Mondo TV to Co-Produce and Distribute Animated Series based on Duckport Characters
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Contact: Sondra Contino, Lawless Entertainment, (949) 419-6156, [email protected]
San Diego, CA / Rome, Italy, June 22, 2015 – Lawless Entertainment is thrilled to announce that it has just concluded a production deal with Mondo TV on behalf of Suzy’s Zoo. Mondo TV will co-produce and distribute a new 2D HD animated series based on the “Adventures in Duckport” character set of Suzy’s Zoo.
The complete series will be composed of 52 x 11 minute episodes and will be distributed by Mondo TV worldwide, except North America.
Lawless Entertainment will handle worldwide licensing and merchandising (except for some territories reserved to Mondo TV group) as well as distribution in North America.
BBC veteran Theresa Plummer-Andrews will serve as script editor for the series. Theresa’s vast experience in the kid’s television series arena will play a crucial role in developing a successful series!
The “Adventures in Duckport” series will feature the original Suzy’s Zoo character set, which includes the duck Suzy Ducken and her friends Jack Quacker, Penelope O’Quinn, Corky Turtle and more. The series will be targeted to ages 4-8 and will follow the fun adventures of these adorable characters in which they interact with and show respect and love to the elder members of their community. Suzy, Jack, Penelope, Corky and all their friends will do their utmost to help their elderly neighbors, even if they end up in a pickle when doing so!
A sample of the Adventures in Duckport animated series will be showcased for the first time at MIPCOM 2015.
Theresa Plummer-Andrews, Managing Director of Plum Trees TV Limited, has known and admired the characters in the Suzy’s Zoo stable for some years and is delighted at being involved in bringing their adventures to the screen for children to enjoy.
“What a thrill to have my stories of Duckport come alive and into families around the world!” says Suzy’s Zoo creator, Suzy Spafford. “Working with Lawless Entertainment is a joy, and now, with our new partner Mondo TV, we are thrilled beyond description! Let the fun begin!”
“We are so delighted to work with Mondo TV and Suzy’s Zoo on this project,” says Cathy Malatesta, President of Lawless Entertainment. “We have had the pleasure of working with both companies for many years, and we can’t wait to see these lovely characters come to life!”
Matteo Corradi, CEO of the holding company Mondo TV S.p.A., stated: “We are so honored to be partnering with Suzy Spafford, creator of SUZY’s ZOO, along with Lawless Entertainment, on this great property. ADVENTURES IN DUCKPORT is a great show and concept, and we are sure we shall be doing a good job all together coming up with the TV series soon. It’s a great property which perfectly fits our targets, and we are thankful to Lawless Entertainment and Suzy Spafford for having chosen Mondo TV to help continue building a great success on this property, bringing it worldwide”.
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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 Mondo TV
Mondo TV is 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.
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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 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.