TV-Loonland Sells Connie To Disney

TV-Loonland's CONNIE THE COW (52 x 7, produced by Spains Neptuno) has been sold to Disney U.K. for a spring 2002 delivery. After creating quite a buzz at MIPCOM Junior 2000, Munich's TV-Loonland announced at MIP TV that it had sold the pre-school animated series relating the experiences of a curious calf named Connie to Disney's U.K. arm. TV-Loonland has also had Disney success with their live-action series IN A HEARTBEAT. Lisa Hryniewicz, head of distribution for TV-Loonland said, "We are overwhelmed with the response to these two series and this significant deal with The Disney Channel confirms the demand for quality programming which TV-Loonland prides itself on offering worldwide." Walt Disney Television International's director of international acquisitions and programming, Mary Bredin commented, "It has been a dream working with TV-Loonland and it was an easy multi-territory deal to buy such great programmes as CONNIE THE COW and IN A HEARTBEAT." TV-Loonland was founded in 1989 but was marked by an incredible year of growth in 2000, spurred on by its arrival on the German stock market. In 2000 the company acquired Sunbow Productions and the entire TV production and distribution business activities of Sony Wonder. Other acquisitions included Latin America's Salsa Distribution and the U.K.-based animation studio Telemagination.

Hear from John Bullivant, TV-Loonland's director of programmes, on the Cartoon Forum and Europe's current streak of expansion in "A Look At Europe's Cartoon Forum with John Bullivant."