Mipcom - October 4, 2006
Foothill Continues to Expand Catalogue at MIPCOM and MIPCOM Jr.
(Cannes- 2006 October) Santa Barbara based Foothill Entertainment, Inc. arrives in Cannes with a raft of new titles. The expanded Foothill catalogue includes several cutting edge CGI projects as well as classic animation and live-action educational programs.
Once again entering the MIPCOM Junior screenings, Foothill brings, among others, a brand new pilot produced by Malaysia's POV Studio for the Amazon based series created by UK's Phew!!TV Snapper; an animation cult classic Milton the Monster from legendary producer Hal Seeger as well as the live action educational series Kid Guides produced by Echo Entertainment. Foothill President, Jo Kavanagh-Payne, offered, "MIPCOM Junior was a tremendous market for us last year in terms of sales and we look to repeat that success this year." Foothill is also showcasing the very first production of multi-award winning UK studio Collingwood-O'Hare, Rarg. The Company has been successfully distributing the perennial Collingwood-O'Hare favorite, Animal Stories.
New to the market and also being screened at MIPCOM Junior is Space Clowns which follows the planet-hopping exploits of a zany group of intergalactic circus clowns who find themselves battling The Villainously Evil Ringmaster in a non-stop pie-in-the-face animated adventure that pokes fun at the entire sci-fi genre. This comedy action series is part of a new, broad based strategic relationship with Space Clowns producer, Vision Animation of Malaysia which is part of the Vision New Media group. Foothill has been chosen as the exclusive worldwide (ex. Asia) distributor for not only Space Clowns but also four additional Vision series. Bubble Town Club is a fun filled action packed underwater adventure series portraying the everyday life of the adorable sea creatures from the South China Sea's Coral Reef. DigiSquad follows Net, a computer whiz kid who unknowingly unleashes the most devastating computer virus ever, so it is up to him and his anti-virus friends to combat this evil, keeping our networks free of threats. The CGI series Microbe Patrol shadows four brave surgical soldiers who allow themselves to be shrunk to an infinitesimally small size in order to use quantum science to cure the world's most deadly diseases. Finally, Foothill will be seeking pre-sale partners for a Vision series called Solar Ice, a fantasy comedy-adventure about a pair of superhero twins, a wise guru and a motley group of monstrous villains, clashing in a surreal medieval setting.
Foothill continues to generate interest in the New Zealand-based Papageno Productions' award winning, live action pre-school series, The Dress Up Box which has already secured a video release in North America.
The Company continues to rack up international sales of the comedy adventure movie, Toy Warrior produced by Seoul Movie. Already sold to Jetix in the US and Cartoon Network in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India and Eastern Europe, the popular program has also been licensed to Germany, Turkey and the Middle East. Foothill is looking to close several more important distribution arrangements for this title at MIPCOM 2006.
Foothill Chairman Gregory Payne states, "We are really pleased with the new additions to our catalogue which has tremendously increased the breadth of our programming. We are particularly excited about the expanded relationship with Vision Animation which has a fabulously talented group of animators as well as a very sharp business orientation."
Founded in September 2000 by former DIC Entertainment executive vice president of business and legal affairs, Gregory Payne and Jo Kavanagh-Payne, former Link Television Entertainment, Inc senior vice president of U.S. operations, Foothill specializes in the co-development and distribution of children's and family entertainment programming. Their company is based in Santa Barbara, California.
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