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Foothill Options Raz & Benny, Expands Alliance with Odyssey Pictures
Press Release from Foothill Entertainment
Santa Barbara, CA - February 1st, 2011 - Foothill Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has optioned the rights to the animated children's comedy series "Raz & Benny" from Simon Hodgkiss of SphDigital, UK. Creative development and marketing of the property will be financed by Odyssey Pictures Corporation, a strategic partner of Foothill.
Targeting the 6-9 year old audience, "Raz & Benny" is the ultimate buddy comedy with a healthy dose of dazzling hijinks and death-defying stunts; it is the tale of two little mice whose ambitions are bigger than their brains, but whose good luck is as endless as their friendship.
This deal marks the expansion of a strategic co-development deal between Foothill and Odyssey that was forged in November of 2010 for joint product development, financing and key sales activities. The initial projects to be co-developed by the two companies were "Gunk Aliens" and "My Momtourage and Me." As part of the growing relationship, Foothill will be representing three of Odyssey's titles for international distribution: "Kings of France", "Vauban" and "On the Farm." Odyssey and Foothill will also be jointly exhibiting at the upcoming MIPTV market at Cannes in April of this year.
"It's very exciting to have a supportive partner like Odyssey which understands the importance of the development process," stated Foothill Entertainment's President Jo Kavanagh-Payne. "Dynamic alliances like this are propelling Foothill to new levels of growth."
"I'm pleased to see our relationship with Foothill becoming so robust," remarked Odyssey's CEO John Foster. "This partnership is proving to be a real benefit to us in terms our involvement in quality projects and leveraging our reach to global markets."
About Foothill Entertainment
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.
About Odyssey Pictures Corporation - Initially an entertainment company focusing on financing and distribution of first run feature films, Odyssey has adapted its business model to become a diversified media/marketing services company. The company's lines of business now encompass branding & marketing, IPTV digital delivery technologies and producer's representative service. Odyssey's producer's representative service provides an extensive suite of sales and marketing services to independent filmmakers seeking to gain traction in the international distribution and rights markets. These services include international sales, contract negotiation, marketing materials, strategic planning and completion financing. http://odysseypix.com/