9 Story Distribution
9 Story Distribution is bringing 3D-animated series Dr. Panda to a bunch of new international broadcast platforms. The first season (39 x seven minutes) of this preschool series from Giggle Garage and Spider Eye has been picked up by Carousel (Russia), True Visions (Thailand), Somos-TV (Spain), Mola TV (Indonesia) and WOW Unlimited (Canada).
Dr. Panda helps his friends solve unusual situations with creativity and teamwork. A second season of the show is in production, with delivery expected in fall 2021.
Herschend Entertainment Studios is laying tracks with European buyers for Chuggington: Tales from the Rails (52 x 10 minutes). New broadcasters to pick up the train-centric animated series for preschoolers include CBeebies (UK), RTÉ (Ireland), TF1 (France), Super RTL (Germany) and TVP ABC (Poland). These platforms will begin debuting the series in early 2021.
Chuggington: Tales from the Rails revolves around a trio of trainee trains who have new adventures as they explore their world. Along with the animated series, Herschend is rolling out a 26 x two-minute live-action/animated Discover Chuggington: All Aboard! short series that shows real kids interacting with the Chuggington world and characters.
French animation studio Millimages has inked new broadcast and licensing deals in LatAm for its preschool series Molang.
Viacom’s on-demand service Pluto TV will start streaming the show across LatAm in January 2021, and Millimages has teamed up with public transportation system Métro de México and ISA TV in Mexico on a Christmas campaign to lead into the premiere. On the CP front, stationery licensee Dipak is creating calendars that will launch in December, while Union Kids works on an apparel line for Walmart, Grupo Control and Soriana in spring and summer 2021.
Molang (156 x three minutes) stars an enthusiastic rabbit and a shy little chick, and has previously been picked up by Disney LatAm, Cartoonito (UK) and VRT (Belgium).
Bulldog Licensing has inked a consumer products deal with Cloudco Entertainment for animated series Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese. The UK-based licensing agency will build a CP program for the series that includes children’s apparel, accessories, publishing, puzzles and games, stationery and homewares. Bulldog is the show’s first licensing partner.
With an eclectic mix of characters, Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese targets kids ages six to 12 and focuses on overcoming differences and learning to live together. Season one airs on CBBC and the BBC’s iPlayer in the UK, and French kidsnet Gulli ordered a second season in June 2019.
Korean producer Studio TNT has tapped Meta Media Entertainment as worldwide distributor for its new animated series Hero Circle (pictured). The 26 x 11-minute series, which was first pitched at Asian Animation Summit in 2018, launched in August on Korean broadcaster EBS.
Hero Circle revolves around a school club for kids who are just starting to develop their superpowers and have a lot to learn about becoming heroes and being themselves. The action-comedy is aimed at kids ages seven and up, and has previously been picked up by Korean streaming service WAVVE and South Korean cable channel Tooniverse.