Viacom International Studios is getting to work on two new kids shows announced at MIPCOM today, Goldie’s Oldies and Little Luban.
Live-action comedy series Goldie’s Oldies is the first-ever original commission made exclusively for Nickelodeon International’s channels and platforms outside of the US. Viacom’s in-house production arm Viacom International Studios UK is producing the 20 x 22-minute series. The story of teenager Goldie will be told throughout the show, starting with her family moving in with her Grandpa and his three roommates (all of whom are in their seventies).
Set to air next year, it begins filming in January in Manchester, using a number of local filming resources such as studios, equipment and locations. VIS UK’s move into children’s programming is being led by Jill Offman (pictured), the managing director of the studio.
Viacom International Media Networks, meanwhile, is partnering with Alibaba-owned streamer Youku for the new animated series Little Luban. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding for a multi-year content development and distribution partnership at MIPCOM today in Cannes.
Little Luban will focus on themes of friendship and teamwork, and elements of Chinese culture will be worked into the show’s story and visuals. The original production targets a kids audience but is also meant for family viewing. It will also be produced by Viacom International Studios, which will be responsible for all international content syndication, format sales and production activities for Viacom outside the US.
Youku and VIMN will also work together to develop and license a range of CP to support the show.