Zodiak Kids’ Tele Images has started production on the CGI sports animated series Extreme Football.
The series is co-produced with Italian studio Maga Animation, the company behind Disney’s new animated series Winnie the Pooh, and has already been pre-sold to France Télévisions (for France 3), Lagardère (for Gulli and Canal J) and Rai Fiction (for Rai 2 and Gulp). Delivery of the 39 x 26-minute episodes will start this fall and will roll out completely by the end of 2014.
Extreme Football will be accompanied by a web presence and mobile app co-produced by Lagardère and France Télévisions, as well as a collection of novels (Hachette), comic books (Soleil) and activity booklets. The licensing rights are handled in France by France Televisions Distribution.
Other sports-themed series developed by Tele Images Production include Street Football and The Basketeers. (The studio is also behind the animated series Atomic Betty).
Pre-production, compositing and post-production will be handled by Tele Images in France, the layout by Maga animation in Italy, while animation will be executed by 2D3D studios in France and XYZ Animation in China.