Technicolor, Nerd Corps Entertainment and A Stark Production have teamed up to create new CG-animated series, The Deep.
Under this partnership, A Stark Production and Nerd Corps Entertainment will serve as co-production partners, and Technicolor will serve as the exclusive international distributor (excluding Canada where Nerd Corps will distribute, and Australia and New Zealand where A Stark Production will distribute).
The Deep has been commissioned by Australia’s ABC Television and The Seven Network, and has been pre-sold to Germany’s Super RTL for its territories.
The Deep is based on the international hit graphic novel series created by multi-award-winning best-selling comic book author and playwright Tom Taylor and follows a family of underwater explorers.
A Stark Production is handling pre-production and music for The Deep, including designs, scripts and storyboards while Nerd Corps Entertainment is responsible for animation production. Technicolor is managing the global broadcast rollout of the series and developing brand extension licensing opportunities.
“The combined talents of A Stark Production and Nerd Corps Entertainment are a creative powerhouse capable of delivering a spectacular animated adventure series,” said Alison Warner, VP, IP sales, acquisitions and co-productions at Technicolor.
“To have attracted such a high-caliber European broadcast partner as Super RTL speaks to the uniqueness of this incredibly imaginative project, and we are anticipating an enthusiastic response from potential television partners around the world when we meet with them at MIPJunior and MIPCOM.”
Asaph Fipke, CEO and founder of Nerd Corps, added: “The unique blend of undersea adventures, science and family dynamics make The Deep a fantastic property, and we’re thrilled to be working with such great partners as A Stark Production and Technicolor."
Avrill Stark, CEO and executive producer at A Stark Production, continued: “Nerd Corps Entertainment is the final piece of the puzzle that will catapult The Deep into the next vital stage of development and production.
"With ABC and The Seven Network commissioning the series, we have incredible broadcast partners already in Australia, and with strong demand from the global market, it’s all systems go now.”