Press Release from Moonscoop
PARIS, 10 February 2011. Moonscoop, one of the leading worldwide kids’ distribution, brand management and entertainment companies, has signed several key deals for its 2D animated series Tara Duncan (26x22’); a co-production between Moonscoop and DQ Entertainment (DQE).
Home video rights to Tara Duncan have been acquired by Universal Pictures France where the series airs on M6 and the Disney Channel. In broadcast deals, Moonscoop has signed up TVE for Spain, Disney Channel Germany, Nickelodeon in Italy, Portugal’s Dreamia, RTBF in Belgium, NRK in Norway, MBC in the Middle East, Canal + / ZigZap Poland and Chello Central Europe.
Lionel Marty, President Worldwide Sales at Moonscoop said: “This first season of Tara Duncan is really hitting the mark with broadcasters worldwide, and with a home entertainment deal signed in France with Universal Pictures, and licensees already on board, we have a strong foundation in place to push the series into new TV markets and licensing categories this year.”
Moonscoop has also signed a raft of merchandising deals: Fashion and Back to School bags (Maroquinerie Luc d’Arvillers), stationery (Papeteries Sill), headware and fashion accessories (ATM), bedlinen and hometextile (CTI), charms (Alcara), apparel (TV Mania), character costume for retail events (Evasion Communication).
This is following roll out of the first products to shelves at the end of 2010, includung novels from the series (Le Seuil/Flammarion), comics (Editions Jungle), and the title music (Sortcelière ) has been interpreted by Dania Gio and released with success as a music single by M6, Universal and Moonscoop.
The animated show is based on eight of twelve best-selling children’s fantasy books by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian, which is already a publishing hit in France, Beligum, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Portugal, Brazil, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey, Russia, Romania and Bulgaria.
Combining all the best elements of magic, comedy and action, the series follows the story of a beautiful teenage girl bestowed with magical powers who finds herself in a high stakes battle against evil forces from another world. Each episode starts with Tara finding herself in a quirky situation with the promise of a challenging adventure ahead.
Moonscoop 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 "Code Lyoko," "Fantastic Four," "Titeuf" (Tootuff), “Chloe’s Closet.” “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 2”, "Tara Duncan", “Geronimo Stilton season2”, “Casper season2”, "The Davincibles" and "Super Sportlets". and feature film of "Titeuf".