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Turner Broadcasting Acquires Moonscoop’s Chloe’s Closet

Turner Broadcasting has acquired UK TV and licensing and merchandising rights to magical preschool series Chloe’s Closet from Moonscoop.

Press Release from Turner Broadcasting

London, 26 May 2011 – Turner Broadcasting has acquired UK TV and licensing and merchandising rights to magical preschool series Chloe’s Closet from Moonscoop.  The series is set to debut on Turner Broadcasting’s popular preschool channel, Cartoonito, this summer.

Chloe’s Closet is produced in high-definition 2D animation by Mike Young Productions Ltd., in association with Moonscoop, LLC, Wales Creative IP Fund, KI.KA/ARD, , Work Out Factory B.V., and Telegael. The Chloe’s Closet television production received funding from European Community – “Media 2007” Programme.

Chloe’s Closet (52x11’) currently airs in key territories around the world including France where it is broadcast on France 5 and Playhouse Disney; the US on PBS Kids Sprout, Mediaset in Italy, Channel One in Russia and in Germany on KI.KA. Other international broadcast platforms include: ITV in the UK; the Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney in Spain; CBeebies Latin America; HOP Channel in Israel; Zebra in Romania; Disney Channels Australia and South East Asia; oktv (previously TV12) in Singapore; Chutti TV, Sun TV’s children’s channel in India; Cyprus Broadcasting; MBC3 in Middle East,  TFO in Canada,. S4C in Wales, EBS and KTH in South Korea, MTV OY in Finland, NRK in Norway, Thai Broadcasting in Thailand, and ATV in Turkey.

A number of licensees are already on board including Bandai America Incorporated as the global master toy licensee. Bandai and its international affiliates will roll out a series of playsets, role-play toys, and activity and craft sets initially in the US, Spain, the UK, France, Benelux and Germany.

In addition, Dragon d’Or Editions (Editis Group) has been signed up to publish a set of small story books in France, joining further licensees for the territory: Sun City (apparel); TM (bags back-to-school and permanent) and Evasion Communication (character costumes). El Ocho has been appointed Spanish licensing agent.

Chloe’s Closet follows the fun-filled adventures of an adorable, imaginative little girl named Chloe who discovers magical new worlds while playing dress-up in her closet. With each new costume Chloe tries on, she is swept up in a fantastical journey with her best friend and constant companion, her security blanket named Lovely Carrot. Chloe’s exploits also encourage the audience to celebrate how delightful it is to be a little kid embarking upon a fabulously fun and fearless, anything-can-happen journey.

Gary Finnegan, UK Director of Programming, Turner Broadcasting says: “Chloe’s Closet is a charming animated series which fits perfectly with the Cartoonito promise to inspire, stimulate imagination and above all to entertain and have fun.  A fantastic stable mate to popular shows including Fireman Sam, Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears, we’re delighted that Chloe’s Closet is coming to Cartoonito.” Graham Saltmarsh, UK Licensing Director, Turner CN Enterprises adds: “We’re excited to have picked up the UK licensing and merchandising rights for this delightful new show, as we continue to grow our preschool portfolio.  Loveable characters, fantastical themes and adventure – Chloe’s Closet has all the hallmarks for success at retail.”

About CartoonitoCartoonito is a preschool channel where young children can explore their world in a fun and imaginative way. Cartoonito airs an array of exciting preschool programmes including the new-look Fireman Sam, Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears, a UK-made version of Hi-5; and exclusive UK commissions Cartoonito Karaoke, Go and Get a Grown Up and Go and Be a Grown Up.  Six cute animated characters called the Cartoonitos introduce shows on the channel. Cartoonito broadcasts daily from 4am until 8pm, and includes day parted programming designed to reflect the lives of preschoolers and their parents. Cartoonito is operated by Turner Broadcasting System Europe, a Time Warner Company.

In the UK Cartoonito is available on Sky 619 and Virgin Media 706. www.cartoonito.co.uk

About MoonscoopMoonscoop is a leading worldwide kids production, distribution, brand management and entertainment company, focused on producing original projects and building brands with international appeal and longevity. Its rights library combines many of the most successful programs and best-loved animated creations in the global television market and includes over 3,000 half-hours of programming airing in more than 160 territories worldwide. Key brands include “Tara Duncan”, “The Davincibles”, “Super Sportlets,  "Code Lyoko," "Fantastic Four," "Titeuf" (Tootuff) the Series and  Feature Film, “Chloe’s Closet.” , “Pet Alien”, “Hero:108”,  “Dive Olly Dive!” “Geronimo Stilton”  and "Casper" which are licensed in markets around the world. Moonscoop’s production slate currently includes “Hero:108 Season 2”, , “Geronimo Stilton Season2”, “Casper  Season 2”, and “Ava Riko Teo Season 2” .

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