DQ Entertainment: Growing Fast and Developing New Shows
An interview with Tapaas Chakravati, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO
DQ Entertainment (DQE) is one of the major international producers and content factory in the animation industry. What is at the basis of your success? DQE has had a strong presence in the animation world for almost two decades and has been growing each year. We are amongst the largest animation production capacity for television, feature films, home video, Visual Effects, mobile and next generation console games. With in-house skills sets of over 1500 employees, DQE is now considered as one of the largest animated content production houses in the world today. We have managed to grow into a fully integrated production and distribution group distinguished for its corporate governance, adherence to the highest quality and one of the first companies in this industry to receive the ISO 9001:2000 certification by DNV Norway, for its sophisticated production and delivery systems.
We focus on getting the best quality output on screen with our own crew and all our clients around the world know and trust in our capacity to deliver.
DQE’S vision of producing iconic and original brands and quality entertainment has provided the edge to DQE in a content-driven world. The awards won by DQE at various national and international forums are an affirmation of the quality of work being produced by the associates.
How has DQE embraced digital distribution and do you have any plans to explore it further? The digital revolution has completely changed the way content is being consumed world over and had opened opportunities like never before. We have recognised the digtal platform to be a very strong medium to have instant worldwide exposure that generates a completely new stream of revenues.
Our digital platforms — ‘Power Kids’ and ‘Tiny Toonz’ channels on Youtube— are gaining traction and delivering consistent revenue. We have plans to expand and explore the digital distribution segment in the near future. We intend to expand our content offering with third=party content as well as ‘produced for on-line’ properties.
Are more seasons of your shows like Jungle Book and Robin Hood being produced? The third season of our flagship property The Jungle Book, which is being co-produced with ZDF (Germany), Ellipsanime (France) and Canal+ (France) is presently in production and is expected to be broadcast early next year. The new season is filled with more exciting adventures and storylines that will see new animals being introduced as Mowgli and his wild friends face new challenges and foes .
The previous seasons of the series was sold in over 150 countries and the franchise has witnessed huge success in the L&M space too worldwide. The series has been well received by broadcasters across the world and the previous season has witness top ratings in most of the major territories.
Robin Hood, a series which we are co-producing with Method Animation France, ZDF Germany and DEA kids Italy, is also into the second season of production. The production of the new season is nearing completion and is expected to be available for broadcast early next year. Looking at the worldwide success of Robin Hood we believe that the property has a potential to go into multiple seasons.the new season of Robin Hood promises to be a riot of mishaps, action, adventure and a whole lot more!! Is DQE working on any new shows? Our latest show, which is also filled with loads of humor and adventure, is the Cg-animated 52 x 11” The Psammy Show. The series is co-produced with Disney Germany and Method Animation France while Disney France is anchor broadcaster. We are in active discussion with broadcasters who have shown great interest to acquire the show in many other European and Asian Markets so far. Disney is really happy with the show and has already green-lit the second season of the series already.
What are some of the other new properties in development for the future? We are now planning to explore a new age group of kids for DQE, which is preschool. Our new attempt is named Cuddle Cubbies, a 78 x 7’ show that is filled with the joy of learning. child empowerment, and friendship. It celebrates individuality while also teaching that, even though each of us is great individually, together we’re even greater. This demonstrates to our preschool viewers the strength and success that comes from team work.
We are also in development of another 52 x 11’ comedy adventure show called Toadlly Awesome. Targeting ages 6-9 years the show deals with friendship, and is packed with crazy adventures which will take kids on an unique journey with the protagonist, Toad, and his group of wonderful friends . We have been receiving great interest from major broadcasters and production houses from Europe and North America to co-produce and co-develop both the shows. We hope to conclude our discussions with them soon and take it into production sometime next year.
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