Pileated Pictures a Mane Solution for PBS’ "Between the Lions"

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Pileated Pictures has completed production on three animated shorts for the Emmy Award®-winning PBS series "Between The Lions," as well as nine new teasers for the show.

Pileated Pictures has completed production on three animated shorts for the Emmy Award®-winning PBS series "Between The Lions," as well as nine new teasers for the show.

Working closely with the show’s creators Christopher Cerf and Norman Stiles, Pileated brought to life three children’s stories as “animated books” to be broadcast throughout the upcoming season. The books include "Pete’s A Pizza," by William Steig; "The Coyote And The Rabbit;" and "Stolen Smells," the latter two being unpublished stories written exclusively for use on "Between The Lions." Each piece utilized a distinctly different animation technique with the end result producing three shorts with radically different art styles. In the case of "Pete’s A Pizza", the book’s original artwork was scanned and manipulated to remain faithful to the book’s style and look. "Coyote" utilized a classic 2D approach, while "Stolen Smells" used a breath taking innovate style of 3D to come up with a cel shaded look for the piece.

“These three projects really showcase the breadth of our abilities,” says Michael E. Levine, Pileated’s president and co-founder. “Working on Between The Lions has given us incredible flexibility to show off our wide range of skill sets and work with a fantastic team from the show.”

This slate of projects represents the latest in a continuing string of collaborations between the two production entities. In 2005, Pileated produced sixteen animated shorts and an animated music video for "Between The Lions."

“As always, it is wonderful to work with Pileated Pictures,” said Christopher Cerf. “The humor and educational precision they inject into the animation they created continues to have a positive impact on the effectiveness of Between The Lions.”

The new season of "Between The Lions" premiered April 17, 2006 and Pileated’s work will air throughout the season.

About Pileated Pictures

Founded in 1999, Pileated Pictures, LLC is an entertainment studio creating video games, character animation, broadcast animation, concepts, stories and diverse online applications. The firm develops customized solutions for clients, including videogames for a variety of platforms, broadcast animation, music videos, online games, and web sites. Clients include Hasbro, Sirius Thinking, Universal Records, MCA Records, Macromedia, LucasArts Entertainment, THQ, D3P Publisher, WGBH, The National Center for the Learning Disabled and GTECH, as well as recording artists Nelly, TLC, Lisa Lopes, Master P, the Cash Money Millionaires and Britney Spears. Pileated Pictures’ team include veterans of LucasArts Entertainment, Pixar, ILM and the television show “Seinfeld.” The studio also creates and licenses its own original material. For more information visit http://www.pileated.com.

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