Falcon’s Creative Group teams up with Eric Calderon on new Katmandu animated series

Falcon’s Creative Group, the entertainment design firm, is working with acclaimed animation executive Eric Calderon to create an animated series based on Katmandu IP.

Falcon’s Creative Group is pleased to announce that it has partnered with veteran animation executive and writer Eric Calderon in order to create a new animated series that will bring characters from Katmandu Parks to life.

The project will see Katmandu Group’s theme park intellectual property transformed into a new medium, continuing the company’s strong storytelling tradition.

The immersive world of Katmandu

The Katmandu brand presents a unique universe, with elements of interdimensional fantasy, steampunk and Himalayan influences. The brand is in the process of being simultaneously developed with new transmedia storytelling activations around the world, including immersive attractions and branded merchandise.

Katmandu Park & Resort in Mallorca, Spain, has been a popular destination since it opened to the public in 2013 and has entertained millions of guests from across the globe with its much-loved characters and immersive experiences.

“We are thrilled with the vision that Falcon’s has for expanding Katmandu’s IP and creating new forms of media that will have global reach,” says Scott Demerau, Chief Executive Officer of Katmandu Group, LLC.

“It’s also fantastic to see Eric Calderon recognize the strength of our IP as a standout from the crowd. As we at Katmandu, along with our partner, Meliá Hotels International, expand the Katmandu universe beyond our parks into a resort-style hotel brand, kids’ camps and themed experiences, we are incredibly excited to move forward with world-class animation development from these imaginative leaders.”

Bringing the brand to life

“Katmandu’s lore and strong storytelling foundation create the perfect jumping-off point to provide audiences with a new way to connect to their characters,” says Cecil D. Magpuri, President & Chief Creative Officer at Falcon’s.

“We are so thrilled to have Eric on board to push this forward. With his established industry background, we are firmly positioned to bring this fascinating universe to life.”

“I’m excited and honored to be part of this imaginative franchise,” adds Calderon, who has a 26-year long career working on many award-winning animated films and series, for both kids and adults. “It perfectly blends action and whimsy in a grounded family story, creating endless possibilities in animation.”

“The Katmandu formula enriches our world of family resorts, a segment where we are leaders,” says André Gerondeau, Chief Operating Officer of Meliá. “We are thrilled to keep growing together and to undertake initiatives like this project with Falcon’s and Eric Calderon, which will allow many more people worldwide to experience Katmandu’s storytelling.”

Katmandu Group and Meliá are also working on two new entertainment destinations in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Tenerife, Spain. Falcon’s is providing master planning, attraction design, 4D immersive ride experiences and next-generation interactivity for these new locations.

Earlier this year, Falcon’s Creative Group designed and implemented a turnkey augmented reality (AR) experience for Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.