Studio 100 and m4e have signed a deal with Turkey’s Fauna Production to exclusively distribute digital brand Kukuli. The German media companies hold the English-language rights and are also entitled to produce and distribute local versions.
Kicking things off, Studio 100/m4e are distributing the show on YouTube worldwide, except in Turkey where Fauna Production will continue to handle the brand.
Kukuli is one of the most popular fictional characters on Turkish Facebook with more than one million fans, as well as 500 million YouTube views on its Turkish channel. The 21 x 6.5-minute series based on the character already airs on Turkey’s national kids broadcaster TRT Cocuk. In addition, the L&M program includes more than 175 licensed products in Turkey.
The series follows a hyperactive monkey named Kukuli who likes to sing, dance and play the ukulele. Fauna has produced 21 x 4.5-minute episodes, as well as 21 x two-minute animated songs. Each song pairs with an episode which together make up a 6.5-minute episode, or they can be viewed separately. There are also six short episodes (between 40 and 90 seconds in length), and Fauna is currently in production on additional 26 x 6.5-minute episodes for a new season.
Studio 100 acquired a 68% stake in m4e in early 2017, in a deal that makes the combined entities one of the largest kids and family entertainment companies in Europe. More recently, the two signed a deal with Planeta Junior to expand their partnership with a distribution and co-production agreement. Together the companies will be collaborating on five new productions for Studio 100/m4e, as well as two productions for Planeta Junior.