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Euro-Canadian toon deals for SIP

MIP NEWS – French animation house SIP has lined up four new animated kids series for 2003 – two for immediate production, two for development for 2004 – plus high-profile pilot W.I.T.C.H.

Work is due to start on The Tofus (52×11'), a toon about two children dealing with their New Age parents. France3, the UK's CiTV, Teletoon in Canada and Fox Kids Europe are partnering up for the show, which will go to air next year.

Also set for production is series two of What's With Andy (26×30'), an animated series which debuted on Teletoon in Canada and Fox Family in the US in autumn 2001. Canada's Cinegroupe has teamed up with SIP, Fox Kids France and Europe and Germany's Super RTL for the show, about the world's biggest practical joker.

SIP also has two unnamed projects in development for Fox Kids, one 2D toon and the other a 2D/3D mixture. So far French broadcaster TF1 has come onboard for the 2D project. Both will be unveiled at Mipcom.

Lastly, SIP is about to take a pilot of W.I.T.C.H into production. After buying rights to the Italian comic book series of the same name, SIP hopes to secure presales with a US broadcaster for an eventual 52×26' series off the back of the pilot.

Following five normal girls who have magical powers and fight evil in a parallel universe, the show will cost $350k per episode.

SIP's deputy md Olivier Dumont today confirmed that two German, two UK, three French and two Italian broadcasters are already in negotiations for a copro deal.

SIP (fka Saban International Paris) will carry out pre- and post-production in France, while production will take place in Asia.

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