CBBC and Canal+ get Twisted

Taffy sells CGI animation to France and the UK.
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Taffy Entertainment and American Greetings Properties have sold the broadcast rights to the CGI animation Twisted Whiskers to France's Canal+ and CBBC in the UK.

Now in production, Twisted Whiskers will target four to 12 year-olds and is scheduled for an early 2009 debut. The series includes 52 ten-minute episodes and 30-second shorts.

Produced by American Greetings Properties, Taffy and DQ Entertainment, in association with Mike Young Productions, the Twisted Whiskers animated series is based on the popular AG greetings card line featuring a 'twisted' bunch of cats and dogs.

"It's a testament to the strength of American Greetings Properties and the Twisted Whiskers brand that high profile broadcasters like Canal+ and BBC have signed on so early in the production process," said Lionel Marty, president of worldwide sales at Taffy.

"We have received interest from a number of major broadcasters and we anticipate new deals will be announced soon. This is a hilarious show with some of the most lovable and addictive characters."

Sean Gorman, VP of development and production at AG, added: "We see Twisted Whiskers as a 21st century extension of Looney Tunes in the sense that each segment is treated like a self-contained theatrical short where we mix and match a core group of strong and uniquely off-beat pet characters in a wide variety of scenarios."

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