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Content Canada 2019

MDA to invest $13m in animation

MIPTV: Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA) made its second major announcement in as many days today in Cannes, revealing it is investing in new international animation worth S$19m (US$13.5m) over five years.

Producers from Canada, France and Taiwan will all benefit from the collaborations, which will be coproduced by Singaporean animation house Scrawl Studios. MDA will act as a co-investor.

Initially Scrawl will hook up with CCI Entertainment (Canada), in association with Coolframes Digiworks (Taiwan), on 3D series Almost Extinct, and with Planet Nemo Animation (France) on 2D series Hunter The Wereboy. Another three projects will be revealed at a later date.

Scrawl, which made its name as producer of Nanoboy, Milly Molly and Silly Bitty Bunny, said its inclusion on the project would allow it to “significantly accelerate several coproductions in original animation content, and at the same time develop high-value production capabilities to engage with major international partners and broadcasters, including in North America, Europe, as well as Asia and, in particular, China.”

At what has been an eventful MipTV for Singaporean animation, the MDA yesterday announced it had joined forces with FremantleMedia Enterprises to launch the International Animation Fund, which will see it offer international producers up to S$5m for new projects.

MDA’s funding initiatives have helped Singaporean producers to initiate partnerships with international companies in genres such as animation and factual, and seen the resulting content air on networks such as Discovery and the BBC.

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