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Disney US makes a ‘Miraculous’ deal

Seasons one and two of ZAG's popular animated series will begin airing on the US kidsnet today, following success in Europe.
April 8, 2019

Disney Channel US has acquired first two seasons of LA-based animation studio ZAG’s Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir to begin airing today. Developed by Jeremy Zag, Thomas Astruc and Nathanaël Bronn, the animated series is a top-rated show across Disney Europe, where it is on the third season.

Co-produced by Zagtoon, Method Animation, Toei Animation, De Agostini Editore and SAMG, seasons four and five are already in the works. Each season is 26 x 22-minutes and traces the adventures of two typical teens with secret identities who fight the evil that threatens Paris.

Miraculous is available in more than 120 countries worldwide, including in the US on Netflix. All three seasons were picked up by the streamer in late 2016 and premiered in 2017.

The move to Disney Channel US follows Skydance Media acquiring the live-action film and TV rights to ZAG’s series, with plans to develop and produce the first adaptions by 2020. The property is also popular with licensors: Last year, it received a cross-category Amazon store last year that features toys, stationery, appeal and publishing. It was also adapted for the stage, with ZAG starting a 15 city US tour based on the superhero property in March.

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