Sigh. It looks like good things are coming to Rainbow studios as they are being awashed with new cartoon productions.
"Grünwald, Munich, 1st December 2009 - The Grünwald-based brand management and media company m4e AG gives the green light for the start of production of the TV series YOKO, MO & ME. The series emerges in co-production between the Italian production studio Rainbow S.p.A. (among others 'Winx Club', 'Huntik'), the Canadian animation studio March Entertainment (among others 'Dex Hamilton', 'Playmobil CGI Movies') and Lucky Punch, a joint venture between Professor Gerhard Hahn and m4e AG in Grünwald. Gerhard Hahn, founder and chief executive of Hahn Film AG in Berlin (among others 'Asterix in America', 'Bibi Blocksberg'), will be acting as executive producer. Negotiations with a German TV channel as a further co-producer will shortly be completed. More information on this will be made known soon.
This fantasy-adventure, whose production budget stands at around 12 million US dollars, will be elaborately produced at a number of locations in HD-quality and is a mixture of real film and CGI animation. The TV premiere of the first season with 26 episodes of 24 minutes each is planned for 2011. A second season with a further 26 episodes is already being planned."
Published earlier this year on April 18 was that a German company called m4e have signed a five-year production contract with Rainbow, meaning that m4e also has rights to Winx Club now.
"German media firm signs five-year co-production deal with Italian animation studio.
The relationship between Italian animation studio Rainbow S.p.A and German brand management and media company, m4e, has been extended - with the two firms signing a new five-year volume and co-production deal.
The agreement gives m4e the rights to the next season of Winx Club, as well as the new animated TV show [Pop?] Pixie which is based on the characters from Winx Club.
m4e will manage all rights including TV, home entertainment, merchandising, publishing and promotions. On top of this, the firm also has the first look rights to Rainbow's new shows over the next few years, with m4e guaranteeing to acquire at least one show per year on a pre-sale basis.
Meanwhile, m4e and Rainbow will also co-produce at least one show every two years, beginning with a new development scheduled for delivery at the start of 2010.
"For many years we are enjoying a very close and trustful relationship with Rainbow," said Hans Ulrich Stoef, CEO of m4e. "It is only a logical step for us to strengthen this relationship.""
Makes one wonder whether or not the movie and season five animation will change drastically because of this contract, no? And for better or for worst?