Wednesday, June 12, 2013

France Underwrites Animation

From our friendly digital trade paper:

Coming off a year marked by budget cuts, France Televisions, Europe’s number one animation backer, highlighted its commitment to commissioning and financing toons during its annual presser at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

Last year, France Televisions injected Euros 29.5 million ($39.3 million) into animation, and co-produced 155 hours with indie players. It aired 4,200 hours of youth programming across its four channels and dedicated 67% of its airtime to in-house production. ...

“Among our many creative activities ..., animation ranks among the most rewarding to us,” said Remy Pflimlin, France Televisions CEO. ...

The pubcaster has also stacked up on U.S. toon skeins for its 2013-2014 slate. New pickups include “Dragon Riders of Berk” from DreamWorks Animation; “The Tom & Jerry Show” from Warner Bros./Renegade Animation; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” from Nickelodeon Animation Studio; and “Ultimate Spider-Man” from Marvel Animation. ...

Of course, $39.3 million wouldn't pay for lunches and snacks at DreamWorks, Pixar, and Diz Co., but apparently the French get a lot of mileage out of the money.

And it's nice that France's public network is loading up on American cartoons. Sharing the wealth is a good thing, yes?

1 comments:

Christopher Sobieniak said...

At least someone in Europe understands.

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