12 June 2012: FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) today announced a new distribution deal with Cartoon Network, for the US broadcast rights to the animated comedy series, Grojband.
Grojband follows Corey and his three best friends, Laney and twin brothers Kin and Kon, as they work to propel their garage band to international stardom. The band soon realizes that their lack of lyrical creativity is the only thing stopping them from making it big. Corey hits the jackpot when he stumbles upon the diary of his drama-queen older sister Trina. Her diary provides the best inspirational lyrics for the band.
Corey and his band plot to steal Trina’s diary in order to write new songs. But to keep the diary drama-filled, Corey needs to ensure his sister’s life remains an emotional roller coaster. If they can accomplish all of that, then BINGO – another sweet hit is born!
FME manages the worldwide (excluding Canada) TV distribution, home entertainment and brand licensing rights for the series.
Bob Higgins, EVP of FME Kids & Family Entertainment, commented, “With its mix of unique visual styling, memorable characters, catchy music and hilarious gags, we think Grojband will be an outstanding contribution to Cartoon Network’s line-up.”
Grojband was developed by Fresh TV in association with TELETOON Canada Inc. and is distributed by FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME). The series is created by Todd Kauffman and co-directed by Kauffman and Mark Thornton. Executive Producers are Tom McGillis, Jennifer Pertsch, Brian Irving and George Elliott, as well as FME’s Sander Schwartz and Bob Higgins. Associate Producer is Robin McLeod.
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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.
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