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Def Leppard cartoon show in pipeline

Def Leppard
The band were huge in the 1980s on both sides of the Atlantic

British metal band Def Leppard are planning a cartoon TV show in the US starring themselves.

The group has entered a deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is also developing Def Leppard video games and mobile phone applications.

The animation project is still in the early stages and has not been pitched to TV networks yet, according to the head of Primary Wave, Larry Mestel.

There are no recording or touring plans in the pipeline, a band spokesman said.

The band toured North America earlier this year with Poison and Cheap Trick.

Rock royalty

The group's last album, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, debuted on the US pop chart at number five in May 2008 and in the UK chart at number 10.

It was the highest entry for the band on either chart since the 1990s.

Primary Wave will now administer Def Leppard's publishing rights although copyrights will continue to be owned the the songs' composers.

Def Leppard are best know for their albums Pyromania and Hysteria, which sold millions of copies in the 1980s.

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