DQE to reincarnate 'The Jungle Book' with German broadcaster ZDF

MUMBAI: Hyderabad-based animation, gaming and entertainment company DQ Entertainment (DQE) has partnered with German broadcaster ZDF and its distribution and licensing arm ZDF Enterprises to reincarnate Rudyard Kipling‘s ‘The Jungle Book‘ for the first time in high definition television series and television feature format.

The budget of the project is pegged at approximately ?9 million (Rs 606.53 million) and will be funded through pre-sales and co-production deals across the globe.

‘The Jungle Book‘ deal will be led by DQE wherein the company will hold the majority global rights including television, distribution, home video, VoD, publishing and licensing and merchandising.

As co-producers, ZDF/ ZDF-E will have the right to appoint executive producers for the project with full editorial and distribution rights for Europe (excluding French, English and Irish territories), Middle East

and Latin America.

"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 DQE Group chairman and CEO Tapaas Chakravarti.
To exploit the product in France and other French territories, DQE has collaborated with French broadcaster TF-1 Broadcasting and its distribution and licensing arm TF-1 Enterprises.

London-based NBC Universal, meanwhile, has been given the responsibility for distribution of the project‘s home video in territories such as UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and Japan while it is in advance negotiations for other territories also.

"Joining hands with ZDF Group of companies from Germany, TF-1 Group of companies from France and NBC Universal, London has added tremendous strength to the production of this brand Jungle Book," Chakravarti quipped.

"This has almost guaranteed very strong distribution for all platform of television, video, VOD and merchandising in entire Europe, Middle East and Latin America while, Asian nations and North America are joining hands shortly," added Chakravarti.

According to DQE, the company is currently in talks with other European and international distributors for co-production and acquisition deals for the forthcoming series.

The book will be visually translated into a 52 episode animated series wherein the first season of the 52x11 minute series will be delivered by 2010. This will be followed by a 60-minute TV feature.

Said ZDF international co-productions and acquisitions for children‘s and youth programming - head Nicole Keeb, "‘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."

Latest Reads
Media Worldwide launches Bangla Talkies

Music channel network, Media Worldwide Ltd has announced the launch of an all new channel Bangla Talkies.

Television TV Channels Regional
COLORS launches an epic tale of good vs. evil - ‘Vish Ya Amrit: Sitaara’

COLORS, India’s leading premium Hindi entertainment channel is strengthening its leadership in the fantasy and supernatural genre with the launch of ‘Vish Ya Amrit: Sitaara’

Television TV Channels GECs
First Promo of Pro Volleyball League goes on air

With the league a couple of months away, volleyball fans across the country were treated to the first promo of Pro Volleyball League on Wednesday.

Television TV Channels Sports
CNN Digital appoints new head of CNN Digital Asia

CNN Digital has appointed Brett McKeehan as Director, CNN Digital Asia. Based in Hong Kong, McKeehan will lead the Asia-Pacific team and have editorial responsibility for content coming from teams across the region for CNN Digital’s global audience.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting

Located 46 miles off the coast of Belize, the Blue Hole is known around the world for its crystal-clear water and its abundance of sharks and sea life.

Television TV Channels Factual @ Discovery
“Meet the Drapers”, the crowdfunding reality show by Sony Entertainment Television, is again on the hunt for the next big idea; Season 2 going global

“Meet the Drapers” Season 1 debuted the world’s first crowdfunding-based startup reality show in 2017-2018, featuring the Drapers -- Silicon Valley’s legendary VC family - and was an immediate success in the Americas.

Television TV Channels GECs
Kids most benefited genre in Chrome DM week 46

With a growth of 1.07 per cent, the kids genre in all India 1 lakh+, marked the highest opportunity to see (OTS) among all categories in week 46 of Chrome Data Analytics and Media. Discovery garnered the highest OTS in kids’ genre with 90.5 per cent.

Television TV Channels Viewership
Viacom18 confirms the departure of Raj Nayak

In an official statement released to the media, Viacom18 confirmed the departure of Raj Nayak, the media network’s Chief Operating Officer.

Television TV Channels GECs
Sony Pictures Networks India gears up for the India tour of Australia with engaging programming initiatives

For the year ending high-octane cricket series between India and Australia, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), will be undertaking several initiatives to enhance the viewing experience and increase engagement with cricket enthusiasts across the nation.

Television TV Channels Sports

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories