Press - All Systems Go for Figaro Pho

CLF Signs Co-Pro with Ambience Entertainment and Worldwide Distributors for New TV Series

Melbourne, April 13 2011 – Transmedia production company Chocolate Liberation Front (CLF) together with Omnilab Media’s Ambience Entertainment announce a partnership to produce a groundbreaking new television series The Adventures of Figaro Pho. At the same time, they have inked worldwide distribution partners for the TV property with ZDF Enterprises, ABC Commercial and D360. The Adventures of Figaro Pho has been comissioned by ABC3.

The Adventures of Figaro Pho is the brainchild of creator and director Luke Jurevicius, who first introduced Figaro to the screen in 2008 as a series of critically acclaimed shorts produced for ABC TV. The new 13 x 30 mins ( 39 x 7 min ) CGI TV series will follow the charmingly tragic character, Figaro Pho who has every phobia from A to Z.

The new series will be supported through the continued investment of the SAFC and additional investment from Screen Australia and Screen New South Wales and script development funds from Film Victoria.

The project brings together an experienced team including Creative Director Deane Taylor (A Nightmare Before Christmas, Popeye, The Pink Panther, Ren & Stimpy), Animation Director David Webster (Erky Perky series 1-3, Pop Pups) and the return of exciting new writer Matthew Phipps (Figaro Pho, Man Friday Project).

The series is produced by former ABC TV Head of Interactive, Dan Fill (World of Infinite Curiosity, Wild Kratts Interactive, Kids In The Hall, Death Comes To Town Interactive, Angela Anaconda Online) and Frank Verheggen (Immigration Nation, Figaro Pho) with Executive Producers, Christopher Mapp (The Bank Job, W, Tomorrow When the War Began, Killer Elite) and Michael Boughen (The Loved Ones, Tomorrow When the War Began, Killer Elite).

In further news, ZDF Enterprises has secured distribution rights for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while D360 has all rights for Canada. ABC Commercial, which is also the distributor of the original shorts Figaro Pho, holds distribution rights for the rest of the world including the United States, Australia, Asia and South America.

Frank Verheggen from Chocolate Liberation Front says, “Figaro Pho is a landmark property and we are very excited to see it moving forward with Ambience Entertainment as our co-production partner, a real privilege. Figaro Pho is perfect for the international market, particularly as a series without dialogue, and having three big distributors behind us makes for an incredible team.”

Ambience Entertainments, Creative Director, David Webster added “Figaro Pho is a marquee brand and the creator Luke Jurevicius is an extremely creative and inspiring artist. The vision that Luke has for the longer form episodes are incredible and we can see the long term potential of the brand and very much look forward to bringing the series to life.”

Last year the original shorts Figaro Pho was a big winner at the inaugural Kidscreen Awards, claiming three top awards including Best Animated Series in the family category. Along the way it has also picked up two prestigious awards from the Australian Film Institute, including Best Children’s Television Animation, as well as nominations at the Banff Television Festival and the Australian Logies.

Figaro Pho is a warm-hearted, curious and mischievous character who just happens to be afflicted with a multitude of weird and wonderful phobias. If he had any friends, his personality and beauty would be infectious. Unfortunately Figaro doesn’t have any friends. In fact he’s afraid of people … all people. And that is just one of his many fears.

The long-form series will provide an intimate experience with the loveable but tragic character and further exploration into the rich, gothic and cinematic world he inhabits.

Media enquiries
For CLF media enquiries including interviews and images please contact:
Janet Balmforth/Aimee Norman at Blueprint PR
Tel: + 44 (0) 208 868 0511

For Distribution Rights for Europe, Africa and Middle East, please contact:
ZDF Enterprises:
T: +49 (0) 6131- 991 1601
F: +49 (0) 6131- 991 2601

For Canada please contact D60:
Rene d’Entremont

Skype: rendentremont
Tel: +416 646 2711 ext 232

For the rest of the world please contact:
ABC Commercial
Natalie Lawley

Tel: +61 2 8333 3197

Notes to editors:

Located in Australia and Canada, Chocolate Liberation Front (CLF) was founded by former ABC TV Head of Multiplatform Dan Fill and award-winning Australian producer Frank Verheggen. Focusing on creative concepts that work across television, film, online, publishing and emerging platforms, the company offers a contemporary approach and understanding of the international market. Based in Melbourne and Toronto, the two offices are set to complement each other, attracting skills, financing and international expertise.

Ambience Entertainment
Ambience Entertainment is one of Australia’s fastest growing independent film and television production companies dedicated to producing compelling programs for local and international broadcasters and audiences.

With a well-earned reputation for quality, Ambience Entertainment specialises in feature films, animation and children’s programming that exceed our clients’ expectations.

Ambience Entertainment is the content and production division of Omnilab Media, Australia’s largest independently owned vertically integrated content and technology company. This alliance has enabled Ambience Entertainment to develop its own distinctive television and film content with the strategic goal of significantly increasing its production output.

Omnilab Media
Omnilab Media is a leading integrated content and technology company. Amongst its broad range of businesses it also specialises in every aspect of the production and exploitation process for Australian and international film and television content Omnilab Media is the largest private investor in the Australian film and television industry. It has co–financed, produced and executive produced numerous high profile international and Australian feature films and partnered with international sales and distribution companies providing P&A finance, ensuring these films receive distribution in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Omnilab Media supports and services the local and international film and television, broadcast, advertising and corporate markets. It employs over 800 staff in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, France, United States and the United Kingdom

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