It’s market season and the deals are flowing fast. We’ve got you covered with updates on some of the biggest stories in the industry.
Irish distributor Monster Entertainment has sold its content to a variety of international broadcasters. First off, Monster has sold Ireland prodco Pink Kong’s 2D-animated series Urban Tails (52 x two minutes) to kids SVOD platform Azoomee, Turkish entertainment company Fauna, and kids app Curious World. Commissioned by RTÉ and financed by Screen Ireland, every episode introduces a different animal through a hip-hop music video. Curious World and VOD platform Kidoodle.TV have picked up Cocoland. The 26 x five-minute educational comedy series is produced by Costa Rica’s Rocket Cartoons and teaches kids three- to six-year-olds how to perform different tasks while exploring their hometown.
Singapore’s One Animation has sold seasons two and three and a 22-minute Halloween special of its flagship series Oddbods to a flurry of international broadcasters. First up, Netflix picked up the second season (60 x seven minutes) of the non-dialogue series to launch globally January 2020. Turner LatAm and Spanish free-to-air channel TV3 Catalunya has picked up season three (60 x seven minutes) and the Halloween special Oddbods: Party Monsters, but no launch date has been announced yet. Italian train operator TrenItalia has boarded 10 x five-minute episodes of the series to screen on its on-board screen monitors and mobile app.
Meanwhile on the licensing front, Toronto-based producer Boat Rocker Studios has appointed Florida-based Jazwares as global master toy partner for its upcoming preschool series Dino Ranch (pictured). Under the agreement Jazwares holds the rights to design and produce a range of toys across figure, plush, playsets, role play, vehicles and musical instrument categories. Jazwares plans to launch the new products in 2021 to align with premiere on Disney Junior US in 2021. Dino Ranch is an animated action-adventure series produced by Toronto prodcos Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios. The 52 x 11-minute series, aimed at kids two- to five-years-old, looks at the Cassidy family who live in a Wild West setting where dinosaurs still roam.
Nickelodeon has partnered with indie fashion label Band of Boys to produce apparel inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand. Nickelodeon’s Australian licensing agent Haven Global closed the deal, and under the agreement the fashion label will produce t-shirts, shorts, hats, backpacks, and—for the first time ever for Band of Boys—socks and underwear. The range is available now on Band of Boys’ website.
Brit prodco Magic Light Pictures has appointed Italian company Mondo TV as the licensing agent in Italy, Spain and Portugal for the popular book-based brand The Gruffalo. Mondo TV will be responsible for closing toy, apparel, gifting, homeware, food and digital product deals in the regions. Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the book about a mouse that outwits a creature trying to eat it launched 20 years ago and has since racked up 24 million copies sold in 78 languages.