Barcelona, Spain is home to newly created studio Peekaboo Animation, launched by former Edebe Audiovisual staffers Ivan Agenjo and Javier Galan. The new prodco will focus on the creation, development, executive production and distribution of children’s content.
Agenjo and Galan will serve as executive producer and creative director, respectively, and are aiming to deliver original IPs, as well as third-party content on a worldwide basis. Galan’s credits include work on titles from BRB Internacional, where he spent seven years, including Fantaghiro, Nicholas, Zip & Zap, Toonimals, Superbernard and The Invisible Man. At Edebe, Agenjo was most recently audiovisual manager, where he was responsible for the executive production and financing of shows.
Peekaboo’s flagship project is the 52 x 11-minute series I, Elvis Riboldi (pictured), a comedy for six to 11s based on the book series by Bono Bidari. The project, directed by Galán and scheduled to begin production in mid-2016, is a joint effort between Peekaboo Animation and two other Barcelona-based studios, Wuji House and Insomne Estudi.
On the third-party front, Peekaboo Animation will act also as executive producer on animation projects including Isi (52 x 11 minutes) by Iskra Karadzhova and Luis Ortas from Cinètica Produccions, which was pitched earlier this year at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France, and is still in an early development stage.
Within Peekaboo’s distribution catalog are recent productions from Edebe Audiovisual, such as Four And A Half Friends (26 x 24 minutes), which has just premiered on TV3 (Spain) and KiKA (Germany). Peekaboo also holds the distribution rights for Iberia and Latin America for the series.
Other titles in its back catalog include Never Ending Tales (26 x 10 minutes), Snails (39 x six minutes), Cocorico (52 x 13 minutes), Edebits (26 x 13 minutes) and Takat The Dog (52 x 2’40”).
Peekaboo is entering an ongoing shrinking animation sector underpinned by a still-uncertain Spanish economic climate, which has led to such high-profile closures as Cromosoma and D’Ocon Films in recent years.