Animated Series “Oban Star-Racers” Nominated for a BAFTA Award

Sav! The World Productions is proud to announce that its series "Oban Star-Racers", a coproduction between Sav! The World Productions and Jetix Europe in Association with Bandai-Visual and Hal Film Maker, has been nominated in the Best Children Animation category at the BAFTA AWARDS 2007 (essentially the UK equivalent of the American Oscars and Emmies combined ).

Complete list of nominees:
- CHARLIE AND LOLA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Claudia Lloyd, Kitty Taylor (Tiger Aspect Productions / CBeebies / CBBC)
- OBAN STAR RACERS - Michael Lekes, Savin Yeatman-Eiffel (Sav! The World Productions / Jetix)
- THE SECRET SHOW - Christopher O'Hare, Tony Collingwood, Andrea Tran (Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment / CBeebies / CBBC)
- SHAUN THE SHEEP - Julie Lockhart, Chris Sadler, Richard Goleszowski (Aardman Animations / CBeebies / CBBC)

The winner will be announced at the BAFTA AWARDS CEREMONY on November 25th.

About Oban Star-Racers:

Oban Star-Racers chronicles the epic tale of the Great Race of Oban, an intergalactic racing competition which takes place every 10,000 years to determine the winner of a mysterious ultimate prize. The series central character, Molly, is a feisty teenage pilot determined to reunite with her father, race manager Don Wei, who abandoned her 10 years ago in tragic circumstances.

Created and developed by Savin Yeatman-Eiffel and his team from studio Sav! The World Productions, produced for the most part in Tokyo by Franco-Japanese teams, and put to music by renowned composers Yoko Kanno and Iwasaki Taku, Oban Star-Racers is a beautiful and touching adventure story, and a unique case of artistic collaboration between France and Japan.

The serialised story was designed for kids aged 7-12, but the quality of its animation and its rich universe and characters has also proven very popular with older teens and with anime fans of all ages. Oban received the Animeland Award for Best Non-Japanese Animation of 2006, awarded by the readers of Frances leading animation magazine, Animeland, as well as the EuroJap Award 2007 at Polymanga, which with 12.000 visitors is one of the largest anime conventions in Europe.

Sav! The World's directors, writer and designers have been resident in Japan for the whole production process combining Japanese 2D animation with European 3D animation. The French artists have been working hand in hand with the production team at anime studio and partner Hal Film Maker for over two years - the first time a collaboration with Japan takes place at such a high level.

The series aired successfully in more than 70 countries across Europe (France 3 in France, GMTV in the UK, Super-RTL in Germany where it is currently airing for the second time, soon on RAI in Italy and Antenna 3 in Spain…), America (ABC Family and Toondisney in the USA, the Family Channel in Canada…) and very unusually so for a French production in Asia (airs on NHK BS2 in Japan from October 6th 2007, soon on CCTV the Chinese market leader…), as well as on all the cable channels of Jetix in Europe, the Middle East, India and Latin America.

Created, written and produced by Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, directed by Savin Yeatman-Eiffel and Thomas Romain, Oban Star-Racers was developed and produced by Sav! The World Productions in co-production with Jetix Europe, and in association with the Japanese companies Bandai Visual and Hal Film Maker.

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Formed by writer-director and series creator Savin Yeatman-Eiffel, Sav! The World Productions produces and develops original high-end animation since 1998.

It is one of the very rare Western companies to have developed over the years a genuine production and co-production expertise with Japan.
For the series Oban Star-Racers (26x26'), already aired successfully in more than 70 countries, STW's directors, writer and designers have been resident in Japan for the whole production process and worked hand in hand with the production team of partner Hal Film Maker - the first time an artistic collaboration with Japan takes place at such a high level.

Outside of TV series, STW also produces animation commercials, such as the 2007 Nestle-Milo campaign in the Philippines as well as video games such as the game adaptations of Oban on mobile phone (just released) and for Nintendo DS (in production, planned release mid-2008).

Other previous productions include a wide array of animated works and short films including the award-winning Molly, Star-Racer (winner of a 2001 LEAF AWARD, nominated for Best Editing 2002 Imagina AWards) and the animated short film Squat, which was selected at more than 20 major international festivals (Annecy, Anima Mundi, NYUFR, VIFVF).


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