DQE signs co-production deal with ZDF Enterprises

MUMBAI: DQ Entertainment has signed a co-production agreement with German-based ZDF Enterprises for 52 episodes of 11 minutes each of the second season of the 3D HD animated series of Jungle Book.
ZDF Enterprises, along with German pubcaster ZDF, has taken the lead as chief co-production partner of the second season at a budget of 9 million Euros. It will distribute the new adventures of Mowgli and his friends in over 60 countries throughout Europe and Latin America.
The first season has been picked up by a number of marquee networks including BBC (UK), TF1 (France), ABC (Australia), TVO (Canada), ZDF (Germany), JCCTV (Middle East), Noga TV (Israel), Channel B (Indonesia) and EBS (Korea).

DQ expects the second season to further boost the merchandising and licensing of this property that already has many deals agreed worldwide for toys, apparel, board games, outdoor action games, beach toys and food items.

Comments DQ Entertainment chairman and CEO Tapas Chakravarti, "The second season of Jungle Book was a simple decision after the tremendous success of the first season and the inherent demand by the global broadcasting community. Jungle Book already has a tremendous fan following and has created the need of kids to see more and more of Mowgli and his jungle friends.

"We are confident that the second season will also be a tremendous commercial success. It will be followed by a RV movie special, a Christmas special, a Halloween special and many other spin-offs. The partnership with ZDF is symbiotic in the sense that we are producing several other projects with them."

Earlier, DQE has produced and distributed iconic brands such as Iron Man (3D animated TV series), Twisted Whiskers, Mikido and Casper, Pinky & Perky.

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