Talking Tom to leap onto TV in new CGI comedy series
October 7, 2013
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London, UK, 7 October 2013: – Outfit7, the entertainment company that created Talking Tom, has hired the American screenwriter and producer, Joe Ansolabehere to create a TV series based on the fun antics of Talking Tom and his Talking Friends.

Codenamed ‘Tom on the Road’, the 52 x 11 minute CGI comedy TV series will provide Talking Tom and Friends’ huge global fan-base with a new way to engage with the gang of fun-loving characters who have already achieved record mobile success with 1.2 billion downloads and 170 million active users each month.

Ansolabehere is a well known creator, producer, and writer of animated television series. With credits including Recess, Rugrats, and Hey Arnold, Ansolabehere will create the story line of adventure and fun for ‘Tom on the Road’. The series will be ready to air at the end of 2014.

“Creating a TV show is the next exciting step for the popular Talking Friends Franchise, who started life in the mobile world and gained millions of fans worldwide with its humor and charm,” said Alessandro Traverso, Chief Operating Officer, Outfit7. “Talking Tom and his Talking Friends have already made it in the video world and performed chart-topping singles that have helped to drive global merchandise sales – a TV series is the next natural progression and we are thrilled to have Joe Ansolabehere bring Talking Friends to TV.”

The launch of a new TV series is part of Outfit7’s broader content strategy, which will also provide animation and video on YouTube and other platforms to appeal to the Talking Friends broad demographic of family, kids and adults.

Talking Tom and the Talking Friends are unique entertainment apps offering talkback fun and interactivity which includes singing and performing with the characters and sharing video on YouTube.

Traverso says that Talking Tom has become a global phenomenon because fans identify with this charming, charismatic and witty cat with a fun-loving attitude, and his friends who are always up for the next adventure. The new TV series will feature Talking Tom and his best friend, Talking Ben, a visionary and talented inventor who creates some crazy inventions. The cast of characters will also include popular characters from the Talking Friends cast such as Talking Angela, the stylish kitty who adores clothes, glamour, celebrities and Talking Ginger, a youthful and energetic dreamer.

Outfit7’s Chief Operating Officer will be having discussions with broadcast networks at MIPCOM. He is also attending MIPCOM to discuss further content ideas with creators and providers and attending BLE to further the Talking Friends portfolio of global licensees.

About Outfit7

Outfit7 (www.outfit7.com) is an entertainment company and the creator of Talking Tom and Talking Friends.

In 2010 Outfit7 launched the innovative Talking Tom Cat app and within three years the popular franchise reached a record of over one billion downloads. The Talking Friends collection, which includes 14 characters, has since become a global entertainment phenomenon and Outfit7 has expanded its innovative and interactive character offering from apps in to the physical world of video, music and merchandise.

The company has headquarters in Limassol, Cyprus and subsidiaries in Palo Alto, USA; London, England; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Seoul, South Korea.

Media contact:

Carol Turner – Outfit7

Email: carol.turner@outfit7.com

Tel: +44 (0)-207-432-4564

Mobile: +44 (0)-7704196520

www.outfit7.com

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