Disney Channels EMEA has commissioned three new series—101 Dalmatian Street, Gigantosaurus and Space Chickens In Space—while simultaneously picking up more seasons of PJ Masks and Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir.
The announcement marks the 20th anniversary of Disney Channel France, and gave Disney Channels EMEA SVP and GM Helene Etzi a chance to reaffirm her commitment to developing original programs and seeking out locally produced content. (The broadcaster currently has 11 series in production and more than 300 new half-hour episodes set to air over the next two years, including Trulli Tales, Claude, Furry Wheels, Sadie Sparks and Best Bugs.)
101 Dalmatian Street is an original animated series based on the 1956 novel by Dodie Smith and the 1961 Walt Disney film One Hundred and One Dalmatians. It is a fresh take on the two classics and will follow 101 dogs living by themselves without a human owner. It takes place in 21st-century London and features eldest canine siblings Dylan and Dolly and their parents, with the other 97 pups playing a supporting role. The 48 x 11-minute series, along with two x 22-minute specials, are based on a pitch from Finland-based Gigglebug Entertainment’s Anttu Harlin and Joonas Utti. It is being developed by Disney’s original animation team in London along with UK -based Passion Animation Studios. 101 Dalmatian Street will roll out on Disney Channels worldwide next fall.
Produced by Cyber Group Studios, Gigantosaurus is based on the book by author and illustrator Johnny Duddle. The series follows four dinosaur friends as they explore a prehistoric world and search for the mysterious Gigantosaurus. The toon will air on Disney Junior worldwide in 2019, and has been presold to France Televisions (France) and Super RTL (Germany).
Space Chickens In Space is a surreal new animated comedy commissioned by Disney XD EMEA and Channel 9 Australia. The Anima Estudios, CAKE, Studio Moshi and Gingerbread co-pro is designed and directed by Norwegian twins Tommy and Markus Vad Flaaten. The 52 x 11-minute show and 11 x two-minute shorts follow three chickens who are taken from their homes and enrolled in an elite intergalactic military academy. The series will make its debut in 2018.
In terms of returning series, Disney EMEA has picked up the second and third seasons of eOne and Frogbox-produced PJ Masks. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir has also been renewed for second and third seasons. The series is commissioned with TF1 and produced by Method Animation and Zag Toon.
The Disney Channels EMEA portfolio currently spans 117 countries and nearly 159 million households.