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DQE to Produce Live Action TV Series ‘Toomai The Story of an Elephant Boy’

October 2, 2009

HYDERABAD, India, October 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — DQE, the AIM
listed, India based animation, gaming and live action entertainment group, is
pleased to announce the development and production of a live action TV
series, ‘Toomai The Story of an Elephant Boy’.

Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Toomai of the Elephants’ and entirely
produced by DQE, this 26 episode series has an estimated production budget of
EUR7.5 – EUR8.5M, to be raised by pre-sales and scheduled to be concluded
shortly. The series is due for completion by late 2010 for an early 2011
release and is supported by ABC, Australia and other major global
broadcasters.

DQE is premiering this high profile live action series trailer at Cannes,
MIPCOM, 5 to 9 October 2009 with pre-sales agreements with major European
broadcasters and distributors expected to be announced shortly.

The series will appeal to under 14s, with the cast consisting of three
actors from Europe alongside an Indian based cast and crew. The series will
also be shot exclusively on location in India and led by a leading European
director, supported by three Indian assistant directors.

Tapaas Chakravarti Chairman & CEO of DQE Group commented:

“We are delighted to bring Rudyard Kipling’s iconic classic character
‘Toomai’ to life for a whole new generation of children. We are grateful for
the starting support from ABC, Australia and expecting more confirmations
post the Cannes MIPCOM festival, to start shooting this beautiful
Adventure-Drama in Kerala with our international cast and crew”.

Additional information on ‘Toomai’

Bringing Rudyard Kipling’s classic ‘Toomai’ to a new generation of
children, the series will bring to life an iconic character who inspired the
classic 1937 film ‘Elephant Boy’, [starring Sabu Dastagir] and a successful
1960s TV series, which had a home run across Europe and Australia, followed
by another British TV production in 1973, which was shot in Sri Lanka and had
3 successful years of commercial success, especially in Britain, Germany and
France.

DQE now adapts the story to 21st century India, highlighting modern
India’s commitment to conserve the world’s biggest adorable mammal, the
elephant. Toomai, the little 12 year old hero, a 4th generation mahout
(Elephant handler/trainer), sets out on this adventure along with his little
brother Gopi and 12 year old friend Gia, daughter of Dr Richardson and Mrs
Richardson who are committed to a very difficult task of running an ‘Animal
Hospital and Rescue Center’ in the picturesque elephant sanctuary close to
the back-waters of tropical Kerala.

Amidst the beautiful surroundings of lakes, long winding back-water
canals and the backdrop of the lush forested hills of Kerala lies the
Elephant Sanctuary, Animal Hospital and the traditional Mahout Training
School, run by Toomai’s ancestors. Toomai dreams of being one of the best
mahouts ever to be born. He loves nature, the wild life and is interested in
the daily chores of the sanctuary, also helping his father.

The story of Toomai the elephant boy is about the great adventures and
escapades in the jungle, wild life and tales of his valour, compassion,
camaraderie, elephant tradition and love for ‘KalaNag’, the great Tusker whom
he handles with ease. This story full of adventure and drama with Toomai,
Gia, Gopi and Kala Nag, the Tusker, takes us through 26 half-hour live action
shows to rescue elephants and other animals, get help to save the elephants
from tusk poachers and many more heart warming stories .

About DQE:

DQE is a leading animation, gaming and entertainment production and
global distribution group engaged in production, co-production and original
IP development with a workforce of around 3,000 and a global client – partner
base of over 90 producers, distributors, broadcasters and licensors including
Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc.,
Electronic Arts, Marvel Comics, American Greetings, NBC-Universal, BBC Group,
M6/ France TV/ TF-1 Broadcasting groups from France, ZDF Germany and many
more world-wide.

DQ Entertainment Group has produced/co-produced and distributed iconic
global brands such as Iron Man – the first 3D animated TV series, Twisted
Whiskers, Mikido, Casper, Pinky & Perky, second season of Large Family, third
season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and is now producing large number of TV
series and movies which includes famous iconic properties like Little Prince
and Little Nicolas. DQE has a library of over 400 hours of international
programs being distributed successfully world-wide.

DQE is also developing and producing ‘The Jungle Book’, the 100% home
grown global production as a 52 episode animated series and a 60 minute TV
feature. The other major co-production partners are ZDF Enterprises and ZDF
Broadcasting – Germany, as well as broadcasting and licensing powerhouse TF1
Group and Moonscoop from France. DQE is also developing and producing iconic
properties like Lassie which will be a 26 x 22 minute CGI animated series,
Toomai-The Elephant Boy which is a live action TV series as well as Indian
IPs which are on production like Feluda, Suryaputra and Omkar.

DQE’s international quality production facilities are based in Hyderabad,
Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Manila and it has international sales offices in
Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.

    Media Contact:

    DQ Entertainment Limited
    Sumedha Saraogi
    +91-40-2355-3726/27
    sumedha@dqentertainment.com

    Buchanan Communication
    Mark Edwards/ Jeremy Garcia / Miranda Higham
    +44(0)20-7466-5000

SOURCE DQ Entertainment International


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