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Coolabi Group opens SCREAM STREET for production with major media partners

ZDF Enterprises on board as global TV distributor for the series (excluding the UK, US and Australia)

London, 26th June 2014.

Leading international media group and rights owner Coolabi has commenced production on its brand new stop-motion animated series Scream Street with co-production partner, animation studio Factory TM.

Lead broadcaster CBBC is on board for 52 x 11’ episodes of the fast-paced comedy-horror for 8-10 year olds. Coolabi has secured ZDF Enterprises as global TV distributor for the series (excluding the UK, US and Australia). ZDF Enterprises has also taken German licensing rights to the property.

The series is being produced by Manchester-based Factory TM who have a wealth of experience in stop-motion animation. Renowned puppet and model-makers Mackinnon & Saunders (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Frankenweenie) are creating the cast ensemble. CBBC will start airing the series in the UK in 2016. Select footage will be available for the first time at MIPCOM this year.

Scream Street follows the story of Luke Watson: a regular teen apart from the werewolf gene! When the Government Housing of Unusual Lifeforms (G.H.O.U.L.) gets wind of Luke’s hairy habit, they transfer him and his parents to Scream Street – where surfer-dude zombies, sarcastic vampires, glamorous witches and just plain-bad monsters put a whole new spin on community spirit.

Scream Street is a stylish, spooky comedy, full of wonderful characters that will have instant appeal for the older end of the CBBC audience. The style and pace promise to be like no other CBBC stop-frame animated show”, commented Cheryl Taylor, Controller CBBC.

Zoe Bamsey, Director of Production & Development, Coolabi, says: “Scream Street is a truly individual book series that we know will translate into a fantastic and funny animated show for TV.  We’re excited to be working with CBBC, ZDF Enterprises and Factory TM to bring to life the books for existing fans and new audiences.”

Phil Chalk, MD of Factory TM said “The show is innovative and combines cutting edge digital technologies with stop-motion. We are looking forward to creating a genre busting show.”

Katharina Pietzsch, Director ZDFE.junior of ZDF Enterprises said “We are delighted to be partnering up with CBBC, Coolabi and Factory TM on this fantastic project and look very much forward to bringing the show to partners and markets worldwide. With it’s super cool look, great storylines and humour, it will appeal to kids and their families all over the globe.”

The Walker Books-created thirteen-book series is already a publishing hit with kids globally and has secured a growing fan base since the launch of the first title in 2008. Fans include authors Darren Shan and Philip Reeve, who describes Scream Street as ‘Like Harry Potter with extra bite!’ The books have already sold into territories including USA, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Russia and Sweden. Walker Entertainment, Walker Books’ production division, is an executive producer for the television series

For further information contact DDA Blueprint:
Monique Levine Tel: +44 (0) 20 7932 9825
or Email:
Monique@ddablueprint.com

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About Coolabi Group
Coolabi Group is a leading, independent, international media group and rights owner specialising in the creation, development and brand management of children’s and family intellectual property rights.
The group, made up of Coolabi and Working Partners, has a particular expertise in the media of publishing, television and digital. Brands owned and represented by Coolabi include Poppy Cat, Purple Ronnie, Beast Quest and the Smallfilms’ trio of properties Bagpuss, Clangers and Ivor the Engine.
For more information on Coolabi Ltd see www.coolabi.com

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About Factory TM
Factory TM is an independent, innovative, multi-genre animation studio working in broadcast and advertising. Embracing new talent technology and delivery platforms the studio has developed a reputation as a world leader in the design and collaborative development of immersive entertainment.
Passionate about animation; Factory TM embraces new talent, technology and delivery platforms as illustrated in the BAFTA nominated Strange Hill High, a co-production with CBBC and FME.
Prolific creators and award-winning producers of animated content, Factory TM worked on some of the most iconic animated television projects of the last 20 years, including Roary the Racing Car, Fifi and the Flower Tots, Muddle Earth, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and is currently producing The Clangers for CBeebies, Coolabi, Smallfilms and Sprout.

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About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail: christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de, www.zdf-enterprises.de.

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