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Clockwork Zoo and Percept Picture Company (PPC) sign slate of films
4 November, 2008

After just two weeks of shooting ‘Tasveer’, Clockwork and Percept have now announced a joint venture including a slate of films to be shot next year. Two films already on the Percept slate will be pushed through Clockwork’s offices in Cape Town and Percept will also leverage three further Bollywood films to shoot here. 
 
Clockwork Zoo’s CEO, Vince Gibbons says: “This slate of films is the start of our relationship with Bollywood. The next step is to work towards films that can be accessible to both Indian and South African Audiences. The fact that the largest Indian population outside of India and Pakistan reside in South Africa is something we want to capitalize on”. 
 
In addition the two parties have started negotiations for an additional phase to Clockwork Zoo, Dimension TV and Rabie Properties’ Media City Development, opening in 2010. The development at Century City will house Clockwork’s broadcast, animation and features facility, studios and offices for Dimension TV and specific broadcast needs for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The additional Percept investment will be designed around servicing Bollywood’s production and post-production needs outside of India. 
 
Percept Limited’s Joint Managing Director, Shailendra Singh believes he has found the right partner in Clockwork Zoo. “Clockwork Zoo, like Percept, is a very driven, creative and professional company. I believe in long term relationships and I think Percept’s venture with Clockwork Zoo will stand the test of time.” says Singh.
 
Clockwork Zoo had begun shooting Percept Picture Company’s film, ‘Tasveer’, on October 20th. Tasveer’ (meaning: Photograph), stars Bollywood heartthrob Akshay Kumar and is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. 
 
The film, about a troubled man who sees spirits in photographs, also stars the beautiful Ayesha Takia and is shooting in Cape Town, Elgin and Langebaan. Clockwork Zoo is providing local services and support for the film. Tasveer will enjoy a wide Indian cinema release in early 2009.
 
About Clockwork Zoo
 
Clockwork Zoo’s partners Vince Gibbons and Sean Rogers have been making television in South Africa for over 30 years. By investing in long-term relationships, Clockwork Zoo has become one of the most highly respected production companies in Africa.
 
Clockwork Zoo’s understanding of production pipelines is the key to its success. For the past few years, its magazine shows - Hip2B2, Destination South Africa, teen talk show – ‘Keeping it Real’, basketball show – ‘Slam Dunk’ and the daily live co-production, ‘Hectic Nine-9’, has been its core business.
 
Apart from these series, Clockwork Zoo also produces several hours of programming every month on special projects like - The Argus Cycle Tour, The 2 Oceans Marathon and The Gary Player Invitational. It also recently completed the pilot of a scathing political satire puppet show, Z-News, in collaboration with Both Worlds and internationally renowned cartoonist, Zapiro. 
  
This vibrant company includes South Africa’s largest animation studio, producing the crazy kids show ‘URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika’, now entering it’s third season. Launched with critical acclaim from the likes of The Mail & Guardian and The Sunday Times, URBO has pushed the boundaries of South African 2D animation and is still the only show broadcast in Dolby Pro-Logic surround.
 
With its partners in London and Brussels, Clockwork Zoo is securing co-production and service work in animation, feature film and sports programming. Most notably is an animated series for The Disney Channel (co-prod) and a slate of features for India’s Percept Picture Company (service).