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Turner Broadcasting Commissions New Live-Action and Animated Series Team Toon

FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES AND LARRY SCHWARZ AND HIS BAND TAKE TEAM TOON TO MIPTV

LONDON, 29 March 2012 – Turner Broadcasting today announced the commission of a new live-action and animation series Team Toon (26 x 30 minutes), which it is co-producing with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) and Larry Schwarz and His Band for Cartoon Network EMEA.

Turner Broadcasting has greenlit Team Toon for EMEA and Asia-Pacific where it will air on Cartoon Network, bolstering Turner’s live-action output across the regions. FME will manage the worldwide distribution of the TV series (outside of EMEA and Asia-Pacific) and handle all global ancillary rights.

Aimed at 6-11 year-olds, Team Toon is a unique combination of live-action with animation. The series follows the toon-infused adventures of Dylan, Sam, Iko and Ash, the creators of an animated online series Psycho Squirrel which plays at the start of each episode. When trouble strikes they let their imaginations run wild as Team Toon. As the gang races around town in their trusty talking Animobile solving mysteries and battling villains, they blur the line between reality and cartoon. Maybe their toon-infused adventures are real. Maybe they’re not. It really doesn’t matter to Team Toon as these kids take their play seriously. 

Cecilia Persson, Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, EMEA, Turner Broadcasting said, “Team Toon is an irresistibly creative and quirky series about kids interpreting their experiences through imagination and play. By putting on their “Toon Faces”, the characters are able to create cartoons in the real world, an imaginative premise sure to strike a chord with our audience. The show uses sophisticated production techniques, both in its mixed media format and its ‘show within a show’ concept and it will be an exciting addition to our live action line-up on Cartoon Network.”

Sander Schwartz, President, Kids & Family Entertainment, FME, said, "Team Toon is a fun, dynamic show with a unique mix of live-action and animation. The crazy irreverent comedic sensibility, innovativeness and eclectic characters of Team Toon resonates well with our target audience. It is fantastic to work with Larry Schwarz and His Band on one of its original comedies and we look forward to developing Team Toon into a hit kids’ property.”

Larry Schwarz, the creator of Team Toon, and President of Larry Schwarz and His Band, said, "Team Toon combines live action and animation, but at its heart, it's about a group of best friends and how they play together."

Team Toon joins FME’s growing portfolio of kids’ properties which include Max Steel, a high-octane, action-adventure CGI animated series; Really Me, a tween live action sitcom; and The Aquabats Super Show, a quirky comedy adventure that combines a hybrid of concert footage, live-action skits and animation.

Visit FremantleMedia Enterprises at MIPTV 2012 at Stand No. RB1 Riviera Beach, Palais du Festival, 1 - 4 April 2012.

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Notes to Editors:

About Turner Broadcasting 
Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) Europe currently broadcasts 18 channels in 26 languages in over 130 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Turner Broadcasting brands currently operating in the region include Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, CN Too, TNT, Boing, Adult Swim, TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and CNN International. In EMEA the company is at the forefront of innovation and development, with its brands available to audiences across the region via the web, VOD, DVD, gaming, mobile, merchandising, publishing and emerging platforms. Turner Broadcasting is a Time Warner company.

About FME Kids & Family Entertainment
FME Kids & Family Entertainment division was founded in 2009 and has quickly become a worldwide leader in the family entertainment business.  With 15 titles in production in collaboration with top producers on four continents, FME Kids & Family Entertainment is already one of the most prolific independent producers and distributors of content in the sector today. Its growing portfolio of content spans across four key genres: preschool, kids comedy, action/adventure and tween/teen fare. FME Kids & Family Entertainment is bringing to networks around the world innovative and exciting shows for television and new media platforms in live-action, 2D animation, CGI, stop-motion, puppetry and real-time animation with programming targeting demographics ranging in scope from preschool through high school.

About FremantleMedia Enterprises & FremantleMedia
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company, which is in turn 90 percent owned by Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's major media and entertainment companies. FremantleMedia’s worldwide production arm is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programmes. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the brand extension arm of FremantleMedia, offering a one-stop-shop for all Licensing, Distribution and Home Entertainment around the world. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia North America, UFA, FremantleMedia UK, FremantleMedia Australia and Original Productions amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating nearly 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and managing over 300 individual titles. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most sought after and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally, produces such programmes as: Idols (co-produced with 19 Productions in the US), Hole In The Wall, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Take Me Out, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, and Neighbours.

For more information please contact:
Mary Jones
Interim Sr. PR Manager
FremantleMedia Enterprises
Tel: 07795 507 286

Oliver Rawlins
VP Global Communications
FremantleMedia Enterprises
Tel: 07855 326 362

In London:
Jumana Rizwan
PR Manager
FremantleMedia Enterprises
Tel: 0207 691 6114 / 07775 035 317
Jumana.rizwan@fremantlemedia.com 

Yinka Akindele
Senior Press Officer
Turner Broadcasting
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7693 1105
Yinka.akindele@turner.com