Master thief Carmen Sandiego is still on the loose, but WildBrain has captured global linear distribution rights to the 2D-animated series produced by HarperCollins Productions for Netflix, and has already signed a major broadcast deal.
Disney has bought the first four seasons (33 x 30 minutes) to air on its linear channels in Japan and France. Caroline Tyre, WildBrain’s VP of global sales and rights, says her team is also working on deals with other broadcasters in New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland and China.
This new distribution deal builds on an existing relationship between HarperCollins Productions and WildBrain, which already represents ’90s series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (40 x 30 minutes). And its CPLG licensing agency manages consumer products for the Carmen Sandiego brand.
In her newest show, a young Carmen uses her skills to foil the plans of evil organization V.I.L.E. with help from her chief accomplice and friend Player. They travel the world pulling off a string of international capers, robbing V.I.L.E. of its precious treasures and antiques and returning them to their rightful owners. The series launched on Netflix in 2019.
“Carmen Sandiego has appealed to multiple generations over the years, building a long-lasting emotional connection with consumers,” says Jasen Wright, WildBrain CPLG’s VP of North America. “As we expand the IP into new categories and spaces, such as games, collectibles, location-based entertainment, fashion,consumables and beauty, we will be harnessing the themes of empowerment, self-expression and exploration to bring it to existing and new audiences.”
Netflix also ordered a live-action Carmen Sandiego feature film in 2018. Exploring the master thief’s origin story, it’s still in development and will be produced by HarperCollins Productions.