PGS ENTERTAINMENT SECURES WORLDWIDE MEDIA RIGHTS FOR NEW
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS TV SERIES
FROM BAGDASARIAN PRODUCTIONS AND GENAO PRODUCTIONS
PGS TO REPRESENT THE NEW CGI SERIES IN ALL TERRITORIES OUTSIDE THE U.S. AND FRANCE
PARIS -- 20 August, 2013 -- (Virtual Press Office) -- International brand manager PGS Entertainment has secured worldwide media rights, excluding the U.S. and France, from Bagdasarian Productions for the forthcoming ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks television series (52 X 11mins). Hot off their trilogy of successful theatrical films, Alvin, Simon and Theodore will have their first television series in 20 years. The highly-anticipated series from Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian will be presented for the first time in CGI and feature The Chipettes and all new, original songs.
"Janice has created a show that I feel is the best thing we've ever done. We can't wait to share it with our fans around the world," exclaimed Ross Bagdasarian, CEO and Owner, Bagdasarian Productions.
The Chipmunk tradition of family-oriented entertainment began in 1958 when Ross Bagdasarian Sr. created his overnight sensation "The Chipmunk Song," which sold a phenomenal 4.5 million records in seven weeks and has gone on to become one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. The Chipmunks first appeared on television in 1961 with The Alvin Show, which was one of the first prime-time animated television series to air on national television. After Ross Sr.'s sudden death in 1972, his son Ross Bagdasarian, and his wife, Janice Karman, sought to carry on The Chipmunk tradition.
In 1981 Alvin and The Chipmunks appeared in their first prime-time television special, A Chipmunk Christmas. The popularity of that special led to their #1 Saturday morning series from 1983-1991. Not only did this series feature Alvin, Simon and Theodore, but it introduced for the first time their female counterparts The Chipettes -- Brittany, Eleanor and Jeanette. Created by Janice Karman as a way to bring a feminine point of view to the characters, The Chipettes have provided additional success for the television episodes, albums, merchandise and feature films. More million-selling albums and direct-to-video releases followed.
Blockbuster movie success came in 2007 when Ross and Janice produced a new feature film, Alvin and The Chipmunks, for Fox. Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked followed. Together, the three films have generated nearly $2 billion.
"It is an honor to represent the largest independent kids brand in the world. The Chipmunks are the number one family property and number one characters for kids 6 to 12," said Philippe Soutter, Co-founder and President, PGS Entertainment. "The new series produced by Bagdasarian Productions and Genao Productions will really surprise people. It's stunning in CGI and the original music is fantastic. We look forward to introducing the series to broadcasters at Mipcom this fall."
The new animated series ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks brings us on a rollercoaster ride of music, laughter and universal stories geared to entertain The Chipmunks' four generations of fans . Presented on television for the first time in CGI, the series takes on a sophisticated look, featuring ground-breaking animation and a new, original song in every episode.
"We are delighted to be working with Bagdasarian Productions," commented Boris Hertzog and Sandrine Nguyen, Managing Directors and Executive Producers, Genao Productions. "The Chipmunks are the #1 family property - beloved by four generations of fans. We are looking forward to producing a terrific series."
ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks will premiere in early 2015.
ALVINNN! AND THE CHIPMUNKS PRODUCER FILE:
- Name of Series: ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS
- Production Partners: BAGDASARIAN PRODUCTIONS, GENAO PRODUCTIONS
- Created By: Janice Karman
- Executive Producers: Ross Bagdasarian, Janice Karman, Sandrine Nguyen, Boris Hertzog
- Original Songs By: Bagdasarian Productions
ABOUT BAGDASARIAN PRODUCTIONS
A leading producer of high-quality, family-oriented programming, Bagdasarian Productions, helmed by Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman, is best known for its creation and oversight of Alvin and The Chipmunks, The Chipettes, and other related characters. Originally created in 1958, The Chipmunks are presently one of the biggest family franchises with a multi-generational, international following.
ABOUT GENAO PRODUCTIONS
Headed up by Boris Hertzog and Sandrine Nguyen since 2008, Genao has made a name for itself as one of the leading producers of French animation by producing seven series in 3 years:" Linus & Boom," "Gnark," "Monk," "Fish & Chips," "Scary Larry," "Mini Wolf" and "Xiaolin Chronicles".
In order to further strengthen its roots in animation, the company recently acquired the audiovisual adaptation rights to the celebrated comic strip published by the Delcourt Publishing Company « Les Légendaires » and pursues many ongoing ventures as well as currently developing unscripted programs and fiction for kids and family.
ABOUT PGS ENTERTAINMENT:
PGS Entertainment: Managing Iconic Brands for Kids and Family
PGS Entertainment is a leading international brand management company dedicated to kids and family content and targeting the entertainment fields of broadcast, home entertainment, digital, licensing and merchandising.
PGS Entertainment specializes in high profile programs for kids and family viewing and handles a catalogue of over 1,000 half hours of programming. The catalogue includes internationally acclaimed properties from Method Animation (Ladybug, Heroes United, Robin Hood—Mischief in Sherwood, The Little Prince, Chaplin and Co, Iron Man: Armored Adventures); A Squared Entertainment (Stan Lee's Mighty 7, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, Secret KidVenture Club, Martha and Friends, Gisele and The Green Team); TAT Productions (The Jungle Bunch, Spike), Nerd Corps Entertainment (League of Super Evil); Samka (Marsupilami Hoobah Hoobah Hop!); Studio Hari (Leon, Gees); Prod Par 4 (One Minute Before); La Station Animation (Mister Otter) and others to come.
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