"Fun with Claude" awarded Best Pre-School Series at Cartoons on the Bay
Mainz, 24th April 2010
The children’ animation series and ZDF/ZDF Enterprises co-production [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de/fun_with_claude.15834.htm "Fun with Claude" (52 x 10')] has just received the award for Best Pre-School Series at the 14th edition of Cartoons on the Bay, the International Television and Multimedia Animation Festival in Italy’s Rapallo.
ZDF Enterprises is also pleased with the strong sales the series "Fun With Claude" (52 x 10') in recent months. The series about the little polar bear Claude, who moves to a warmer clime with his family, has been confirming its universal appeal with sales to major broadcasters. Among them are Italy's RAI and Disney Channel, Spain's TV3, Australia's ABC, Sweden's SVT, Norway's NRK, Finland's YLE 2, Poland's Canal+ and, for English-speaking Canada, TV Ontario. With the "Claude" books by award-winning illustrator David Wojtowycz now also available in Korea, the important Asian market remains a major sales target, along with Latin America and Eastern Europe. "Fun with Claude" has also been nominated for Best Pre-School Series at the 14th edition of Cartoons on the Bay, the International Television and Multimedia Animation Festival.
ZDF Enterprises also handles the merchandising rights to the series for all countries save the U.K. As the series continues to pull in outstanding ratings on Playhouse UK, Disney's British preschool channel, interest in merchandising products is steadily growing. By enhancing its sales strategy with a special B2C microsite for young viewers and their parents, ZDF Enterprises hopes to attract further buyers for the series in all media. "Fun with Claude" is produced by distinguished U.K. animation firms Red & Blue, headed by Marion Edwards, and Dot to Dot, managed by Jo Killingley, in coproduction with ZDF and ZDF Enterprises.
**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.
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