PGS Entertainment announces pre-sales of ‘ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks,’ the new series from Bagdasarian Productions, to Germany’s SUPER RTL and Spain’s ATRESMEDIA TELEVISIÓN.
PARIS -- Germany’s SUPER RTL and Spain’s ATRESMEDIA TELEVISIÓN have pre-bought the rights to two seasons (104 episodes x 11 min) of the upcoming series ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks. The series is written, produced, voiced and directed by Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian of Bagdasarian Productions, owners of the Chipmunks franchise and producers of the previous hit 80‘s TV series and three blockbuster Chipmunks movies, in collaboration with OuiDO! Productions. ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks will debut on SUPER RTL and ATRESMEDIA’s “Neox Kidz” in early 2015. PGS Entertainment represents the series around the world, excluding the U.S. and France.
“Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks is one of the few all-time classics in animation, as it combines cool characters, funny stories and musical elements in a fantastic way. Both kids and their parents will love the fresh and modern touch Janice Karman and Ross Bagdasarian gave to them. The series is a perfect example for the great value of a classic brand,” says Carsten Göttel, Programme Director of SUPER RTL.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with PGS on such an amazing property as ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks. Neox Kidz is now, after only nine months on the air, the leading channel in Spain for kids 9-12 and the fastest-growing children’s channel in the country. We have acquired several of the most important upcoming franchises in the market and are sure that ALVIN will be a wonderful addition to our already very strong line-up," said José Antonio Antón, Director of Programming and Theme Channels, ATRESMEDIA.
Anticipation for the new ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks has been rapidly building since the new series was first previewed for buyers last fall and became the most-popular property at the Mip Jr. screenings. The series marks the first time in 20 years that the popular Chipmunk gang will have a regular TV series. Series creator Janice Karman redesigned the Chipmunks and Chipettes for their new CGI look, as well as wrote more than half the episodes. This new iteration of the classic franchise features all-new adventures for Alvin, Theodore, Simon, Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor, as well as a new original song in every episode.
“We continue to be absolutely overwhelmed by the response to our new series,” said Ross Bagdasarian. “Janice and I have put our hearts and souls into this new series and are so pleased to see that major broadcasters like SUPER RTL and ATRESMEDIA TELEVISIÓN are eager to share it with their viewers.”
“What’s so great about representing a franchise like the Chipmunks is its instant recognize-ability. Very seldom do you get the same people who produced a billion-dollar film franchise to head up a new TV series. We are honored to be working with Ross and Janice and are thrilled that broadcasters around the world are jumping on board for this series, ” said Philippe Soutter, President, PGS Entertainment.
ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks was commissioned by M6 in France and has also been licensed to Nickelodeon for more than 70 Nick channels around the world.
Source: PGS Entertainment
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.