The 26-half-hour series, "Adventurers -- Masters of Time," "Shadow of the Elves," "Mission Odyssey" and "Altair in Starland," will be released by Genius on both DVD and the popular new UMD format. One UMD release and four DVD releases, each containing two episodes, are set for release in fourth quarter 2005.
Commenting on the agreement, Drinkwater said: "In just three years, BFC has established a reputation for high-quality animated programming for children. We are pleased to represent these highly popular series as we continue to build our library for the American marketplace with unique content from around the world."
Brugger added: "We're delighted to be partnered with Genius Products for our first entry into the DVD/UMD marketplace in North America. The company is a leader in DVD distribution and we are confident in their abilities to successfully market these titles on DVD and the new UMD format."
In "Adventurers -- Masters of Time," four students upload themselves by way of time continuum software and are whisked back through the ages on a desperate search for their missing computer professor. Their endurance is tested as they encounter great adventures with historical figures, all the while battling the evil Hacker and his Virtual Agents, who threaten to change world history. Along the way, the Adventurers learn what it means to work together but also have the best of fun as the best of friends.
"Shadow of the Elves" follows the extraordinary adventures that take place in the Meadowlands, a microscopic kingdom filled with flowers as large as redwoods and insects the size of dragons, where peaceful fairies and comical trolls must fight to keep their realm from being captured by the evil elfin king, Lord Kann. Staff against sword -- wing against claw -- good against evil -- only the bravest will fight, and only the strongest will prevail.
"Mission Odyssey" is the classic tale of Ulysses, whose attempts to return home to Ithaca after defeating the Trojans are thwarted when Poseidon sends him and his band of warriors to the edges of the world, where they must battle fantastic mythological creatures. Strongly influenced by anime, which lends a contemporary feel to this legendary epic, "Mission Odyssey" is filled from the first frame to the last with high adventure, non-stop action and suspense.
"Altair in Starland" follows the unique exploits of Altair, a young boy growing up in the unusual world of the Starish people. Along with his best friend, Blip, a clever, wisecracking little star, and his star-herding green dog, he sets off on zany adventures in Starland, an extraordinary group of islands in the sky filled with surreal homes and eccentric people. Altair has a blast growing up in this bizarre world -- he rides on roller coasters that design themselves, and flies from island to island. What more could a boy want? Well, usually somewhere between what Altair wants and what he gets is where his zaniest adventures take place.
About BFC Berliner Film Companie Group
BFC Berliner Film Companie Distribution GmbH is the distribution arm of BFC Berliner Film Companie Group, which was formed in 2002 to develop, produce and distribute television and feature-film animation. Working with America's top creators, producers and directors, BFC has established a unique American-style production company in the heart of cosmopolitan Berlin, while being represented throughout the U.S. from its office in Los Angeles. BFC is affiliated with Dresdner Bank, a member of the Allianz Group, one of the world's leading financial powerhouses. The series in distribution with Genius are produced and distributed by BFC on behalf of BAF Berlin Animation Film GmbH & Co. Produktions KG.
About Genius Products, Inc.
Genius Products, Inc. (OTCBB:GNPI) produces and distributes affordable entertainment products, including DVDs and CDs. Its products are sold in retail outlets nationwide under well-known brands, including AMC(R), TV Guide(R), Wellspring, IFILM(R), Sundance Channel Home Entertainment(TM), Bazooka(R), Jay Jay The Jet Plane(R), National Lampoon(R), The Twilight Zone(TM), Baby Genius(R), Tonka(R), My Little Pony(R), Curious George(R) and Paddington Bear(TM). Genius Products also licenses the Baby Genius brand to third-party companies for a variety of products, including books, apparel and infant care products. Promotional partners include the world famous San Diego Zoo(R), Gerber(R), Fazoli's(R) and Child(R) Magazine.
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