Children’s content producer and distributor Moonbug has acquired soccer-themed comic and animated series Supa Strikas, with plans to produce new episodes for 2020.
Centering around the world’s best soccer team as they travel the globe and outer space to win a prized trophy, the brand originally launched as a comic book published by South African publisher Strika Entertainment, before expanding into an animated show. The 78 x 22-minute action comedy TV series was then produced by Malaysian animation studio Animasia and skews towards boys seven- to 11-years-old. It first bowed in 2009 and has since spanned six seasons that are available in more than 100 countries and 27 languages worldwide. The show has been picked up by a number of international broadcasters, including DisneyXD (UK and Africa), Nickelodeon’s Sonic channel (India), Mediacorp Suria (Singapore), SIC K (Portugual) and Zoom (Israel).
As part of the acquisition, Moonbug is in production with the South African creative team on the show’s seventh season, as well as soccer-themed spin-offs, all of which will be distributed internationally by Moonbug.
As Moonbug builds up its kids content acquisitions, the company plans to invest in growing this property and capitalizing on the international popularity of soccer, says Moonbug’s head of the America’s Andy Yeatman. He hopes to expand the brand beyond just boys, and sees an opportunity to create a show about a women’s soccer team since the sport is also popular among young girls.
“The series has run for six seasons and has proven that it can resonate with kids,” says Yeatman. “There aren’t a lot of traditional broadcasters making soccer-themed content so we see a definite white space in the market for this series.”