BKN International A.G. (BKN or the Company), a global animation company engaged in the distribution and marketing of animated childrens television programmes and related consumer products, announces that it is to expand its London operation with the hiring of one of the best animation teams in the industry headed up by David Freedman. David and his team join BKN from Carlton Television Plc, where as Executive Producer, he was in charge of development of a new Thunderbirds series. As Supervising Producer at BKN, David will pioneer the creation of the new production series, Legend of the Dragon, due for release in Autumn 2004.
Richard Ungar, recently named Executive Producer of Production from The Marvel Character Group where he was President, said: We are committed to attracting top talent based in London to ensure that our new properties deliver the most quality for our broadcasters. David will lead a superb creative team. This marks an extremely exciting stage in BKNs United Kingdom development.
David Freedman said of his appointment: BKN creates huge shows that are proven commercial successes. It is a company that is big enough to have power and presence and small enough to act in an entrepreneurial and bold way. It is great to lead such a groundbreaking production as Legend of the Dragon with such a talented team in London.
David Freedman is an extremely experienced producer and show runner of animation. He has risen from writer through to show runner and has worked for most of the major broadcasters in the industry including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Disney, Fox, Cartoon Network Europe and many others.
David began his career as a cartoonist, and entered the animation industry as a writer, quickly moving on to script editing and development. Due to his art background he began to oversee design and direction as well. David was co-creator and co-executive producer of the multi-award winning, Mr Hell Show which starred the late Bob Monkhouse as the smarmy host, Mr Hell himself. This production still runs on Showtime in the United States.
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Wayne Mowat, Chief Financial Officer Tel: +44 (0) 20 7726 7016
Henry Harrison-Topham / Heather Salmond Tel: +44 (0) 20 7444 4140
A soft copy photograph of David Freedman (Supervising Producer) is available from Bankside. To arrange, please contact Heather Salmond on +44 (0) 20 7444 4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
BKN International A.G. is a global animation company engaged in the distribution and marketing of animated childrens television programmes and the marketing of related consumer products (licensing and merchandising) in all forms. BKN has worked on numerous successful animation projects, including Pocket Dragon Adventures, UBOS and Capertown Cops.
The Company is currently listed on the Deutsche Bourse and AIM and it operates all over the world. BKN has successfully negotiated distribution deals in 95 countries and territories in the childrens programming market.
The Companys Film Library includes:
- Capertown Cops
- Kong - The Animated Series
- Roswell Conspiracies
- Monster Rancher
- Pocket Dragon Adventures
- Highlander- the animated series
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