Press Release from CAKE
LONDON, UK (September 15, 2011): Leading kids’ and family entertainment specialist, CAKE has been appointed as the distributor of multiple award-winning series, Pocoyo by global content creator and brand manager, Zinkia Entertainment. CAKE will be responsible for distributing the property to territories around the world excluding Spain, Latin America, the U.S., Italy, China and Portugal which Zinkia will continue to handle.
Under the terms of the agreement, CAKE will now handle all television and DVD rights to the entire Pocoyo library, which consists of 156 x 7 minute episodes, plus a 25 minute special. The company will also debut season three Let’s Go Pocoyo (52x7’), which recently completed production, at MIPCOM 2011. Pocoyo currently airs on television channels in over 150 territories around the world, including in the U.S., Nick Jr., Univision’s Planeta U and select PBS stations, as well as Televisa (Mexico), TVE (Spain), RAI 2 (Italy), ABC (Australia), WowWow (Japan), and Nick Junior (France).
Let’s Go Pocoyo continues to embody the core philosophy of the series, encouragingchildren to ‘Learn through Laughter,’ while also introducing a new, more stylised format and incorporating fresh and innovative content. Zinkia has created a multi-layered approach to the series with a dominant music theme,designed to appeal to a more media savvy generation of 3-6 year olds. Each structured episode begins with a themed adventure, which introduces new vocabulary, followed by Pocoyo and friends having fun with a range of topics such as numbers, colours, shapes animals and words. Each episode ends with a musical journey that recaps the topics covered in that episode.
“With Zinkia’s brand management expertise, Pocoyo has become an iconic global kids’ brand, and we have no doubt that Let’s Go Pocoyo will duplicate and expand upon the success of the previous series,” commented Ed Galton, CAKE’s CCO and Managing Director. “We are proud to be adding this property to our catalogue and look forward to presenting it to our broadcast partners, who in turn will share it with millions of fans across the globe.”
“CAKE is well-established in the market as a pre-eminent distributor of kids and family programming,” commented Maria Doolan, MD Brand and Business Development, Zinkia Entertainment. “Their talent in this arena drove the joint venture partnership between our two companies, which we announced in April this year, and naturally, we consider CAKE to be the ideal partner to spearhead and develop new markets and new opportunities for Pocoyo.”
Pocoyo has been awarded a host of accolades including Best Animation Series at BAFTA and Annecy. With more than 500 million hits on YouTube®, 525,000 Facebook fans, 33 million visitors to the official Pocoyo website (www.pocoyo.com
), 2,000 fans signing up daily to the official Facebook page and 11 million unique visitors to the virtual universe destination PocoyoWorld, Pocoyo is a multi-platform global hit property.
CAKE is one of the world’s leading kids’ and family entertainment specialists. The London-based company, created in 2002, works with animation and live actionproduction companies from around the world to develop, produce, commercially position and manage their IP propositions for international market. http://www.cakeentertainment.com/
Zinkia Entertainment (Zinkia) specializes in the creation and management of entertainment properties for today’s global marketplace. Zinkia’s primary focus is the development and production of content for all media platforms to engage, entertain and educate children of all cultures. Zinkia is the exclusive worldwide licensor of global brand sensation POCOYO, one of Spain’s most successful animation productions, with a potential global audience reach of 3.5 million. The Company is currently developing new properties including MOLA NOGURU and THE FISHTALE SAGA. In April 2011, Zinkia acquired a 51% stake in London-based family entertainment company Cake. Founded in 2001, Zinkia is headquarted in Madrid, Spain and operates offices in China. www.zinkia.com