US pay cable network TheSundance Channel has picked up two features and 10 shorts by the animator BillPlympton for broadcast in a May spotlight on the film-maker's work.

"Get to Know: Bill Plympton"will present the US television premiere of his animated sci-fi feature MutantAliens as well as his first feature TheTune, a comedy musical, along with ahost of new and vintage shorts from 1987 to 2003 including 25 Ways To QuitSmoking, Can't Drag Race WithJesus and How To Kiss.

The deal was negotiated forSundance Channel by Christian Vesper, vice president of acquisitions atSundance Channel Home Entertainment, and for Plympton Studios by CatherineBranscome, president of Branscome International, with Jim Arnoff of The ArnoffCompany as co-agent on the deal.

Plympton began his career asan illustrator and cartoonist and rose to prominence with his syndicatedpolitical cartoon Plympton. He marked his arrival in the film world with the1987 short Your Face, whichearned an Academy Award nomination.

New York-based BranscomeInternational is a foreign distributor in the video and television markets andexecutive produces animation series with equity investors and Asian andEuropean co-production partners.