London-based CAKE has inked a global distribution deal with Brazil’s Copa for the studio’s comedy series Jorel’s Brother.
Under the agreement, CAKE has worldwide rights (excluding LatAm) to the adventure-comedy, which is co-produced with Cartoon Network LatAm. Jorel’s Brother (104 x 11 minutes) tracks a shy and nameless boy’s absurd escapades to become as popular as his infamous brother. Created by Juliano Enrico (Choque de Cultura), it’s aimed at kids ages eight to 11.
Jorel’s Brother is the first series Cartoon Network LatAm has produced, and it debuted in 2014. The show snagged an International Emmy nomination for best animated series in 2019, and has a fourth season scheduled to air in 2021.
CAKE also distributes Copa Studio’s 52 x 11-minute comedy Trunk Train,about an unusual bunch of animals who travel together on a train.
Brazil has become a hot spot for children’s animation in recent years. In the first round of this year’s International Kids Emmy Awards nominations, two of the 12 nominees were from Brazil (including Copa Studio, which received a nod for its series with National Geographic, Ico Bit Zip).
Netflix has been actively picking up content from the country recently, including Hype Animation’s Taina and the Amazon’s Guardians, 2D-animated Lottie Dottie Mini from Bromelia Productions, and two seasons of Birdo Studio/eOne co-pro Cupcake & Dino.