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Cannes: Germany's Studio 100 Launches Film Division

Maya The Bee - H 2012
"Maya the Bess"

The first project from the group will be a feature film version of classic children's cartoon Maya the Bee.

German children's television production/distribution company Studio 100 Media has launched a new film division, Studio 100 Film, which will focus on feature productions.

The group's first project will be a movie based on classic children's cartoon Maya the Bee,  a 3D animated film directed by Alexs Stadermann, a senior animator of films such as Jungle Book 2 and The Little Mermaid 2.

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The project is being set up as a German/Australian co-production between Studio 100 Media and Australia's Buzz Studios. Barbara Stephens (The Woodlies) at Buzz and Studio 100 Media's Thorsten Wegener (Momo) will produce.

Studio 100 Film will handle world theatrical sales for the title, which has pre-sold to Universum Film for German speaking territories, to Monolith Films for Poland and to Karantanija Cinemas for ex-Yugoslavia.

The original 1970s Maya the Bee series, which follows the adventures of a plucky bumble bee, was recently re-launched as a 3D animated show. Maya the Bee, the movie, will bow in German cinemas in September 2014.