Arts & Entertainment

DQE, Al Jazeera tie-up to telecast Jungle Book in Arabic

NetIndian News Network

Mumbai, February 12, 2010

Animation, gaming and live action entertainment production and distribution company DQE today said it had signed an exclusive broadcast deal with Al Jazeera Children's Channel (JCC) for the telecast of the 52x11-minute-episode animate series and the 60-minute television feature of "The Jungle Book".

The company said in a press release that the agreement would allow JCC exclusive broadcasting rights across 22 Arab countries for a term of five years.

It said the Arabic version of The Jungle Book will be broadcast for the first time in 3d CGI across 22 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Comoros, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen through JCC's feeds on Arabsat, Nilesat, Hotbird and Eurobird.

"The broadcast licensing agreement with Al Jazeera for our Jungle Book TV series is testament to the universal appeal of our Jungle Book adaptation.. This relationship is of immense strategic value to DQE for other potential alliances," Mr Tapaas Chakravarti, Chairman & CEO of DQE Group said.

Ms Malika Alouane, Director of Channels’ Programming at JCC said: "We are delighted to obtain the Arabic rights for the Jungle Book animated series and adapt it to our audience. The story book is a classic and well in line with many stories told across the vast territories JCC covers; in some countries, it is introduced in schools as part of students’ curriculum."

"We are pleased to partner with DQE and surely appreciate the quality they have achieved in bringing to life this promising children TV content", she added.

DQE recently filed its Draft Red Herring Prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) seeking to go public.

The Jungle Book TV series and 60 minute Tele Movie in HD-3D, developed and produced by DQE group at a global budget of Euro 9.2 million in co-production with German broadcasting and distribution giant ZDF Group as well as famous French broadcaster TF-1 Group, supported by MoonScoop, France, a prolific producer of children's animated content, has already been sold for TV broadcasting to ABC TV Australia and for 27 countries to Disney Multiplex of Channels. Strategic licensing and merchandising discussions underway, the release added.