Cyber Group sells 10 series, expands to film distribution

The prodco is making its foray into film distribution with Iqbal, while also selling a raft of series to global broadcasters and SVODs.
October 17, 2016

As Cyber Group Studios makes its foray into feature film distribution, the French prodco has also been busy striking deals with broadcasters and digital platformsincluding Netflix, Amazon and Hulufor more than 10 series in its catalog.

The company has sold 300 half-hours of content to Amazon India. Launching this fall on the SVOD are Zorro The Chronicles (26 x 22 minutes), Mini-Ninjas (52 x 11minutes), Ozie Boo (78 x seven minutes, 52 x two minutes), Tales of Tatonka (52 x 13 minutes) and three seasons of Zou (156 x 11 minutes, pictured). The latter has also sold to Hulu and Hulu Latino, with third season presales made by Télé-Quebec (Canada), Daewon (south Korea), RTVE-CLAN (Spain) and Wekids (Great China).

In France, Cyber Group has also sold Zou and Zorro The Chronicles to TF1′s TFou Max and Canal Play.

Sales to Netflix include The long Long Holiday, an animated series from Les Armateurs and Blue Spirit Studio that gives historical context to World War Two through the eyes of children.

In terms of additional presales, The Pirates Next Door (52 x 11 minutes), a comedy series based on the book by Jonny Duddle, is heading to France Télévisions, SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway) and AB Svensk (Scandinavia).

Mirette Investigates (52 x 11 minutes), a detective comedy for kids produced for TF1 and Canal + (France), WDR (Germany) and TV3 Catalunya (Spain), has been presold to TeleTOON + (Poland), Minimax (Eastern Europe) and RTS (Switzerland), which join the series’ first pre-buyers VRT (Belgium) and Studios 100 (Germany).

As for Zorro The Chronicles, which is produced by Cyber Group in collaboration with Zorro Production International, the series has been picked up by a range of new broadcasters including RTVE (Spain), Kika (Germany) , SVT (Sweden), DR (Denmark), AB Svensk (Scandinavia), Latvian TV(Lithuania), AL Jazeera (Middle East), Thai PBS (Thailand), Daewon (South Korea) and Vietcontent (Vietnam).

The sales come on the heels of Cyber Group extending its distribution slate to include animated feature films.

And the company is making its foray into film distribution with Iqbal, Tale of a Fearless Child. Developed with sponsorship from UNICEF, the film from 2d3D Animations and Montparnasse Productions is based the book by Francesco D’amano that was inspired by the true story of a young Pakistani hero named Iqbal Masih. The book was published in more than 30 territories worldwide, and the film was released in French theaters in August.

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