Italian animation house Mondo TV is teaming up with Toon2Tango, Ja Film and Ginger Pictures to co-produce the animated comedy-adventure Monster Loving Maniacs (52 x 11 minutes). The series is produced by Ja Film and Ginger Pictures. Mondo TV has acquired a 20% stake and will share worldwide distribution with Germany’s Toon2Tango.
In production now, Monster Loving Maniacs is presold to free-to-air broadcaster Super RTL (Germany). It follows the adventures of three kids who are monster hunters in-training, but they would much prefer to make friends with the creatures instead.
Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has picked up DinoCity from Paris-based distributor APC Kids, and will premiere the 2D-animated series in the UK and Ireland next April on its preschool channel Tiny Pop. Created by Russia’s Riki Group, the 52 x five-minute adventure toon is a co-pro with Animax Studio, and it follows a family of dinosaurs living in a modern city. APC Kids has already pre-sold the series to broadcasters including DeAKids (Italy), YLE (Finland) and Canal+ (Poland).
Canadian animation studio ToonDraw has signed several new broadcast deals for its 2D-animated series Genius Genie. Season one (78 x five minutes) was picked up by free-air broadcaster TVP ABC (Poland), and US streamers ToonGoggles, Cocoro and Ameba. The preschool series was produced in partnership with Canadian broadcasters Radio-Canada, Knowledge Network, Télé-Québec and TFO. Genius Genie flies along with a well-meaning but accident-prone Genie, who teams up with three kids to solve problems for everyone they encounter.
London’s Silvergate Media has inked new retail partnerships with Hot Topic and Forbidden Planet for Netflix preschool series Hilda (pictured) ahead of its season two premiere on December 14. In an exclusive deal, Hot Topic will launch a new line of apparel in North America, while UK retailer Forbidden Planet rolls out apparel and homeware in 2020 and 2021. Based on Luke Pearson’s graphic novels, Hilda first premiered on Netflix in September 2018. It tracks the adventures of a courageous young girl who discovers the hidden world of trolls.