DQ En­ter­tain­ment: Grow­ing Fast and De­vel­op­ing New Shows

An in­ter­view with Ta­paas Chakra­vati, Chair­man, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor and CEO

Animation Magazine - - Event Focus -

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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