CN Asia Pacific, Xilam to Co-Produce 'Oggy and the Cockroaches'

Cartoon Network Asia Pacific has entered into an exclusive co-production agreement with leading French animation studio, Xilam, to create season four of the hit animated comedy series: Oggy and the Cockroaches.

Press release from Cartoon Network Asia Pacific:

MIPTV -- CANNES -- Cartoon Network Asia Pacific has entered into an exclusive co-production agreement with leading French animation studio, Xilam, to create season four of the hit animated comedy series: Oggy and the Cockroaches. The co-production agreement reinforces Cartoon Network’s ongoing commitment to investing in premium quality animation to engage fans across the region.

First produced in 1999, the series is fast becoming a popular evergreen in Asia Pacific. This latest instalment of Oggy and the Cockroaches will comprise 26 half-hour episodes of fast, crazy and hilarious adventures, but this time with a brand new twist: Oggy is in love! For the first time ever, Oggy falls head over heels for newcomer Olivia, his pretty next door neighbour, while pesky roaches, Joey, Marky and Dee Dee do their best to wreak havoc on his home.

In addition to the new episodes, the order will also include some special episodes that will take Oggy and his mischievous roaches out of their regular episode format to feature them in new environments and situations. Xilam and Cartoon Network are particularly excited to be collaborating in order to produce a unique Indian-inspired special, something that will strike a particular chord with a well-established fan base in this territory.

Layla Lewis, Director, Programming, Acquisitions & Development, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc, said, “Oggy and the Cockroaches has a winning comedy formula that has made it hugely popular with kids in the Asia Pacific region. We’re thrilled to partner with Xilam Animation and to invest in the latest series, ensuring that Oggy and the Cockroaches becomes part of a formidable comedy line up on Cartoon Network Asia Pacific this year.”

Marc du Pontavice, Chairman and CEO, Xilam Animation said, “Oggy's worldwide success continues and we are delighted to announce that Cartoon Network is committed to being Oggy's Asia-Pacific broadcaster, as well as one of the major production partners for the brand new season. We believe that Cartoon Network will lead this unique animation property in its quest to gain the hearts of kids throughout the region.

Oggy and the Cockroaches: Season 4 will premiere on Cartoon Network across Asia Pacific in Q4 of 2012. Cartoon Network Asia Pacific has also acquired the rights to seasons one to three (65 x 30’) for the region.

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