Rainmaker Partners With Hit Entertainment for All-New BOB THE BUILDER Series
Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. ("Rainmaker" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:RNK) announces that it is partnering with HIT Entertainment ("HIT"), one of the world's leading pre-school entertainment companies, on a brand new CG-animated series of Bob the Builder that has entered pre-production.
The new series is being produced out of HIT's UK headquarters with animation services provided by Mainframe, a division of Rainmaker. HIT Entertainment will produce two series of 52 x 11' episodes of the popular pre-school show, due to be delivered late 2015.
Michael Carrington, VP Global Content & Executive Producer at HIT Entertainment said, "We are thrilled to be bringing an all new series of Bob the Builder to viewers around the world. The brand is built on strong foundations and with the new creative direction we're working on we are committed to ensuring the future remains bright for TV's favourite builder. Viewers can look forward to lots more excitement from Bob and the team, compelling new characters and dynamic locations!"
Rainmaker announced last year the re-launch of Mainframe as its television division. Mainframe, one of the world's most prolific producers of computer animation for television and direct to videos, is a brand synonymous with groundbreaking CG animation in the world of TV. The new CG-animated Bob the Builder series will be the first production under the legendary name since re-launch.
According to Michael Hefferon, President and Executive Producer of Rainmaker, "We are excited to be working with HIT Entertainment on the collaboration of an all new Bob the Builder series. It is an honour for us to be entrusted with the opportunity to be a part of this iconic property, bringing fresh episodes of Bob the Builder to a new generation of kids."
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rainmaker is a multifaceted animation studio and one of Canada's largest producers of CG animation. On February 15, 2013, Rainmaker's first feature film, Escape From Planet Earth (distributed by The Weinstein Company), opened on 3,200 screens across North America. Currently the studio is working on its second feature, Ratchet and Clank. Based on the popular Sony PlayStation game, this film is slated for release in 2015.
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