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Technicolor Options Rights to Award-Winning Graphic Novel Series, THE DEEP CGI Adventure Series to Mirror Broad Appeal of Tom Taylor and James Brouwer's Worldwide Hit Property

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Paris -- (Marketwire) -- 01/22/13 -- Technicolor (EURONEXT PARIS: TCH) has
optioned the rights for the international hit graphic novel series, THE
created by writer Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Blood Ties, Batman: Legends of the
Knight, Injustice: Gods Among Us) and illustrator James Brouwer (Justice
Beyond), and published by Gestalt Comics.

The Deep: Here Be Dragons graphic novel won the Aurealis Award
annual literary awards for science fiction, fantasy and fiction) for
Illustrated Book / Graphic Novel" of 2011 and was also nominated for
Children's Fiction (illustrated)." Technicolor Digital Productions
aims to
develop and produce 26 half-hour episodes of THE DEEP, which
follows the
incredible adventures of a family of underwater explorers. The CGI-
series targets Kids 8 - 12 and their families. Each self-contained
episode of
THE DEEP will bring the family a step closer to unraveling the mysteries
of the
deep sea; and every story will be filled with action, adventure,
incredible sea
monsters, fantastic vehicles, unbelievable bravery, and the odd family
of course!

"THE DEEP is one of those unique properties that truly appeals to all
ages and
genders by delivering compelling entertainment in the form of
adventure, heart-pounding danger, laugh out loud humor and
discoveries all wrapped in unbreakable familial relationships," said
Wendland, Vice President, Technicolor Digital Productions. "It's the
family we
all dreamed of being a part of when we were kids and are anxious and
excited to
share with our own children now."

"Technicolor is the ideal animation studio to bring THE DEEP to life,"
Robert Chandler, Executive Producer, THE DEEP. "The CG team at
Technicolor has
the ability not only to visually knock your socks off, but also to
moments of tenderness, character and heart. That's why THE DEEP and
make a great partnership. It is that special combination which leads to
great series and stories."

THE DEEP follows the Nekton family, comprised of the independent and
12 year old Antaeus, Ant to his friends; his analytical 15 year old
Fontaine, an astute navigator; and their parents Will, an
oceanographer and
former Olympic swimmer, and Kaiko, a marine biologist who is fiercely
of all sea life, including Ant's pet fish, Jeffrey. Continuing a long
legacy, the Nektons live aboard a state of the art submarine, The Aronnax,
exploring unchartered areas of the earth's oceans. Each member of the
has unique skills and are all equally passionate about sea life
They seek to solve the ultimate mysteries that appear to be connected to a
we know as Atlantis.

THE DEEP was created by multi-award-winning playwright, screenwriter and
Tom Taylor, best known for his many Star Wars graphic novels and comic
books for
Lucasfilm and Dark Horse Comics; and illustrator James Brouwer who has
worked as
a pre-production and concept artist on a range of film, television and
projects for major studios. Brouwer moved into comics in 2011 with The
Here Be Dragons and has since illustrated for DC Comics.

Technicolor Digital Productions produces high-quality CG animation for
films, television, direct-to-video, commercials, video games and location-
entertainment through its industry-leading production facility in
India. The group launched its original content development initiative in
and is currently in development on several projects, including
Breathed's Pete & Pickles, and Atomic Puppet, a co-production with
Filmworks. Complementing its services business with original content
Technical Digital Productions continues to work with major animation
including Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Mattel,
Games, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Square Enix.

About Technicolor
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and
sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Our world-class
research and
innovation laboratories enable us to lead the market in delivering
video services to content creators and distributors. We also benefit
from an
extensive intellectual property portfolio focused on imaging and
technologies, based on a thriving licensing business. Our commitment:
the delivery of exciting new experiences for consumers in theaters,
homes and
on-the-go. Euronext Paris: TCH - :

Technicolor options rights to graphic novel series, The Deep: :

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