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Marathon and Chorion are proud to announce the co-production of the New Famous Five series with France 3


04/12/2007

Marathon, producer and distributor of the hit TV series Totally Spies!, Marsupilami, Martin Mystery and Team Galaxy, and Chorion Ltd, brand owners of the Famous Five, Noddy and Mr Men, today announced it had partnered with France 3 to produce a new animated adaptation of the Famous Five series. Disney Europe will also make up part of the co-production team. The new 26 x 22 min episodes focus on the children of the original Famous Five characters. They will preserve the successful ingredients of the original series – such as the themes of mystery, adventure and friendship – while ensuring the stories remain vivid and relevant to a new generation. The Famous Five have been a global phenomenon since their creation by Enid Blyton in 1942. As Le Club des Cinq, the Five have also proved especially successful in France, where they have been published as part of Hachette’s prestigious children’s imprint, Bibliothèque Rose, since the 1950s. Vincent Chalvon Demersay and David Michel, co-producers of Marathon Media say: “After Team Galaxy and the Marsupilami, we are deighted to be working with France 3 once again. The new Famous Five has all the right elements to ensure it too becomes a formidable success.” Julien Borde, France 3, says: “We are very glad to take part in the first animated adaptation of a literary work that is so deeply rooted in the French consciousness. Chorion's know-how, combined with the creativity of Marathon Media will make this series an exclusive event that both children and parents can share on France 3. With this brand new series, France 3, the #1 European animation partner, will reinforce its universal appeal among children aged 6 to 12. Toowan is more than ever a must-see kids TV program!” Nicholas James, Chief Executive, Chorion Ltd, says: “The Famous Five have been enthralling young readers for generations. We are delighted to now have key broadcaster France 3 as a co-production partner on this exciting new animated TV series. This partnership will ensure that the Famous Five will continue to be a firm favourite with young people in France for many years to come.” The Famous Five is a co-production of Marathon / Chorion / France 3 and Disney Europe.