Thursday, February 22

Disney XD acquires US broadcast rights of DQE’s The Jungle Book

Jungle Book

Disney XD has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights of DQ Entertainment (DQE)’s 3D animated series The Jungle Book.

The around half an hour series will debut June 11 on the channel. It has more than 78 million households as subscribers.

Based on the stories by English author Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book series, aimed at children between 6 to 9, follows man-cub Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Kaa as they take on the evil Shere Khan.

Earlier Disney adapted Kipling’s material into a 1967 animated feature.

Based on an earlier agreement with India-based DQE, SMC Entertainment, a division of Sun-Mate, has the television, home video, licensing and merchandising rights in North America for The Jungle Book.

“Mowgli and his friends have found their rightful home and we are confident that they will continue to enthrall audiences in their new CGI avatars,” averred Tapaas Chakravarti, chairman and CEO of DQE.

D  Q  Entertainment, also known as Dataquest, is an Indian animation studio that mostly provides CGI animation.