Â ACAMAR FILMS ANNOUNCES A FULL RANGE OF PARTNERSHIPS ONÂ BING BUNNYÂ
Acamar is working simultaneously, in an unusual creative arrangement, with an additional two multi-award winning studio partners Brown Bag Films and Tandem Films to coproduce
Bing Bunny for MIPTV debutÂ Â
London,Â 6 February 2014. UK-based independentÂ Acamar FilmsÂ today announced that it is working in partnership with both leading Irish animation studioÂ Brown Bag FilmsÂ and London basedÂ Tandem FilmsÂ to coproduce the much-anticipated new animated seriesÂ Bing BunnyÂ –Â based on the hugely popular books by award-winning author and illustrator Ted Dewan.
Acamar will be launching the new show with initial episodes available to view at MIPTV.
The 78 x 7â€™ series has been meticulously developed for internationally renowned BBC pre-school channel CBeebies, which will be bringing theÂ Bing BunnyÂ booksâ€™ unique philosophy and story-telling to television audiences this spring. A number of key global broadcasters are also on board with sales to be announced imminently.
Acamar is developing a high-quality global publishing, licensing and digital campaign forÂ Bing BunnyÂ with several market-leading partners already on board. A multi-territory representation agreement has already been signed with award-winningÂ TLCÂ (The Licensing Company) to developÂ Bing BunnyÂ with key partners around the world.
AcamarÂ andÂ TLCÂ have already appointed leading international childrenâ€™s publisherÂ Harper CollinsÂ to produce a major multi-format TV tie-in programme forÂ Bing BunnyÂ as well as to re-issue the entire series of Ted Dewanâ€™s original classic â€œBingâ€ books. The first of these re-issues occurred in the UK in August 2013, and the second in January 2014, with further book launches planned for the coming months.
Acamarâ€™s CEO, and industry veteran Mikael Shields, has hand-picked the team to bringÂ Bing BunnyÂ to the screen. The project is being series directed by Academy Award-nominated Director Nicky Phelan at Brown Bag Films, series story direction is by Jeroen Jaspaert at Tandem Films, and music for the project is coming from award-winning composer Julian Nott. Lucy Murphy, who has held key roles at King Rollo, EVA Entertainment and Novel Entertainment, is on board as executive producer along with former MD of Nickelodeon UK, Howard Litton, also an executive producer.
Mikael Shields, Bing Bunnyâ€™s Producer and CEO of Acamar Films, says:
â€œWe looked at over 600 ideas before deciding to option and developÂ Bing Bunny. Itâ€™s a unique project and so we were determined to assemble most talented team possible to adapt Ted Dewanâ€™s insightful books both for the screen, and for a parallel digital life. We did our early visual development work with Nicky Phelan and the team at Brown Bag Films and theyâ€™ve been a fantastic partner for us. Iâ€™d also worked originally with Daniel Greaves at Tandem Films on â€œFlatworldâ€ and we were absolutely delighted when they agreed to come on board with Jeroen Jaespart bringing a special focus to directing our series animatics. So, we now have all three studios working on everything from the story ideas, team-writing, voice-recording, dialogue edits, animatics, animation, music and post-production of the show. Weâ€™ve set it up to be an incredibly detailed collaboration and I couldnâ€™t be more pleased with the results.â€
Nicky Phelan, Series Director, Brown Bag Films, says:
â€œBing BunnyÂ is a very special project for us here in Brown Bag Films; we helped develop and design Bingâ€™s supporting cast in the early development stages, and are now in full swing of episodic production. Working with Acamar and Tandem has been a thoroughly collaborative and rewarding endeavor. To bring Bing to the screen, we are utilizing high end CG and have an incredibly talented and committed team of artists and production staff in Brown Bag putting their extensive experience in to creating a series we believe Bingâ€™s audience will truly love.
Our aim with this series is to create a believable and relatable cast of characters, led by Bing, whose world is a beautiful but real place. Visual cues are taken from Ted Dewanâ€™s original books, and fused with real world reference while retaining a very specific and original aesthetic.â€
Jeroen Jaspaert, Story Director, Tandem Films, says:
â€œWe came on board for the initial pilot ofÂ Bing Bunny, and I was immediately captured by the refreshing, rich quality of the storytelling, so we were delighted to be able to work on developing the story and animatics for the full season. I wanted to portray a quirky world that had a sense of wonder, but was always recognisable, honest and immersed in realism, ensuring the emotional narrative present in the books was preserved.
The Tandem team set up a ‘made to order’ production pipeline, to create a new kind of animatic, working digitally, combining 2D characters and 3D generated backgrounds. This, along with the unique creative collaboration of all three companies, allowed us a strong blue print for the CG animation to continue from – ultimately producing a heartwarming and highly original show.â€
Bing BunnyÂ celebrates the real-life experiences of young children and the grown ups in their lives in a most authentic way.Â Bing BunnyÂ is about celebrating the mishaps, mess, energy and wonder of being a relatively new human being with the reassuring exclamation: â€œItâ€™s a Bing Thing!â€.
Each 7-minute episode is a thoughtfully written â€˜micro-dramaâ€™ which explores what life isÂ reallyÂ like for a pre-school child; from taking a bath to making a smoothie, these small stories, told onscreen in real-time, and from Bingâ€™s point of view, make for compelling and affecting drama.
The series starsÂ Bing BunnyÂ and his learned, ageless carer and best friend Flop, along with a ensemble cast of Bingâ€™s close friends and the grownups in each of their lives, all of whom have been specially developed by Acamar for television.
Pre-school life is certainly dramatic. So why isnâ€™t pre-schooltelevision? Most pre-school TV is artificially bright and jolly.What would it be like if pre-school TV authenticallydramatised pre-schoolersâ€™ experiences, celebrating themishaps, mess, energy, and wonder?
The Bing books broke new ground, addressing preÂ -schoolers and adults with â€œmicro-dramasâ€ about their every day lives together.Weâ€™re producing something just as ground-breaking for pre-school TV in a formatthat tonally feels like real-time 6-minute video clips onÂ YouTube (without thepushy parents off-camera). Characters speak naturally and authentically for theirage, the laws of physics apply (no magic or fantasy) and we don’t shy away fromuncomfortable feelings or events.
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About Acamar Films:
Acamar Films was founded in 2005 to create and produce premium quality film and television projects. Its CEOÂ Mikael Shields has over 25 yearsâ€™ experience and an international reputation for identifying, developing, financing and producing a wide range of hit film and television projects including Nick Parkâ€™sÂ Wallace & Gromit, Aardmanâ€™sÂ Rex The Runt, Candy Guardâ€™sÂ Pond Life,Â Pingu,Â Noddy,Â Hilltop HospitalÂ andÂ Flatworld. He has held senior management positions at the BBC, EVA Entertainment, Pearson, Atom Films and Ealing Studios.
About Ted Dewan:
Ted Dewan is an award-winning author and illustrator and creator ofÂ Bing Bunny. Born in Lexington, Massachusetts, Tedâ€™s professional illustration career began at the age of 16, when he received his first book commission. He moved to the UK in 1988 and after becoming a father he decided to dedicate most of his time to writing and illustrating books.Â Bing BunnyÂ came about when he realised he felt that so much childrenâ€™s literature is saccharine and untrue, and what he really wanted to read to his daughter were books that â€˜told It like it isâ€™. And soÂ Bing Bunny, featuring all the highs and lows of everyday toddler life and a â€˜Donâ€™t worry, itâ€™s a Bing thing!â€™ philosophy, was conceived.
About Brown Bag Films:Â Brown Bag FilmsÂ® is a global leader in childrenâ€™s and family entertainment. Millions of kids watch their series every day in over 150 countries. Brown Bag FilmsÂ® is currently producing four of the worldâ€™s highest rated pre-school shows includingÂ Doc McStuffins,Â Henry Higglemonster,Â Peter RabbitÂ andÂ Octonauts. As well as Emmy and BAFTA nominations for its TV series, the studio has been awarded two Oscarâ„¢Â nominations for its short filmsÂ Give Up Yer AulÂ Sims (202) andÂ Granny Oâ€™Grimmâ€™s Sleeping BeautyÂ (2010). With over 20 yearsâ€™ experience, Brown Bag FilmsÂ® remains a creatively-owned and managed studio with headquarters in Dublin and operations in Los Angeles.
Using technology to tell stories, Brown Bag FilmsÂ® has built its own picture and audio post-production facility. Its Technology R&D department is focused on consistently increasing operational efficiency and developing the studioâ€™s cutting edge digital infrastructure.
For more information please visitÂ www.brownbagfilms.com
About Tandem:Â TANDEM was formed by two directors Daniel Greaves ad Nigel Pay who were later joined by producer Mike Bell.Â After winning theÂ Oscarâ„¢Â and over forty international film awards forÂ Manipulation, TANDEM went on the produce the BBC 30-minute specialÂ FlatworldÂ which also won dozens of awards and was nominated for a BAFTA, followed by another BAFTA-nominated, multi-award-winning short filmÂ Little Things. Daniel Greaves is just finishing his latest filmÂ Mr Plastimime, a film that mixes stop-motion clay animation, with CGI and 2D to great effect.
These successes allowed the studio to establish an international reputation for craft-led award-winning advertising production including campaigns for Honda, Ribena and Marmite.
TANDEM now represents a roster of fourteen award-winning animation directors working in every conceivable style and technique. Based at a large facility in North London, TANDEM incorporates a drawing studio, CG department, motion-control studio facility, digital editing suite and sound facility.