files/pictures/picture-35.jpgPress Release from CAKE
Leading kids’ and family entertainment specialist, CAKE has today announced it has secured the sale of FRESH TV’s animated surf comedy Stoked (26 x 22’) to KI.KA. The German broadcaster, a joint venture of the nine ARD channels and ZDF, will launch the tween series in early 2011, adding it to its existing programming of live-action and animated features for this target group.
Developed by Toronto-based FRESH TV for Canadian cablenet TELETOON, Stoked is a character-driven animated sitcom about six teenagers who come together one summer to work (and surf) at the world renowned Surfer’s Paradise Resort. For twelve weeks they will spend their first summer away from home, work the hardest they ever have, and most importantly have the opportunity to surf on their days off.
Ed Galton, Managing Director & CCO, CAKE said: “This is our first sale to KI.KA, brokered by Leila Ouledcheikh, senior sales manager at CAKE, and we look forward to maintaining a strong working relationship with them in the future. Stoked is a great property to have in our portfolio and we anticipate strong sales in international territories.”
Sebastian Debertin, KI.KA’s Head of Fiction, Acquisition & Co-Production, added: “Following our strategy to provide older children with high quality animation in terms of a fresh approach in story-telling and design, we are very happy to add “Stoked” to our portfolio. The series deals with social values e.g. how to become grown-up and stay integer and combines this approach with an extremely entertaining and funny story-telling.”
CAKE acquired Stoked for its catalogue in January 2009 and has previously achieved sales to Cartoon Network USA, Disney XD, ABC Australia – where it is currently the second top ranked programme on ABC3 this year to date – Canal Plus and Teletoon. The series was created and written by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch at FRESH TV, and is aimed at 8-12 year olds.
CAKE also distributes FRESH TV’s popular Total Drama franchise. The animated comedy brand is now in its fourth series. Most recently CAKE brokered deals to Cartoon Network Latin America (Total Drama World Tour), Cartoon Network Asia (Total Drama Island, Total Drama Action and Total Drama World Tour) and Cartoon Network EMEA, excluding the UK (Total Drama World Tour).
CAKE is one of the world’s leading kids’ and family entertainment specialists. Since 2002, the London-based company has worked with animation and live-action producers from around the world to develop, create, commercially position and manage their IP propositions for international market. The company handles everything from traditional television rights to digital, online and ancillary commercial rights.http://www.cakeentertainment.com/
KI.KA – Der Kinderkanal of ARD and ZDF is on air since 1997. The channel is a joint program of the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. KI.KA is commercial-free, target-group oriented, and offers an appealing programming with a variety of genres and themes for all children up to 13 years of age and older, combined with the aim to support the target group’s media socialization. Children’s ideas and suggestions for the programming are integrated into KI.KA’s program planning.
About Fresh TV Inc.:
An award-winning family entertainment company, Fresh TV is obsessed with captivating the dynamic and elusive youth market. Powerfully connected to the interests, influences and enthusiasms of tween and teen audiences around the world, Fresh eats, sleeps and breathes to create television young people will love right now. Fresh also offers the world-class 2D and 3D production services of Elliott Animation located in Toronto. Visit www.freshtvinc.com
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