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US: Jungle Book animated series makes Spanish debut

3D CGI animated TV series will air on Spanish language network Univision; show follows Kipling's character Mowgli, Baloo and more.
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The Jungle Book is ready to make its Spanish debut, as the new 3D CGI animated TV series joins Univision Network's Planeta U in the US.

In a deal secured by DQE, producer and global rights owner of the animated series and SMC Entertainment Group, 26 half hour episodes will air on the US Spanish language TV network.

Reaching 96 per cent of US Hispanic households, Univision Network is the country's most watched Spanish language network, and Planeta U is a three-hour block dedicated to children's programming.

The Jungle Book series will air on the channel at 9am on Saturdays.

Alberto Ciruana, president of programming and content, Univision Networks, said: "The Jungle Book TV series, inspired by the classic story of Rudyard Kipling, is a great addition to our Planeta U children's programming block and builds on our commitment to inform and entertain our audiences.

"We hope the series brings joy to our audiences in the US as the enduring classic tale has done around the world."

The series features recognised characters Mowgli, Baloo. Bagheera and Kaa along with Mowgli's enemy the royal tiger, Sher Khan.

Tapaas Chakravati, chairman and CEO of DQ Entertainment Group, said: "The deal has great strategic significance as this validates DQ's constant pursuit to reach diverse audiences and markets.

"We are delighted that Univision will be showcasing The Jungle Book on its Planeta U programming block for children.

"The 3D series has already become hugely popular in countries where it has started airing. We remain hugely optimistic that the popularity of this iconic property will only gain further momentum in future."

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