broadcast/cable/satellite/home video/DVD commitments for the animated series, which features the characters of Little Suzy’s Zoo and consists of 26×2 minute episodes.
The Little Suzy’s Zoo animated series follows Witzy, a live, fluffy duckling who spends blissful days in the sunshine amidst the laundry endlessly drying on the clothesline with his teddy bear Boof, musical bunny rabbit Lulla, the calico giraffe Patches, and the chenille elephant, Ellie Funt. But one day a grasshopper jumps on the bear’s nose, and after that, and one by one, each stuffed animal comes alive. Each 2-minute episode is beautifully and faithfully illustrated in 2D from the watercolor-like illustrations and stories of Suzy’s Zoo.
“It amazes me to see my characters come to life and run around in the big back yard,” says Suzy’s Zoo creator, Suzy Spafford. “I hope people everywhere will catch on to Witzy’s sunny spirit and whimsical playfulness.”
“Suzy’s Zoo is a wonderful series which perfectly meets the values we want to transmit to our young public,” says Matteo Corradi, CEO of Mondo TV. “We will work together with Suzy’s Zoo and Lawless Entertainment to bring Witzy and his friends to a worldwide success”.
“Suzy’s Zoo is loved and recognized worldwide, and Lawless Entertainment is very happy to see these adorable characters reach even more individuals,” says Cathy Malatesta, President of Lawless Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be working with the Mondo team to introduce these adorable animated episodes to the rest of the world.”
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Notes to Editors:
About Lawless Entertainment
Lawless Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based company that creates, co-produces, distributes and markets both animated and live-action programming throughout the world for both film and television that is headed up by President Cathy Malatesta. Lawless works with content providers and has relationships with top film, television, home video, online and mobile distribution entities throughout the world.
For more information contact Sondra Contino at (949) 419-6156 or visit www.lawlessent.com.
About Suzy’s Zoo
Suzy’s Zoo was established in 1968 by award-winning San Diego artist, Suzy Spafford. Deriving from Suzy’s own childhood memories, it evokes the spirit of a time when kids were free to explore their surroundings and have adventures of their own making.
The stories begin when Suzy Ducken and her next-door neighbor Jack Quacker decide to build a tree fort in the big old tree between their houses. Their nearby neighbor Corky Turtle is the ballast of the group with his scientific and practical ways of making things work. Suzy’s best-friend, the girly and opinionated Emily Marmot, is the comedy relief, with the redeeming quality of ALWAYS bringing the refreshments for their adventures. Jack, the leader of the group, has a burning desire to be able to fly all over Duckport and the entire Beak Isles. Ever-impatient, he is always trying out a device to get him airborne. Suzy is the straight-man in the group, with her even temperament and diplomatic ways. But she has her moments of frustration, too—especially about Jack. Tagging along is the pesky but lovable Ollie Marmot, Emily’s twin. Ollie competes with Jack for speed and bravado. Their adventures are about invention, involvement, cooperation, sharing, and exploration—and involve junkyards, tools, dirt, attics filled with old stuff, school, family, chores, the other interesting characters in the town of Duckport, and a sense of belonging to a widely mixed community of animal folk.
There is another character group in Duckport—the little toddler duck Witzy and his stuffed animal friends Boof, Patches, Lulla and Ellie Funt. Witzy is Jack Quacker’s young cousin. Witzy’s adventures are mostly limited to his backyard where he is watched over by his mostly-unnoticed momma. And there is a third character set-Wags and Whiskers, all about dogs and cats, and centers around a shaggy sheepdog Kirby Harrington and his nemesis Natasha, the way-too-cool black and white kitty. Each character set features well-drawn illustrations of personable (mostly!) characters to create a familiar-seeming and friendly universe.
There are many superb licensing partners that sell Suzy’s Zoo images on such products as infant clothing, greeting cards, bedding, books, tableware and games. These products can be found in the mass market as well as in specialty stores.
About Mondo TV S.p.A.
Mondo TV, listed in the Star segment of Borsa Italiana, has its registered office in Rome and is a Group made up of five companies; the Group is a leader in Italy and among the primary European operators in the production and distribution of television series and cartoon films for TV and the cinema, and is active in the related sectors (audiovisual and musical distribution, licensing, media, publishing and merchandising).
For further information on Mondo TV, visit www.mondotv.it.