Canadian distributor Bejuba! Entertainment has picked up the rights to sell preschool series Momo globally. Leading Chinese streamer iQIYI produces the 2D-animated show, which launched last year, and a second season is currently in development.
Momo (32 x five minutes) is set in an aquarium and stars a spontaneous young octopus and her not-so-adventurous father. Wang Huiyu, head of Wonderworks—iQIYI’s kids and animation division—created the series, and Bejuba! will now distribute it everywhere except China.
According to Bejuba!, iQIYI has more than 500 million monthly active users, and the company is at work on a consumer products program for Momo that includes publishing.
Momo is animated and produced in China by a team that includes creatives from the Netherlands and the US. Joost van den Bosch and Erik Verkerk, who run Rotterdam-based studio Ka-Ching Cartoon (George & Paul), are directors on the series, and American writer Mark Byers (Brightheart) pens the scripts.
Bejuba! also represents Monster Loving Maniacs (52 x 11 minutes) from Denmark’s JA Film and the upcoming series Lisa and Kolos (10 x 13 minutes) from Paris-based Melting Productions.