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MIPCOM highlights



09/14/2004


Drama series for teens :

15 LOVE - new episodes currently in production.
40 X 26 min. (26 completed episodes + 14 new episodes in production)
15 Love puts an irreverent spin on the sassy world of Junior Tennis. It's a drama about coming-of-age in a unique, high-pressure environment. Set in Quebec's picturesque Eastern Townships, the series follows a group of young hopefuls at the internationally renowned Cascadia Tennis Academy, where they live, love, laugh, fight, cry and dream their way through adolescence.
The new stories have more than their fair share of comedy and humor. As in season 1, the themes of love and friendship, set in a competitive environment strewn with life-determining decisions, will remain prevalent.

Cast: Laurence Lebœuf, Meaghan Rath, Jaclyn Linetsky, Max Walker, Vadim Schneider, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Charles Powell, Thierry Ashanti, David Schaap
Created by Derek Schreyer & Karen Troubetzkoy / Directed by Paolo Barzman, Craig Pryce & Graeme Lynch
Marathon / Galafilm / Telefactory / YTV / France 2



Animation


MARTIN MYSTERY - new season currently in production.
66 half-hours.
Created by Vincent Chalvon Demersay and David Michel. Directed by Stéphane Berry.
MARTIN MYSTERY is a dripping goo-fest of slime, thrills and comedy, starring Martin and Diana: two mismatched teenagers with hilariously opposite personalities on a mission to investigate the weirdest paranormal enigmas and the slimiest creatures from beyond.
Already sold to Disney Asia, Nickelodeon Latin America or Fox Kids Europe, Martin Mystery is the new series brought to you by the team who created the worldwide success Totally Spies.
2004 - A Marathon / M6 / Rai co-production.


TOTALLY SPIES - 4th season in production.
104 half-hour episodes of fast-paced comedy and high-energy action starring three Beverley Hills teens who unwittingly become international secret agents. The girls must manage to combine their schoolgirl priorities (getting homework done on time or finding the right dress for Friday's dance) with their spy duties - battling with outlandish super-villains and saving the world!
Sold in more than 100 countries, the series airs on major channels: Cartoon Network US (with 3 millions young viewers each day), TF1 (Totally Spies is the Number one animated program in France), Channel 4 (best performing cartoon) PRO 7, Mediaset Rete Italia, Disney Asia, Nickelodeon Australia, Fox Kids Europe, TV Tokyo, Cartoon Network Japon.
Totally Spies : now more than 100 licensees worldwide.
www.totallyspies.com has exceeded 10 million visits and more than 200 million hits since April 2002. The site has recorded more than 260% growth in 2003 !
Created by Vincent Chalvon Demersay & David Michel. Directed by Stéphane Berry.
Children's documentary series :

TIME FOR FUN
26 X 13 minutes
2004 - Marathon / Pixcom / Ma Planète / Cap Canal / TFO
Children around the world show us what pastimes they enjoy doing when the final school bell has rung. In each episode, a child will let us participate in the leisure activities and games that are an integral part of his or her culture. We'll have a look at creative activities and art and craft work, for children aged between 8 and 12.
Time for Fun will give young viewers a greater understanding of leisure activities in 26 countries around the world.

THIS IS MY COUNTRY
52 X 13 minutes
2004 - Marathon / Pixcom / Ma Planète / TFO / Cap Canal
This series will allow children to discover countries around the world through the eyes of a local child who will act as our guide. Concentrating on the most unique and unusual aspects of each location, we will be looking at the various different symbols, at the flag, the language, the currency, the country's climate and geography, historical and political references, and lifestyle.
THIS IS MY COUNTRY will give children a chance to discover and identify countries all over the globe in order to gain a better understanding of the world around us.


WEATHER'S WONDERS
26 X 5 min.
Directed by Charles-Antoine de Rouvre.
2004 - Marathon / Ma Planète
WEATHER'S WONDERS introduce children to the diversity of our planet's natural environments and climates. The series describe their principal characteristics and explain the formation and 'lifespan' of various weather phenomena, giving a clear view of their effects on fauna, flora, and how they can alter landscapes and the lifestyles of their inhabitants.


WEIRD AND SCARY ANIMALS
26 X 5 min. © 2004 / Marathon
The contrasts and differences within animal world never cease to amaze! Weird and Funny Animals explores a variety of themes easily identifiable to children to explore the habits, gestures, reactions, behaviors and reflexes of different animals, and take a light and fun look at what sets them apart from the rest.

One-Hour Documentaries :


KIZU : THE UNTOLD STORY OF UNIT 731

52'
Written and directed by Serge Viallet. A Marathon/France 2 co-production
KIZU: THE UNTOLD STORY OF UNIT 731 explores one of the darkest spots in Japanese history. Emmy Award Nominee Serge Viallet enables the witnesses and survivors to break their 60 year long silence and recount the atrocities carried out in Manchuria by this unthinkable Special Unit who "experimented" on living human beings.

Wildlife

A LIFE TAILING TIGERS
52 min. Directed by François Savigny. A Marathon / Canal +/ Planete co-production
We follow François Savigny and Fateh Singh Rathore, two renowned tiger experts who have devoted their lives to studying, photographing and protecting the Bengali tiger. They invite us to help solve the mysteries of this species faced with extinction. We will discover several facets of the biggest and strongest of all felines (a difficult animal to observe in the wild) which, to this day, has benefited from little scientific research.

LITTLE SAKI'S MONKEYS
52 min. Directed by Antoine Lassaigne. A Marathon / Canal +/ Planete co-production
On the Japanese island of Awajishima, members of a local family have devoted their lives to an endangered community of wild snow monkeys. These amusing creatures live harmoniously in cooperative groups and avoid the usual bickering, typical of most monkey clans. Saki, a 4 years old little girl, shares her daily life with these fascinating primates. We follow her in a touching and memorable experience!

LOST AMONG THE RHINOS
52 min.Written and directed by Delphine Brémond. A Marathon / Canal +/ Planete co-production
Bernd and Erika's priority is to save the black rhinoceros, a highly endangered species. Saving the black rhino entails protecting the whole ecosystem of the Namibian desert where the rhinos roam. This couple and their 3 years old daughter live in an unusual environment which is both rich and harsh.

THE HIPPO, AFRICA'S KING OF THE RIVER
52 min. Directed by Sylvie Bergerot & Eric Robert
A Marathon / Animal Planet / Canal + / Planète co-production
Through exclusive and spectacular footage, we'll follow a hippo herd over the course of an African year. We'll observe a hippo's life underwater and his nightly escapades on land. We'll try to understand his social behavior and learn more about the daily events that bind a herd together - from giving birth and dying to protecting offspring from predators or just playing in the river.