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YGEM execs are financing their growing production slate without Victory Media, the German fund that co-financed the second series of toons "Tabaluga" and "Flipper & Lopaka."
"The EM.TV board has made it clear that they are committed to producing children's animation with us," says Geoff Watson, who has been upped to general manager of YGEM from business affairs manager.
YGEM will co-produce the third series of "Tabaluga" and a second helping of "Fairy Tale Police Department" with German web ZDF.
YGEM's ability to attract funding from a variety of sources, not just EM.TV, is another factor underpinning its burgeoning slate.
Centering on two cops whose job it is to ensure fairy tales unfold as originally scripted and don't go off the rails, it was created by Ron Isaacs of Talit, an Israeli subsid of EM.TV, which bought the concept and commissioned YGEM to produce 26 half-hours.
last year; EM.TV has owned a 50% stake in YGEM since March 1999.
Sandra Gross, a director of YGEM, says she hopes Henson's clout will give Gross' productions greater access to the U.S., traditionally a tough market for imported animation, and the U.K.
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