INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED CHILDREN’S BOOK CATLANTIS TO BECOME ANIMATED SERIES
FREDERATOR STUDIOS, TEAM BEHIND MEGA-HITS SUCH AS NETFLIX’S CASTLEVANIA AND CARTOON NETWORK’S ADVENTURE TIME TO DEVELOP SHOW BASED ON BELOVED TALE BY AWARD-WINNING RUSSIAN AUTHOR ANNA STAROBINETS
February 27, 2018—It’s purr-fection. Frederator Studios, A WOW! Unlimited Media company, announced today that it has acquired rights to develop and pitch an animated series based on the universally adored and critically acclaimed children’s book CATLANTIS, by Russian novelist and children’s book author Anna Starobinets. Selected as a children’s book of the year, by both The Telegraph and The Observer, who also called it, “Madcap and Highly Original,” the highly cat-tivating tale will be story edited by Brydie Lee-Kennedy (The Amazing World of Gumball, Bravest Warriors).
Eric Homan, Vice President of Development at Frederator Studios, says, “Anna’s work has not only an enchanting story with wonderful charm, but also, by good luck, cats. We’re working hard to build a crack team to make the cartoon adaption of CATLANTIS just as special.”
The epic adventure of THE ODYSSEY mixed with the eclectically delightful characters of THE CANTERBURY TALES, CATLANTIS follows Baguette, a loafing house cat, who must travel back through time to complete a true hero’s task in order to marry the love of his life and restore peace to the ancient fabled city of Catlantis. Since it debuted in 2015, the book has accrued numerous fans and accolades across the globe.
CATLANTIS is only the latest project from Frederator Studios, founded in 1998 by former Hanna-Barbera president, Fred Seibert. The studio is also behind major hits such as Butch Hartman’s The Fairly OddParents on Nickeloden, Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, and Netflix’s Castlevania.
Anna Starobinets is an acclaimed, award-winning Russian novelist, children’s author, scriptwriter and journalist. She is perhaps best known as a writer of dystopian, metaphysical and horror novels and short stories, and has been called “the Russian Queen of Horror.” CATLANTIS is her second children’s book.
CATLANTIS and Anna Staroninets are represented by Natasha Banke and Julia Gumen at Banke, Goumen & Smirnova literary agency in Sweden. Brydie Lee-Kennedy is represented by Katie Langridge at Knight Hall Agency.
About Frederator Studios
Frederator Studios makes cartoons for television and the Internet. It was in founded in 1998 by serial media entrepreneur, and former Hanna-Barbera president, Fred Seibert, as a unique incubator for big animation ideas by producing original cartoons. More than 250 short films have resulted in 25 hit series for television and the Internet, including Butch Hartman’s The Fairly OddParents on Nickelodeon, Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time on Cartoon Network and Bravest Warriors, as well as Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat, on Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover Select Channel on VRV. Frederator Studios is currently also in production on Castlevania for Netflix, from the video game series from Konami, as well as Costume Quest for Amazon.
About WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.
WOW Unlimited Media Inc., formerly Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., is creating a leading next-generation kids and youth animation business by focusing on digital platforms and content. The company’s key assets include: the world’s #1 digital animation network (Frederator Networks), the world’s first Hispanic animation network (Átomo Network, a joint venture with Ánima Estudios), one of Canada’s largest, multi-faceted animation production studios (Rainmaker Entertainment), one of the most successful U.S.-based independent animation production company of the past 20 years (Frederator Studios) and multiple owned and operated VOD channels on digital platforms, including its latest launch of Cartoon Hangover Select on Ellation Media’s VRV platform. The company operates out of offices in Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Los Angeles, and is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V: RNK.A and RNK.B).
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