Chinese distributor UYoung inked multiple deals with Tencent Video and MangoTV that will see a raft of kids content launch on the regional streamers. Tencent—boasting 90 million subscribers—picked up four shows, while MangoTV scooped up seven series for its 60 million subscribers.
Tencent signed agreements for TeamTO’s 78 x seven-minute animated series Mighty Mike (pictured); Sixteen South’s 50 x 12-minute show Claude; Cottonwood Media’s 52 x 11-minute preschool series The Ollie and Moon Show; and Danger Mouse, which is co-produced by Boat Rocker Studios and BBC Children’s Productions.
MangoTV, meanwhile, picked up the 44 x 11-minute STEM-focused preschool series Bitz & Bob from Boat Rocker Studios and BBC Children’s Productions; Studio Ghibli and The Astrid Lindgren Company’s 26 x 26-minute animated serial Ronja The Robber’s Daughter; Dot to Dot’s 50 x 15-minute art-focused series Get Squiggling; Giggle Garage’s 52 x 11-minute show Origanimals; the 52 x seven-minute School of Roars from Dot to Dot; Planet Nemo Animation and Tezuka Productions’ 52 x 11-minute eco-focused show Go Astro Boy Go!; and Herotainment’s 39 x seven-minute series Smighties.
These agreements come as more kidcos focus on distribution in China. Entertainment One recently bolstered its Family and Brands arm in the region with the appointments of former Pearl Studio GM Pengchong Xu as VP of licensing, and ex-Mattel marketing Head Frida Zhang as VP of marketing. Viacom International Media Networks, meanwhile, secured an expanded, multi-year Nickelodeon content deal for Mainland China with Chinese online entertainment company iQIYI.