On June 11, Disney issued a press release announcing a video sequel for the hit movie "Lilo & Stitch" and a new "Lilo & Stitch" Disney Channel TV series. Elvis was a special part of the story in the film and its soundtrack. How much presence the producers of the video sequel and TV series might want Elvis to have in these related projects remains to be seen. Our understanding is that they do expect the Elvis aspect to continue on some level. EPE has had formal communication with Disney about their interest in doing so and EPE has formally indicated an enthusiastic readiness to cooperate.
The video sequel, currently entitled Stitch! --The Movie, is slated for release in 2003 and will serve as a bridge between the feature film and the television series, currently under development with the working title of Stitch! -- The TV Series.
Stitch! -- the TV Series will become a global television franchise following its anticipated launch on Disney Channel in Fall 2003 when it rolls out on Disney Channels and Disney-branded TV programs throughout the world. There are currently 15 international Disney Channels and nearly 100 Disney-branded blocks of programming in 51 countries reaching 600 million television viewers worldwide.