KI.KA, EFP team for 'Chloe's'


COLOGNE, Germany -- German kids broadcaster KI.KA and Dutch media fund European Film Partners have joined forces with Mike Young Prods. to co-produce new preschool animated series "Chloe's Closet."

The series follows the adventures of little Chloe who, together with her security blanket, enters into a series of fantasy worlds while playing dress up in her closet.

MYP, KI.KA and EFP will co-produce the 52 11-minute episodes together with Germany's Trickcompany, Ireland's Telegael, Welsh channel S4C and Animation Dimension of India. "Chloe's Closet" will shoot at studios in Germany, Wales, Ireland and India.

"As one of the show's original co-developers (with MYP), we are especially happy to kick off the production with them as well," said Sebastian Debertin, head of fiction, acquisition and co-production at KI.KA. "Mike Young Prods. has developed a reputation worldwide for producing high-quality entertainment for kids and we're certain 'Chloe's Closet' will be next."

Separately, EFP will take over sales duties on programs from MYP and France's MoonScoop in the Benelux and Scandinavian territories.

EFP was set up last April as a joint venture between Hunter Media and Dutch producer Volkert Struycken with the goal of financing the acquisition, production and distribution of a wide range of television and film properties. Among its ventures, EFP has a 10 million euros ($14.7 million) co-financing deal with Universal Pictures Benelux to back a slate of local and international feature films.

"In less than one year of operation, European Film Partners has already made a substantial impact on the European market," said Liz Young, co-founder, partner and president of Mike Young Prods.. "Their expertise, creativity and passion for their projects make them ideally suited to help further the growth of the 'Chloe' project, from both a business and creative standpoint."

"We are thrilled to play an integral role in the production of this series, and to join these highly respected co-producing partners," Volkert Struycken added. "We look forward to introducing Chloe and her friends -- as well as many of the other great Mike Young Prods. characters -- to our clients throughout the Scandinavian and Benelux regions."