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Friday, September 3, 1999 Published at 23:23 GMT 00:23 UK

UK: Wales

Welsh cartoon heads West

Miracle Maker cost $10m and took four years to make

A Welsh animation film has become the first British feature in nearly 20 years to be bought up by a US Network.

Miracle Maker has secured a lucrative deal in the USA
The 'Miracle Maker', the story of Jesus Christ, has been picked up by ABC who plan to air the movie on Easter Sunday 2000.

The production cost $10m and took four years to put together as part of a Welsh-Russian joint project.

It was commissioned by the Welsh fourth channel, S4C, by British Screen and the BBC.

A spokesman for S4C animation, Chris Grace, said the purchase of the British-made film by the Disney-owned network was the first of its kind since the Eighties.

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