1. New detective duo series Lexi & Lottie from Australia
SLR Productions announced that they will team up with Telegael, SUPER RTL, ZDF Enterprises and Network Ten for production on its detective duo series Lexi & Lottie. It is the 26 x 22 minute animated series, aiming at 6 to 9 year olds. It was developed in 2015 with SUPER RTL and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation in Australia providing scripting assistance. The story centers around Lexi and Lottie, who are 12–year–olds identical twins with telepathic powers. They team up with Mozart, a pet mouse, and Fred, a journalist friend, to unlock the crimes in their town…. such as animal theft, missing persons, and art fraud sabotage.
2. Multi-picture deal for new Maya the Bee feature film series
Shout! Factory in USA and Studio 100 Media in Germany have expanded their distribution alliance for the upcoming sequels to Maya the Bee. Under this agreement, Shout! Factory secured exclusive North American distribution rights to the film, including theatrical, video on-demand, digital, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. A strategic rollout of the new films, beginning with Maya The Bee 2 – The Honey Games (in development) is planned from 2017 through Shout! Factory Kids.
3. Axis group’s new animation project for Netflix and E4
The Scotsman reported that Axis group based in Scotland announced their expansion into the broader entertainment industry and long format television and film. Axis is collaborating with co-producers Balloon Entertainment and Kindle Entertainment to work on a six-part animated series for Netflix and E4. Its sister studio Flaunt has created a “long-format” division after working on a pilot called Lost in Oz, which was recently given the green light for a series on Amazon Prime.
4. Cinesite opens major animation studio in Montréal
Cinesite, founded in London as a VFX studio, has opened the new 54,000 sq ft animation studio in Montréal with the intention of getting nine feature animated films into production over the next five years. The new facility will have the capacity to employ 500 permanent staff to work on animated films by 2020. Comic Animations, Cinesite’s feature animation division, will join SPA Studios and Atresmedia Cine to co-produce the animated feature Klaus at the new facility. It is also partnering with Dublin-based River Productions to begin development on an animated feature inspired by the international stage Riverdance.
News about Klaus: http://animationweek.uk/16-20-november-2015/