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FremantleMedia Enterprises Announces World Tour For Grojband

MIPCOM, 9 OCTOBER 2012: FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) today announced a series of international TV deals for the kids’ comedy series about a wannabe rock band, Grojband.  The 52 x 11 minutes animation is a TELETOON Original Production by Fresh TV. FME manages the worldwide (excluding Canada) TV distribution, home entertainment and brand licensing rights for the series.

New buyers cover major territories including France (Lagadère), Italy (Switchover Media), Australia (ABC) and Latin America (Cartoon Network). These acquisitions follow the announcement earlier this year that Cartoon Network USA became the US broadcast partner for the series.

Delivering catchy tunes and big laughs, Grojband is geared towards kids 6-11 years of age. The series follows cool-as-a-cucumber Corey and his three best friends as they struggle to rocket their garage band to international stardom. When they realize 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.

Sander Schwartz, President, FME Kids & Family Entertainment, commented, “The characters in Grojband may not be the best musicians in the world but they there are set for international superstardom nonetheless! We’re delighted that international broadcasters are lining up to acquire the series for its blend of unique styling, cool characters and catchy music.” 

Grojband was developed by Fresh TV in association with TELETOON Canada Inc. and is distributed by 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.

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About FremantleMedia and FremantleMedia Enterprises
FremantleMedia is one of the leading creators and producers of television entertainment brands in the world. FremantleMedia is part of RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, which is in turn 92 percent owned by the international media company Bertelsmann. 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, Ludia, and Original Productions, amongst others) has operations in 22 countries, one of the most comprehensive global networks, creating over 9,200 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 and the US), Take Me Out, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, and Neighbours.

Fresh TV is a world leader in creating and producing family entertainment. This award-winning multi-media company set new audience delivery records when the Total Drama Island finale was the #1 telecast in Cartoon Network’s history and the series itself served as the anchor to Cartoon Network’s prime time comedy franchise HAR HAR THARSDAYS. 

Founded by Emmy-winning producers Tom McGillis, Jennifer Pertsch, George Elliott and Brian Irving, Fresh TV finances, develops and produces animated and live-action television that powerfully connects to the interests, influences and enthusiasm of tween and teen audiences around the world. Fresh TV eats, sleeps and breathes to create television young people will love to watch right now.  Current Fresh productions include the Total Drama franchise, 6teen, Stoked and the live action feature, My Babysitter's a Vampire. Fresh TV offers the services of world-renowned animation studio Elliott Animation which provides a full range of 2D, 3D-CGI and 2D Flash animation production services for major North American clients from its studios in Toronto and Hamilton, Canada.

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For more information please contact:
Belinda Thomas
Sr. PR Manager          
FremantleMedia Enterprises  
Tel: 0207 7691 6911

Valerie Taylor
Publicity Consultant, Kids & Family Entertainment, FremantleMedia Enterprises 
Tel : 07889 666594