Breaking ground, for what is planned to be the first SA / Ireland animated TV series Co Production.
Cartoon Forum: A Pitching & co-pro event – Animated TV series 15 – 18 Sep 15 -Toulouse (France).
Cape Town-based Zeropoint Studios’ creative producer, Wendy Spinks, was invited to pitch her 2D animated TV series with co-production partners Monster Entertainment from Ireland at this prestigious event.
Ellabie is one of 70 projects being pitched at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse this year, a first for a South African co production. Cartoon Forum is a European pitching & co-pro forum for animated TV projects. For 3 days, producers have the opportunity to pitch their project in front of 850 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 30 countries. Since its creation in 1990, 594 series found financing, representing a total budget of 2 billion EUR. On average, more than one project out of three presented at Cartoon Forum secures financing and enters into production, giving Ellabie strong odds of success. An Irish / SA animated co production is another first for SA.
“Ellabie exemplifies all that the South African animation industry is building towards: world class production value and partnerships with international distributors and co-producers. The first ever animation co-production between South Africa and Ireland comes on the back of phenomenally hard work and resilience. It gives me (and the members of Animation South Africa) untold pleasure to see this project reach its fruition, ” says Nick Wilson, Chair of the Export Missions Committee, Animation South Africa.
Ellabie “Let’s make it happily ever after!” is a 52 x 11 minute animated adventure series for 3-6 year-olds, built on the idea that fun, creative story telling makes anything possible.
Creator and producer Wendy Spinks heads up Cape Town’s Zeropoint Studios, which focuses on creating and producing youth content and IP; actively developing ideas, animated TV series, trans media and digital content for global youth brands aimed at multi platforms.
Ireland’s Monster Entertainment, headed up by Andrew Fitzpatrick, produces and distributes programmes into over 200 countries. Monster Entertainment won the Cartoon Award for Investor/ Distributor of the Year in 2012.
“Monster Entertainment, took Ellabie on board a few years back and we have been developing the series together with support from Creative Europe Media, The Irish Film Board and the NFVF in South Africa as a co production,” says Spinks. “We look forward to bringing Ellabie to Cartoon Forum, and in the near future, to the world.”