More than 11,000 TV and digital media executives gathered in Cannes, France, this week for the annual MIPTV television market, and L!G was there, covering what’s new and hot in TV. Here are the highlights.
Saban Brands’ “Julius Jr.” continues to do well with Disney Junior in Italy becoming the latest broadcaster to pick up the series, which is inspired by the Paul Frank brand. The partners expect to expand the partnership into additional countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the near future.
Planeta Junior showcased its new distribution partnership with DreamWorks Animation. The company will sell DWA’s TV content in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey.
In other DreamWorks news, the studio secured a range of new sales across Europe, the Middle East and Asia for the children’s series, “The Owl & Co.”
Among the broadcasters now signed on to air the show are Super RTL (Germany), DR (Denmark), Planeta Junior(Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus), MBC (Middle East), Minika Channel (Turkey), TVB (Hong Kong) and Cineplex (Thailand).
The 3D-CGI TV series is produced by Studio Hari in partnership with France Télévisions.
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment is bringing two of its animated series–“Ella the Elephant” and “Grojband”–to the U.K.
The preschool series “Ella the Elephant” has already begun airing on Tiny Pop, and the musical comedy series “Grojband” will launch on Pop later this month.
The Pokémon Company International debuted a new feature-length animated film Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction that features Ash, Pikachu and other classic Pokémon as well as those that made their debut in the “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y” video games.
The company also signed a slew of new broadcast and VOD partners: Fans in all Netflix territories have enjoyed classic Pokémon seasons and movies since March; Pokémon animation debuted on Hulu in the U.S. this February; and Russian free-to-air broadcaster 2X2 will begin airing “Pokémon the Series: XY” this September.
PGS Entertainment sold the new animated series inspired by the Playmobil toy brand, “Super 4,” to Cartoon Network in Italy and Latin America.
“Super 4” (52 x 11) was commissioned by France Télévisions and is produced by Method Animation and Morgan Studios. The series marks the first time the 40-year-old children’s brand has come to television.
And VIZ Media Europe signed several new broadcast partners as well as a licensing agent for its boys’ property Tenkai Knights in Benelux.
J&M Brands will represent the brand in the region and the series has been sold to Disney XD in the Netherlands, Club RTL in French-speaking Belgium and SBS in Dutch-speaking Belgium for this spring.
Here are some other headlines from the week:
- Mercis Plans CGI Miffy Series
- HIT Plans New ‘Bob the Builder’ Series
- Nick, Rainbow Plan More ‘Winx Club’
- Cartoonito, Netflix Buy ‘Justin Time’
- ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Heads to Germany
- Studio 100 Takes Kids’ Philosophy Series
- Nerd Corps Sells ‘Endangered Species’
- ‘Sendokai’ Sold in Yugoslavia Territories
- MIPTV: Popcornflix Arrives in Europe