With its recent US$35.3 million acquisition by Gaumont, Paris-based toonhouse Alphanim is looking to expand its output and enter the world of full-length feature animation and live-action children’s programming.
‘There will be more development in feature film areas,’ says Alphanim founder Christian Davin. ‘Our first feature Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure will be followed up by other full-length CGI features in the next year.’
Davin explains that the sale happened at break-neck speed, taking about six weeks from the start of negotiations to signing the final deal memo. That said, any possible restructuring will take more time, as the staff and management structure of Alphanim prior to the acquisition will remain in tact.
The prodco is looking to shake up its output, however, and is mulling over getting into kid-skewing live-action programming for the first time.
‘It’s something new for us, for sure,’ says Davin. ‘We aren’t there yet, but it’s something we see happening in the future now thanks to the deal.’ At the same time, he says Alphanim won’t be slowing down on animated series production to accommodate the new directions, and will continue to produce five toon series a year.
Davin also plans to tap into Gaumont’s distribution expertise to further sales of existing Alphanim properties such as Galactik Football and Robotboy.