16th April 2003

Fox Kids Europe Announces Launch Of Co-production ‘gadget & The Gadgetinis’

  • Co-production between Fox Kids Europe and major European broadcasters M6 (France), Mediatrade (Italy), Channel 5 (UK) and DIC Entertainment

Amsterdam, The Netherlands and London, UK - Saban Consumer Products (SCP), the consumer products division of Fox Kids Europe (FKE), the leading pan-European integrated children’s entertainment company, today announced the launch of the new animated series Gadget & The Gadgetinis. 

The 52 half-hour episode series, a co-production between FKE and major European broadcasters M6 (France), Mediatrade (Italy), Channel 5 (UK) and DIC Entertainment, will receive its first-ever screening at MIPTV 2002.  Gadget & The Gadgetinis will receive its UK-TV premiere on Channel 5 in August 2002 and will launch on M6 in France in September 2002.

SCP owns the merchandising rights across all key licensed goods categories, including toys, home entertainment, interactive video games and promotions.  A video will be released through Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) in Italy, France and the UK in December 2002.

The series features the adventures of the popular cartoon character ‘Inspector Gadget’ together with his two robotic aides; ‘Fidget’ and ‘Digit’, known as ‘The Gadgetinis’.  Created in 1982, the original Inspector Gadget series has scored consistently high ratings on major U.S. networks and European broadcast outlets and continues to attract large audiences from around the world.

Jean-Philippe Randisi, Managing Director, Saban Consumer Products Europe, says: “Gadget has remained one of the most enduring and popular cartoon characters with boys and girls for nearly 20 years and has a great heritage.  This new series develops the property with engaging new characters and storylines for the ‘next generation’ of kids.”