French studio Xilam Animation has closed a number of new distribution and multi-platform deals in China, India and Thailand.
Chinese distributor Jetsen Huashi TV has snapped up digital rights to the second season of slapstick comedy Zig & Sharko (pictured) following a successful first season on China’s online entertainment platform iQIYI. And Jetsen Huashi TV has also picked up the first two seasons of Xilam’s animated series A New Kind of Magic. Nickelodeon, meanwhile, acquired the third season of Zig & Sharko and renewed the show’s first two seasons in India.
In a deal secured by Chinese kids entertainment company UYoung, iQIYI will air preschool series Paprika and documentary If I Were an Animal. UYoung handles exclusive distribution rights for these series in the region.
Xilam also inked a package deal with Thai cable and satellite TV provider True Visions to air Paprika on its True Spark Play channel, along with Floopaloo, The Daltons and A New Kind of Magic on its True Spark Jump! channel.
These new Asia-Pacific deals come on the heels of Xilam appointing Celine Carenco as SVP of media distribution for the region. The company also secured a US$26-million funding boost from private investors to grow its original content slate and support new acquisition and co-production opportunities. Right now, the studio is producing 2D-animated series Coach Me if You Can, which has been presold to France 3 Ludo for a 2019 delivery.