WarnerMedia has picked up Indian prodco Cosmos-Maya’s comedy series Dabangg to launch on Cartoon Network India later this year. The 104 x 30-minute animated adventure stars a goofy police officer who fights crime with his entourage. WarnerMedia’s Indian kids channels have been building out their catalogue of locally made originals recently, and last year greenlit Cosmos-Maya comedies Titoo and Lambuji Tinguji. Disney+ Hotstar acquired the SVOD rights to Dabangg last year.
German broadcaster Super RTL has acquired Toon2Tango’s CG-animated series Agent 203 (pictured) and plans to launch it in 2022. The 26 x 22-minute sci-fi adventure for kids ages six to 10 is a co-production with Italy’s Mondo TV. Mondo and Toon2Tango are working together to manage worldwide distribution for the show, which centers around teenager Zoe, who becomes an intergalactic secret agent to protect Earth from an alien invasion.
Singapore-based distributor Bomanbridge Media has taken mixed-media series Odd Squad into China for the first time. Chinese broadcaster Tencent has picked up the first season (80 x 11 minutes) of the live-action/CG-animated comedy series that’s co-produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and Fred Rogers Productions, but hasn’t set a launch date yet.
Odd Squad revolves around a team of young agents who solve wacky problems using their knowledge of science and math.
Italian pubcaster Rai has picked up season one (52 x 11 minutes) of Belfast-based Paper Owl Films’ animated preschool series Pablo from distributor CAKE. The charming show revolves around a young autistic character’s adventures using magic crayons to make animals and creations so he can better understand the world around him. Pablo is produced by Paper Owl Films, Kavaleer Productions and Ingenious for CBeebies and RTÉJr, and it received funding from Northern Ireland Screen and BAI. Since its launch in 2017, the show has been acquired by broadcasters all over the world, including Mango TV (China), Nat Geo Kids Latin America, Universal Kids (US) and Netflix (multiple territories).
UK-based distributor Beyond Rights has been brought in to manage Saffron Cherry Productions’ mixed-media series The World According to Grandpa (25 x 11 minutes). Channel 5′s Milkshake! block ordered the show that sees Grandpa and a motley crew of friendly puppets answering questions, telling stories and cracking jokes with kids. It targets three- to-seven-year-olds and premiered in the UK in November.
Beyond has also inked broadcast deals for a handful of other series in its catalogue. Disney Japan has picked up all three seasons of Netflix original Beat Bugs (78 x 11 minutes), along with a 45-minute special. This musical show uses Beatles songs to encourage and teach kids various lessons about growing up.
In Australia, the ABC has acquired educational comedy The Wacky Word Show (13 x 30 minutes), which teaches kids about language. And US broadcaster BYU will air season two of CBBC’s Gym Stars (20 x 30 minutes), about young gymnasts who train hard and travel to compete.
Ceska Televize (Czech Republic) has licensed the first two seasons of CBBC’s The Dengineers (22 x 30 minutes), a series for six to 11s that follows a team of builders who make kids’ dream hideaways in real life. Israeli channel Hop and Daekyo Kids TV in South Korea have both picked up CBeebies preschool titles Hushabye Lullabye (10 x three minutes), with Hop also acquiring second season of Open Mind Productions’ Numberjacks (20 x 15 minutes), starring superhero numbers who solve problems with their human friends. And Hop has renewed its license for a 45-minute Numberjacks special.
Radio Television Malaysia will air Netflix original Motown Magic (13 x 11 minutes), which features a compendium of Motown classic hits. And Hong Kong Cable Television has picked up all four seasons of Junior Vets (40 x 30 minutes) and all three seasons of The Dengineers (37 x 30 minutes).