Press Release from Moonscoop
Paris, 16 March 2010 – Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe, has scored presales in key territories for the second season of its hit series Dive Olly Dive!
France 5, SVT Sweden, Finland’s MTV3 and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel in the Middle East have snapped up the 52x11’ new episodes, joining broadcasters Disney Asia, Univision, TVA Canada and co-producers KiKa who are all on board for season two.
The first series (52x11’) was seen by over 350million cumulative viewers worldwide and was winner of the 2008 Parents’ Choice Award and Hugo Television Award (Certificate of Merit), in addition to being nominated for an Emmy® Award, Prix Jeunesse and Best Animated Series at the 2008 Annecy International Festival of Animated Film.
Lionel Marty, President Worldwide Sales at Moonscoop said: “It is testament to the popularity of Dive Olly Dive! that we have presold the second season to such a significant line up of broadcasters – we also have deals in the pipeline for Norway and Canada. To achieve such a high viewership around the world is fantastic and we’re anticipating even more success with the new episodes.”
Dive Olly Dive! follows the fun-filled underwater escapades of Olly and Beth, two young research submarines-in-training. The two live in a deep-sea research center known as SURF – the Special Underwater Research Facility, where they experience the joys and challenges of life in their underwater world, much in the same way that preschoolers experience life in their world. Created using the latest advances in high-definition 3D CGI animation, the series features an incredibly lifelike underwater world, along with storylines that educate children on the delicate nature of the ecosystems that exist beneath the oceans.
Last year, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selected Dive Olly Dive!, to be part of the organization’s new educational campaign to teach children about the richness of the world’s underwater cultural heritage.
Dive Olly Dive! is a co-production of Mike Young Productions Limited (MYP), Flying Bark Productions Pty Ltd. of Australia, KI.KA, ARD of Germany, Telegael Teo of Ireland, Atlantyca Entertainment of Italy and GDC in China.
Moonscoop is a leading worldwide 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 "Code Lyoko," "Fantastic Four," "Titeuf" (Tootuff), "Pet Alien," “Dive Olly Dive!” and "Casper" which are licensed in markets around the world. Moonscoop’s production slate currently includes new series “Geronimo Stilton”, “Hero:108”, “Twisted Whiskers” and “Chloe’s Closet”.
Moonscoop was established with the merger of France Animation and Antefilms Production and the subsequent stake of a majority share in US-based Mike Young Productions and Taffy Entertainment, which all now fall under the Moonscoop label. Moonscoop employs over 350 people worldwide.