Nelvana, HIT to co-produce 'Knight'

CGI series about medieval castles and dragons due in 2011

TORONTO -- Nelvana Studio has signed up with HIT Entertainment to co-produce the preschool series "Mike the Knight."

Created by Alexander Bar ("Lunar Jim"), the computer-generated series about castles and dragons will be animated in Toronto by Nelvana, with 52 twelve-minute episodes to be produced for a 2011 broadcast.

The series, developed at HIT Entertainment by Bar, is set in the medieval land of Glendragon and has already been sold to Treehouse in Canada.

Nelvana Enterprises will shop the broadcast and home entertainment rights to "Mike the Knight" in Latin America and France, as well as represent the U.S. broadcast rights.

HIT Entertainment will sell the animated series elsewhere worldwide.

Executive producer credits on "Mike the Knight" are shared by Chris Rose and Marion Edwards at HIT Entertainment, and Jocelyn Hamilton, Irene Weibel at Corus Kids, Jamie Piekarz at Treehouse, Tracey Dodokin for Nelvana Studio and Jackie Edwards for CBeebies.
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