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Phil Roman Entertainment Partners with Atomic Cartoons on "Atomic Betty"

New half-hour animated TV series (August 15, 2001)
Six-time Emmy winner Phil Roman and his Studio City, Calif.-based Phil Roman Entertainment company recently signed a co-production agreement with Atomic Cartoons of Vancouver, B.C. to develop and produce the original property "Atomic Betty," a new half-hour animated TV series about a little girl with a big secret.

"We are extremely excited to be working with Phil Roman on 'Atomic Betty.' Phil is an animation guru and his experience will surely make an already great property even better," said Samantha Daley, Atomic Cartoons Producer. "The show follows the imaginary adventures of Atomic Betty, the outer-space alter-ego of a young stay-at-home girl named Betty. Even though Atomic Betty is based on a girl, we feel the show will reach both genders because it follows one little girl's way of dealing with the unfamiliar and sometimes difficult world of childhood."

Roman said, "All of us at Phil Roman Entertainment are excited about our new association with the young, energetic and talented team at Atomic Cartoons. We are delighted to be working on 'Atomic Betty,' a project that is both unique and distinctive."

Roman formed his new animation company in 1999, after departing Film Roman, a company he founded 14 years earlier. He began his career in 1955 at the Walt Disney Studios. Afterwards, he worked for Warner Bros. Cartoons, and this was followed by stints with a string of other major animation companies including MGM Animation, UPA Film, Bill Melendez' production company, and Ralph Bakshi's company. He has served as Executive Producer of "The Simpsons," "King of the Hill," and the "Garfield" series and specials, and has directed numerous "Charlie Brown" features and TV specials. Roman also produced and directed the full-length animation feature, "Tom and Jerry: The Movie," for Miramax and Turner.

Phil Roman Entertainment has delivered a Warner Home Video Christmas video, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," and "Christmas in Gaudinia." Three classic RKO films, "Sinbad the Sailor," "Blackbeard the Pirate," and "The Fourth Musketeer," as well as three other films to be selected from RKO's vast library, will be jointly developed and produced by Phil Roman Entertainment and RKO as feature length animated films.

The fully Canadian owned Atomic Cartoons was founded by Directors Trevor Bentley, Mauro Casalese, Olaf Miller and Emmy winner Rob Davies in 1999 and has since seen much success. The four have directed a multitude of animation projects and provided pre-production on over 100 half hours of television animation including Warner Brothers' "The Zeta Project," Film Roman's "The Oblongs" and Nelvana's "Pelswick." Atomic has also produced numerous internet projects for the likes of Mondo Media and WB Online. Atomic Cartoons is one of Vancouver, Canadašs premier animation studios. Examples of Atomic's work can be found at

"Atomic Betty" was negotiated for Phil Roman Entertainment by the firm's Vice President, Rick Ramirez and for Atomic Cartoons by Cheryl Nelson of Wyman, Isaacs, Blumenthal & Lynne of Los Angeles, California.

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