Technicolor Options Rights to Award-Winning Graphic Novel Series, THE DEEP

CGI Adventure Series to Mirror Broad Appeal of Tom Taylor and James Brouwer's Worldwide Hit Property


Paris--(Marketwire - Jan 22, 2013) - Technicolor (EURONEXT PARIS: TCH) hasoptioned the rights for the international hit graphic novel series, THEDEEP,created by writer Tom Taylor (Star Wars: Blood Ties, Batman: Legends of theDarkKnight, Injustice: Gods Among Us) and illustrator James Brouwer (JusticeLeagueBeyond), and published by Gestalt Comics.

The Deep: Here Be Dragons graphic novel won the Aurealis Award(Australia'sannual literary awards for science fiction, fantasy and fiction) for"BestIllustrated Book / Graphic Novel" of 2011 and was also nominated for"BestChildren's Fiction (illustrated)." Technicolor Digital Productionsaims todevelop and produce 26 half-hour episodes of THE DEEP, whichfollows theincredible adventures of a family of underwater explorers. The CGI-animatedseries targets Kids 8 - 12 and their families. Each self-containedepisode ofTHE DEEP will bring the family a step closer to unraveling the mysteriesof thedeep sea; and every story will be filled with action, adventure,incredible seamonsters, fantastic vehicles, unbelievable bravery, and the odd familysquabble,of course!

"THE DEEP is one of those unique properties that truly appeals to allages andgenders by delivering compelling entertainment in the form ofenthrallingadventure, heart-pounding danger, laugh out loud humor andincrediblediscoveries all wrapped in unbreakable familial relationships," saidStevenWendland, Vice President, Technicolor Digital Productions. "It's thefamily weall dreamed of being a part of when we were kids and are anxious andexcited toshare with our own children now."

"Technicolor is the ideal animation studio to bring THE DEEP to life,"addedRobert Chandler, Executive Producer, THE DEEP. "The CG team atTechnicolor hasthe ability not only to visually knock your socks off, but also todelivermoments of tenderness, character and heart. That's why THE DEEP andTechnicolormake a great partnership. It is that special combination which leads tocreatinggreat series and stories."

THE DEEP follows the Nekton family, comprised of the independent andfearless12 year old Antaeus, Ant to his friends; his analytical 15 year oldsisterFontaine, an astute navigator; and their parents Will, anoceanographer andformer Olympic swimmer, and Kaiko, a marine biologist who is fiercelyprotectiveof all sea life, including Ant's pet fish, Jeffrey. Continuing a longfamilylegacy, the Nektons live aboard a state of the art submarine, The Aronnax,whileexploring unchartered areas of the earth's oceans. Each member of thefamilyhas unique skills and are all equally passionate about sea lifeconservation.They seek to solve the ultimate mysteries that appear to be connected to aplacewe know as Atlantis.

THE DEEP was created by multi-award-winning playwright, screenwriter andauthorTom Taylor, best known for his many Star Wars graphic novels and comicbooks forLucasfilm and Dark Horse Comics; and illustrator James Brouwer who hasworked asa pre-production and concept artist on a range of film, television andgamesprojects for major studios. Brouwer moved into comics in 2011 with TheDeep:Here Be Dragons and has since illustrated for DC Comics.

Technicolor Digital Productions produces high-quality CG animation forfeaturefilms, television, direct-to-video, commercials, video games and location-basedentertainment through its industry-leading production facility inBangalore,India. The group launched its original content development initiative in2010and is currently in development on several projects, includingBerkeleyBreathed's Pete & Pickles, and Atomic Puppet, a co-production withMercuryFilmworks. Complementing its services business with original contentcreation,Technical Digital Productions continues to work with major animationclientsincluding Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Electronic Arts, Mattel,RockstarGames, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Square Enix.

About Technicolor
Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media andentertainmentsector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Our world-classresearch andinnovation laboratories enable us to lead the market in deliveringadvancedvideo services to content creators and distributors. We also benefitfrom anextensive intellectual property portfolio focused on imaging andsoundtechnologies, based on a thriving licensing business. Our commitment:supportingthe delivery of exciting new experiences for consumers in theaters,homes andon-the-go. Euronext Paris: TCH -

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