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DQ Entertainment to reincarnate the legendary 'Jungle Book'

ZDF and ZDF Enterprises to co-produce series with multi million Euro production budget

DQ Entertainment, the internationally acclaimed and AIM, London listed Animation & Gaming company, is delighted to announce the production of an all-new original CGI animated TV series - 'The Jungle Book'. 'The Jungle Book' will once again come to life, for the first time in High Definition Television format. The series to be endowed with a multi million Euro global production budget is being co-produced with Germany's pubcaster ZDF and ZDF Enterprises. ZDF/ ZDF-E will be full Co-producers on the project, with right to appoint Executive Producers with full editorial rights and distribution rights across German speaking countries for Europe (excluding French, English and Irish territories), Middle East and Latin America. DQE will subsequently also create a TV Special of 60 minutes based on the TV Series along with the first season of 52 x 11 minutes to be delivered by 2010. Other large European and worldwide networks and international distributors have expressed keen interest to partner on this production as DQE ties up more co-productions and acquisition deals for the forthcoming series.

Based on the vast history and tradition of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel 'The Jungle Book' TV series will explore the various escapades of Mowgli and his jungle friends in this dramatic, funny and fast paced series where we will see Mowgli develop and learn to survive in the dangerous jungle.

The stories unfold interesting tales of Mowgli - The Man Cub, raised by a pack of wolves in the lovely tropical jungle of Seeonee. Mowgli's world includes his formidable jungle friends; Baloo, a wise old bear who is his mentor, his best friend Bagheera , a young Panther - Canter and (sometimes!) Kaa the Python. The stories will also introduce several wild and exotic species of animals to the backdrop of the beautiful Jungles, the ruins of beautiful Indian royal forts, temples, waterfalls and the Waingunga River. The series will also portray Mowgli’s journey to the village where he originally came from and will have stories of his encounters with the human species. World class British animation script writers and Multi talented voice artistes will bring to life these well known and loved characters.

"The team at DQE is full of anticipation as we embark on this thrilling journey through the Indian jungles with Mowgli and his friends! This is a major milestone for the growth of DQE's home grown IP initiatives, and represents a bold step forward in terms of international production, licensing and distribution for our company, said Tapaas Chakravarti Chairman & CEO of DQE Group. Joining hands with ZDF Enterprises, Germany has added strength to the production and distribution of this iconic property since ZDF Enterprises is uniquely positioned to undertake the widest possible exploitation of this TV series in their territory."

Said Nicole Keeb, the head of international co-productions and acquisitions for children's and youth programming at ZDF: "We - as lead broadcaster - are extremely pleased to be part of the team working on this beautiful project. 'Jungle Book' is a classical property and with its modern 3D adaptation perfectly fits into ZDF's programming. We particularly like the idea that Mowgli and his friends will come to life in their homeland: India."

Arne Lohmann, ZDF Enterprises' Director Co-production Children and Youth, said: "We are proud to partner up with DQ Entertainment on this fantastic project. With its outstanding production technique and with its universal appeal we believe it will be a huge success."

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**About DQE**
DQE is a leading animation production company engaged in the production of traditional / digital animation and game art development with a workforce of over 3500 and a global client base. DQE produces animation for films, television series and console based games for a number of international production houses, DQE has over 80 clients including Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc., Electronic Arts, Marvel, American Greetings, NBC-Universal, BBC, M6, France 2, Method Animation, Atlantyca.
Currently under production at DQE are iconic international properties such as Iron Man, Casper, Pinky & Perky, Twisted Whiskers, Mikido, Little Nick, Le Petit Prince and many others. DQE has a library of over 300 hours of international animated programs in its Licensing Division. DQE's international quality production facilities are based in Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Manila and has international sales offices in LA, Paris and Tokyo.

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**About ZDF Enterprises**
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

**Contact ZDF Enterprises**
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. 0049 6131-991228, fax 0049 6131-991229, e-mail: [mailto:denilauler.c@zdf.de denilauler.c@zdf.de], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
Fax
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
E-Mail
christine.denilauler@zdf-enterprises.de
Address
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany