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We're a week away from MIPCOM and a number of prodcos across the globe are locking down pre-market deals before heading to Cannes.
September 28, 2009

We’re a week away from MIPCOM and a number of prodcos across the globe are locking down pre-market deals before heading to Cannes.

The Jim Henson Company has brought on a trio of new broadcasters for CGI-animated series Dinosaur Train, including Nickelodeon Australia, Al Jazeera (Middle East) and Spain’s Selecta Vision, which has also taking home entertainment and merch rights in the territory.

BRB Internacional will also be on hand with Zookaboo (104 x two minutes). A co-pro with Screen 21, it’s the first series to use 3-D stereoscopic technology in which the viewer wears special glasses. The preschool series, in cooperation with French design studio Image In, is a combination of real images and 3-D HD animation set in a guessing game format and will be available for broadcast at the end of 2010. BRB handles all the rights for Zookaboo globally (except in France and the Middle East), and will be presenting a pilot ep at MIP.

Meanwhile, Aardman Animations is making its way down the live-action path with Men in Coats, its first non-animated series. The 13 x 15-minute slapstick visual comedy targets girls and boys ages seven to 11. Based on the stage show of the same name created by Mick Dow, CBBC and WDR are already on board as co-pro partners for a pilot ep, which is in pre-production.

Men in Coats is one of two live-action shows on Aardman’s slate, as the prodco is also producing Wallace & Gromit present: A World of Invention. The brand new six x 29-minute series has been commissioned by BBC One, which takes a humorous look at real-life contraptions, gadgets and inventions. It’s set for a late 2010 broadcast.

Decode Enterprises is also heading to Cannes, armed with preschool and live action fare, including dirtgirlworld (52 x 11 minutes) and Poppetstown (52 x 11 minutes or 26 x 22 minurtes) and tween live-action series How to Be Indie, sketch comedy show That’s So Weird (13 x half-hours). New eps of Grandpa in My Pocket, Animal Mechanicals and Bo on the GO! will also be available.

And Irish prodco Straandlooper has teamed up with Dublin-based Monster Distributes to produce a new half-hour special based on preschool series Lifeboat Luke (52 x five minutes) series, slated for a fall/winter 2010 delivery.

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