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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
DEEP,
created by writer Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Blood Ties, Batman: Legends of the
Dark
Knight, Injustice: Gods Among Us) and illustrator James Brouwer (Justice
League
Beyond), and published by Gestalt Comics.



The Deep: Here Be Dragons graphic novel won the Aurealis Award
(Australia's
annual literary awards for science fiction, fantasy and fiction) for
"Best
Illustrated Book / Graphic Novel" of 2011 and was also nominated for
"Best
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-
animated
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
squabble,
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
enthralling
adventure, heart-pounding danger, laugh out loud humor and
incredible
discoveries all wrapped in unbreakable familial relationships," said
Steven
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,"
added
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
deliver
moments of tenderness, character and heart. That's why THE DEEP and
Technicolor
make a great partnership. It is that special combination which leads to
creating
great series and stories."



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



THE DEEP was created by multi-award-winning playwright, screenwriter and
author
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
games
projects for major studios. Brouwer moved into comics in 2011 with The
Deep:
Here Be Dragons and has since illustrated for DC Comics.



Technicolor Digital Productions produces high-quality CG animation for
feature
films, television, direct-to-video, commercials, video games and location-
based
entertainment through its industry-leading production facility in
Bangalore,
India. The group launched its original content development initiative in
2010
and is currently in development on several projects, including
Berkeley
Breathed's Pete & Pickles, and Atomic Puppet, a co-production with
Mercury
Filmworks. Complementing its services business with original content
creation,
Technical Digital Productions continues to work with major animation
clients
including Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Mattel,
Rockstar
Games, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Square Enix.



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



Technicolor options rights to graphic novel series, The Deep:
hugin.info/143597/R/1672261/543804.pdf : hugin.info/143597/R/1672261/543804.pdf



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