Press Release from Moonscoop
Paris, 24 March 2011 – Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe, has signed a deal with Channel One in Russia. The broadcaster has acquired Moonscoop preschool shows Chloe’s Closet and Dive Olly Dive 2.
Marie Conge, Senior Vice President, International Distribution & CPG at Moonscoop said: “This is a significant deal for us, bringing two of our preschool series to Channel One, one of Russia’s most prestigious channels. We are confident that the shows will perform very well on this new broadcast platform.”
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, in Germany on KI.KA and on the Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney in Spain. Other international broadcast platforms include: ITV in the UK; CBeebies Latin America; HOP Channel in Israel; Zebra in Romania; ATV-Minika in Turkey; 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 and TFO in Canada.
A number of licensees are already on board including Bandai America Incorporated as the global master toy licensee. 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).
Chloe’s Closet is produced in high-definition 2D animation out of Moonscoop’s LA office, in association with Wales Creative IP Fund, KI.KA/ARD, Trickompany FilmProduktion GMBH, European Film Partners, and Telegael.
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. The new second season has also sold to France 5, SVT Sweden, Finland’s MTV3 and Al Jazeera Children’s Channel in the Middle East alongside Disney Asia, Univision, TVA Canada and co-producers KI.KA.
The first series (52x11’) was seen by over 350 million 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.
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.
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.