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Deals of the Week: ACTF, 9 Story, Cartoon Network

Mechamoto races to linear, Sullivan Sails casts off for Ireland, preschool series snag distributors, and KiKA plays Hardball.
October 9, 2020

Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network is revving up Malaysian studio Monsta’s new action-comedy Mechamoto (pictured) to air across APAC in Q4 2021. The kidsnet has greenlit the 26 x 22-minute animated series, which follows a young boy with the power to turn any object into a high-tech device.

Mechamoto is available for pre-sales, with VOD, OTT and free-TV rights available. Monsta has also produced a feature-length movie for the brand.

RTÉjr

Irish broadcaster RTÉjr has ordered Distillery Films’ 26 x seven-minute series Sullivan Sails to broadcast in fall 2021. The preschool adventure casts off with explorer Sullivan and a talking fox named Benji, who dream up new places to travel to. Ireland’s Distillery Films will start producing the series early next year.

Jetpack 

Jetpack Distribution has picked up worldwide rights to Green Gold Animation’s Netflix original series Mighty Little BheemJetpack acquired season one (21 x 5.5 minutes) and two (28 x 5.5 minutes), as well as three six-minute specials. The London-based distributor has global pay-TV, free-to-air, catch-up and in-flight rights to the non-dialogue preschool series. As a Netflix original, Mighty Little Bheem launched in 190 countries in 2019, and more than 27 million households streamed the show worldwide last year, according to Jetpack. A spinoff of Green Gold’s Chotta Bheem series, it follows a super-strong toddler who gets into all sorts of mischief in his Indian hometown.

CAKE

London-based distributor CAKE has inked a deal to distribute preschool series Tish Tash from Studio Gale, August Media Holdings, Synergy88 Entertainment and Karrot EntertaimentThe 52 x five-minute animated adventure follows a young bear named Tish, her family, and her imaginary friend Tash as they take on life’s daily challenges. The series first debuted on South Korean broadcaster EBS in September. CAKE has worldwide distribution rights, excluding Greater China, Korea and Japan.

9 Story Distribution International

Fred Rogers Productions has appointed 9 Story Distribution International as the global distributor for its puppet series Donkey Hodie. 

Produced by Spiffy Pictures and Fred Rogers Productions, this 80 x 11-minute series is set to premiere in the US on PBS KIDS in 2021. The preschool comedy tracks puppet Donkey Hodie and her animal friends as they navigate everyday problems with humor and friendship. It’s created by Spiffy Pictures’ Adam Rudman and David Rudman, and developed by Ellen Doherty, chief creative officer at Fred Rogers. This distribution deal follows on the heels of Fred Rogers Productions naming 9 Story Brands as worldwide licensing and merchandising partner for the brand (excluding the US).

ACTF

Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) has sold Northern Pictures’ comedy Hardball to German free-to-air kids channel KiKA. The 13-episode live-action comedy was produced for Aussie pubcaster ABC Me with financing from Screen Australia, ACTF, ABC Television and Create NSW.

Hardball revolves around a kid who moves from New Zealand to Sydney, Australia, where he’s thrust into his new school’s ultra-competitive handball games. It has already been picked up by France Télévisions.

A second season is in production in Sydney and will be available in the first half of 2021.

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