Monster Distributes to Launch Animated Series Ben and Izzy

Amman, Jordan, October 08, 2008 --( From Jordan comes a unique animation series that follows the adventures of two pre-teens and a genie. Ben and Izzy, the long anticipated state-of-the-art CGI animation series, will be showcased during MIPCOM 2008.

The new highly acclaimed animation series is created by Rubicon, a pioneering 2D and 3D animation/CGI, e-education, and interactive multimedia company based in Amman, Jordan.

Ben & Izzy is designed for children aged 6-11 and follows the adventures of two pre-teens and a genie. Ben, an American and Izzy, a Jordanian, first meet each other at their grandfathers’ archeological site in Petra. They immediately share a disliking to each other and feel that their summer vacation will be long and tough.

But while wandering through Petra one day, Ben and Izzy stumble upon a tomb, releasing a trapped spirited genie –Yasmine- (Lucy Liu, ‘Charlie’s Angels’), who has the power to travel through time and is determined to save the world's precious heritage from the evil schemes of Mr. Clutchford Wells and his gum-popping, judo air-kicking sidekick, Roxanne. Ben and Izzy quickly forget their differences and join Yasmine to defeat the scheming Mr. Wells who is trying to steal as many precious historic relics as he and can in order to make a fortune by selling them at auction.

Like Raiders of The Lost Ark, many perilous journeys await Ben & Izzy in the television and DVD series. And yet, adversity brings many rewards to the pair. In each episode they get to meet famous historical figures from the rich cultural heritage of the Middle East; people who made significant contributions to our modern way of life, no matter where in the world we live. While adventuring through time and place, learning about the past and its value, Ben and Izzy also grow to appreciate each other and respect their respective cultures. The lesson from each episode is that “ultimately we don’t have to be the same to get along.”

Rubicon has expressed great pleasure to embark on a significant relationship with Monster, one of the world’s premier distribution companies. On its part, Monster said it was very excited to be working with Rubicon to bring such a fantastic series to the international marketplace.

Ben & Izzy has already enjoyed excellent viewership and attention in the Middle East and North Africa after the Arabic version (Ben and Issam) was premiered on MBC Group Network's MBC3.

About Rubicon Group
Rubicon is the MENA region's largest production, media, animation and entertainment company. Since its inception, Rubicon has gone full thrust in the creation and development of innovative entertainment and edutainment products based on cutting edge technologies. Rubicon is highly active in the areas of education, animation, location based entertainment and licensing and merchandizing.

Headquartered in Jordan, Rubicon has offices in Dubai and Qatar, Studios in Amman, Manila and LA, and joint ventures in Qatar, England and the US.

About Monster Distributes
Monster Distributes is an international television distribution company which finances and distributes television programmes worldwide. The Company was formed in 1998 by Andrew Fitzpatrick, former Chairman of Don Bluth Entertainment. It started with children’s programming, but has since added music, documentaries, features, and adult comedy shorts. Monster’s catalogue is building rapidly and contains high quality, high-profile, award-winning programming.

Based in Dublin, Monster Distributes works internationally and attends about 10 markets a year including NATPE, MIP TV, MIPCOM, DISCOP, Annecy, Cartoon Forum, Kids Screen, NRB and airline programming markets.

Rubicon Group
Yasmine Muna
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