Classic Media Signs Deals Across Central and Eastern Europe

Classic Media has signed a raft of new deals across Central and Eastern Europe for several of its titles. Preschool series Tinga Tinga Tales and Guess with Jess have both been acquired in Hungary (MTVA) and Russia (Channel One Russia’s children’s channel, Karusel). Postman Pat now has complete coverage across all major markets in the region, in addition to launches with Czech TV (Czech Republic) and Orlando

Kids (Ex-Yugoslavia). Nan and Lili and Little Red Tractor have both been acquired by Voxell across CIS. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, and Voltron: Defenders of the Universe will air in Russia as part of 2×2 Channel’s retro slot. The channel has also acquired the CBBC’s comedy shorts, OOglies.

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Relativity Media Options for Voltron Movie Rights

A live-action adaptation of 1984 animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe is slated to hit the big screen. Relativity Media announced that the studio has optioned the feature film rights for Voltron from World Event Productions. The project was brought to Relativity through its deal with Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, whose company will shepherd the project.

The live-action film will be produced by Roven (The Dark Knight) and Suckle (The International), along with Kickstart Entertainment’s Jason Netter (Wanted). World Events Productions’ Ted Koplar (Voltron Force) will executive produce. The script is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara). World Events Productions was represented in the deal by UTA.

Voltron’s First-Ever Panel Presentation at Comic-Con

Voltron, the 1980s robot-themed television show franchise, is making a comeback this year and is also making its first-ever panel presentation at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego. The presentation will be made in the Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel on July 21 at 6 p.m.

The hour-long event will be moderated by Carrie Keagan, host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live. Joining Keagan will be Senior Vice President of Nicktoons Keith Dawkins as well as Voltron’s Jeremy Corray (supervising producer), Brandon Thomas (comic book writer), and many other artists, producers, and designers who are behind the Voltron world.

After the event, fans will have the opportunity to take a picture with a giant Voltron figure. Also, there will be an autograph signing with participating major talent and executives.

Voltron: A Colossal Blast from the Past

The 80s are back. On August 16, Classic Media, in collaboration with World Events Productions (WEP), will release the DVD Voltron: The Legend Begins, containing all original seven episodes of the classic 80s animated series, Voltron: Defender of the Universe. This release is just in time to develop a fan base for the debut of Voltron Force, which will debut on Nicktoons later this year.

Voltron: The Legend Begins follows a team of space explorers who try to find keys to unlock five mythical robot lions on the plant of Arus in order to defeat the giant Robeast monsters, created by an evil witch Haggar, who are destroying the planet. If the team finds all the lions, they will combine together to form the robot Voltron: Defender of the Universe, who is the only hope in defeating Haggar and King Zarkon.

The 180-minute DVD also contains plenty of bonus features that takes a look into what made the original series so successful.

Voltron Video Games, Series, and Toys

Voltron is returning to defend the universe with new video games from THQ, Inc. and a new CGI-animated series.

Under a new agreement between THQ and World Events Productions (WEP), represented by Classic Media, THQ will produce video games based on the Voltron franchise. The video games will join a previously announced toy line that will be produced under a separate agreement between WEP and Mattel.

The Voltron video games from THQ, anticipated to debut this fall, following the premiere of the animated Voltron Force series in the U.S. on Nicktoons, will build on the adventure of the 1984 series, Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

Classic Media to Represent Voltron

World Events Productions (WEP) and Classic Media have announced the re-launch of the Voltron brand in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the original Voltron series, which first aired on television during the 1984-1985 television year. Effective immediately, Classic Media is to helm international distribution and worldwide merchandising and licensing for Voltron.

As the first step in reintroducing the Voltron brand to fans, an all-new animated television series is being created. The series, Voltron Force, is the first original franchise-related television content in 10 years and is scheduled to debut on Nicktoons in 2011, with WEP and Classic Media producing along with Hollywood production company Kickstart Productions (Wanted, Wolverine and the X-Men).