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Zodiak locks in deals for Amazon’s kids shows

A handful of Prime originals, including Lost in Oz, Little Big Awesome and Tumble Leaf, have been scooped up by international broadcasters.
February 3, 2020

Banijay Group’s Zodiak Kids has been busy making deals with international broadcasters for several of the 17 series and specials it acquired from Amazon Prime Studio’s kids slate. Zodiak picked up the rights to those original titles back in 2018 after persistently lobbying Amazon for a few years to distribute its kids content internationally to broadcasters, according to Zodiak’s SVP of sales, acquisition and co-productions, Delphine Dumont.

This deal was locked in ahead of Amazon’s decision to step back from making original kids content, shifting focus instead on family co-viewing and young adult audiences last year.

Despite that shift in programming strategy, sales of the kids catalogue has continued on, as Zodiak sold animated show Lost in Oz to ABC (Australia), Disney Channel (Germany and Russia), France Télévisions, SVT (Sweden), RTS (Switzerland), Medialaan (Belgium), Nickelodeon (Benelux), Studio 100 (Germany), NRK (Norway), YLE (Finland), ETB (Spain), SIC K (Portugal), Noga (Israel), Tele Quebec (French Canada) and Discovery (Latin America), True Spark (Thailand), PTS (Taiwan), Global TV (Indonesia), Bravo Kids (Korea) and ViuTVsix (Hong Kong).

Nordic broadcaster SVT also picked up the rights for animated preschool series Little Big Awesome and live-action show Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street. Meanwhile, its neighboring broadcasters NRK and YLE picked up The Stinky and Dirty Show and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, respectively. YLE also snagged three Christmas specials.

European broadcasters made off with a few shows: SIC K (Portugal) picked up all three seasons of Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street and The Kicks, while  TV2 (Poland and Hungary) snagged Click, Clack Moo and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie on top of the aforementioned Lost in Oz. 

In the UK, CBBC picked up Little Big Awesome. ABC Australia also picked up the animated series, as has ViuTVsix (Hong Kong).

Canadian net Knowledge Network picked up more than 47 hours of Prime originals, including Creative Galaxy; Tumble Leaf; The Stinky and Dirty Show; If You Give a Mouse A Cookie; If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie; Click, Clack Moo: Christmas at the Farm; and The Snowy Day. Another Canadian broadcaster, TVA is going to broadcast The Kicks.

Zodiak has been busy lately, as the company also inked a co-production and international distribution deal with LA-based studio Bureau of Magic (which produces Lost in Oz) for new show Save the Legends!

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Alexandra Whyte is Kidscreen's News & Social Media Editor. Contact her at awhyte@brunico.com

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