London-based Target Ent. Ltd. has moved into the kids and animation market with a new division, which launched its new catalog at this years MIPCOM Junior 2003. In addition to international sales across its portfolio of high quality drama and formats, Targets licensing and merchandising division is flourishing (started October 2002) and the company has firmly established itself in the competitive U.S. market with the opening of its New York office in January 2003.
Special Event: MIPCOM
PorchLight Ent. and Pictor Media have launched FOUR EYES at MIPCOM Jr. The 52x12 series is being produced for FRANCE 3 and has already been picked up for airing by Disney Channel U.K. The show follows the comic adventures of Emma, a spoiled, popular alien girl who fails the fifth grade and, as punishment, is sent to a boarding school on Earth to "see how the other half lives."
Abbey Home Media Group presented the multimedia launch of the WIDE EYE television series at this years MIPCOM. Co-produced with the BBC and made by the BAFTA award-winning King Rollo Films, the 26x10 2D animation series is due to air on CBeebies and CBeebies on BBC Two this fall. The educational preschool series features animal characters and music plus voiceovers from actors such as Jane Horrocks (LITTLE VOICE).
MarVista Entertainment has acquired the worldwide television distribution rights for A VERY WOMPKEE CHRISTMAS. The one-hour 3D animated special began sales at MIPCOM. Sony Wonder has the U.S. home entertainment rights. The story follows the littlest Wompkee Twig as she hopes her Christmas wish to fly like the others will come true.
CineGroupe, along with Film Roman, launched its new 3D animation series TRIPPING THE RIFT at MIPCOM 2003 in Cannes, France. The sci-fi spoof follows the adventures of Chode, the horny purple captain of the Free Enterprise, and his conflicted and extreme crew, as they travel the universe, looking to make a quick buck and avoid getting thrown in jail.
Atomic Arts unveils more of their adult animated series ANIMAL PHARM at MIPCOM. Sponsored by Channel 4, the program debuted earlier in the year at Cartoon Forum in Varese, Italy. Created in house, the 13x24 series is slated for production later this year and will be produced at both Atomics U.K. and Eastern European studios.
As part of the recent MIPCOM Jr 2003, Parijat Studio presented its two new series BORIS DESMOND & HUBERT and BOB & THE MACHINE. Both projects were written and directed by Parijat principals Atish Tripathi and Nalin Thakur. The fledgling studio hopes to secure co-production partners on the two comedy series.
Located in Hyderabad, India and found in Feb. 2003, Parijat Studio is an independent animation company, which aims to produce new and original content for television and other media, worldwide.
Tarzana, California-based ECI Entertainment will be offering SCOOTER MCDOOGAL, a 2D animated series for screening at MIPCOM Jr. Based upon a comic book series published by ECI Publishing, the show chronicles the adventures of a young Earth boy who accidentally inherits a magical scooter, called Wisdom 1 meant for Greek god Zeus' bratty grandson Bratticus. The first six issues of the comic were released in summer 2003. Targeted to 6-11 year olds, 26 half-hour episodes are planned for the first season. Indian firm DQ Entertainment is producing.
Berliner Film Company (BFC), an emerging premiere producer of original animated programming in Germany, will offer international buyers what it hopes is a dynamic lineup of exciting, eye-catching animated series at this years MIPCOM.
LevyMann Entertainment is back for MIPCOM 2003 at booth 19.01 with four complete episodes of its 11-minute animated musical preschool series ITTY BITTY HEARTBEATS. The Beverly Hills-based company has entered into an agreement with Toys R Us, Inc. to release the series October 21, 2003, in an exclusive 30-day direct-to-video launch in the U.S. before heading to other mass retailers.
Mondo TV will have eight series on hand when it attends this years MIPCOM. LUPO ALBERTO II is a 13x30 series based on the famous Silvers comic strips. The show follows Lupo Alberto, the leader of the eccentric animals that live on the McKenzie Farm. SPAGHETTI FAMILY is a 26x30 series from the famous Italian cartoonist Bruno Bozzetto. The series follows the everyday lives of the chaotic Spaghetti family. CYBORG KUROCHAN is a 65x30 series based on the popular Kodansha-published comic book.
American producer Curious Pictures sails into MIPCOM on the wake of the recent launch of its show CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR, on Cartoon Network in Europe and Latin America. These include:
Antefilms Production will be launching two new series, as well as its other successfully series, at booth 24.05 at this years MIPCOM. This announcement comes on the heals of Antefilms announcement that it has purchased France Animation, which produces LITTLE VAMPIRE, SPACE LUNIES, and DR. DOG.
With growing numbers of buyers, sellers and programs, MIPCOM Jr 2003s screenings (October 8 9) broke all viewing records since the shows launch in 1996. A total of 13,815 individual screenings were carried out by program buyers, a 15% increase compared with 12,052 last year. Previously, the highest number of screenings took place at MIPCOM Jr 2000 with 12,572 viewings.
In conjunction with its attendance at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, Dupuis has announced that it will be launching its new TV series KID PADDLE. The show follows Kid Paddle and his friends Big Band and Horace, whose imaginations transport the troublesome trio into videogames, horror films and sci-fi comics. The show has already developed a following in France and Benelux and is available in 26x26 or 52x13 packages in both French and English. Also available are 15 three minute Flash shorts.
With a striking decrease in marketing dollars flowing into this years MIPCOM, French production firm Marathon is emerging as a clearly visible presence at this years event. Unlike previous years, companies are sponsoring less parties and program-advertising signage plastered around the city of Cannes is thin. However, Marathon has stepped forward with mucho marketing dollars sponsoring the official market tote bag with a MARTIN MYSTERY theme for MIPCOM Jr.
The buzz coming out of MIPCOM has CINAR Corp. close to a sale of the companys assets to Michael Hirsh and Toper Taylor, former Nelvana co-founder/ceo and president of international distribution, marketing and consumer products respectively. Because Hirsh is Canadian the deal would ensure that CINAR could continue to receive Canadian tax credits.
4Kids Entertainment Inc. has set MIPCOM 2003 for the launch of 26 episodes of the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and 47 new episodes of the Japanese sensation, YU-GI-OH!
channelzero has announced production deals with AGOGO and Face2Face with the properties available at the upcoming MIPCOM. With AGOGO, channelzero will produce three half hour episodes of its 2D property, SOSOPHIE. With Face2Face, it has entered the development stage on two 3D projects, GHETTO FABULOUS and ERNEST MAKES HISTORY.
Independent production and distribution company DLT Entertainment is debuting its exciting new animated property GOING BUGGS! to the international market at this years MIPCOM.
Created by Al Guest and Jean Mathieson, whose previous work has aired on CBS, HBO and the BBC, GOING BUGGS! is an innovative traditional 2D animated comic action fantasy series aimed at kids 6-13. Magic Shadows Inc. and Red Rocket Animation co-produced the 13x30 series.
After capturing the hearts of thousands of Canadian children thanks to numerous live shows, 40,000 books and 100,000 video cassettes and DVDs released over the past two years, PATOU the Polar Bear is now available on the small screen from Spectra Intl Distrib. and ready to charm his way into the hearts of children all over the world and hopefully into the lineups of buyers at MIPCOM.
Mike Young Prods. has a busy slate of animated shows with many new 3D entries to present at MIPCOM. The busy producer has jumped headfirst into distribution, launching a new distribution arm in March 2003, headed by veteran TV sales exec Regis Brown. The U.S. studio, founded by Welsh animator Mike Young, is bringing its captivating 3D series for young children, JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS, which debuted September 7, 2003 on PBS Kids in the U.S.
The Fremantle Corp. will introduce innovative shows for both kids and young adults at this years MIPCOM beginning with the eye-popping new 3D animation series, UNDERGROUND ERNIE, for kids 4-8. From the producers (3D Films and Joella Films) of the British pre-school hit, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE, the new series features a magical collection of talking subway trains and a character named Ernie who keeps them all running on schedule.