European pitching and co-production event in Toulouse, France names the U.K.’s CBBC as Broadcaster of the Year, France’s Superights as Investor/Distributor of the Year, and France’s Vivement Lundi! as Producer of the Year.
At the three-day event, producers have had the opportunity to pitch their projects in front of 900 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 30 countries. Since its creation in 1990, 645 series have found a total of $2.5 billion in financing at Cartoon Forum. Organizers report that a total of 91 projects were pitched at this year’s edition of the event, including three new projects from Korea: Hobgoblin Magician by FelixStudio, The Mole Farmer, Rabby from PniSystem, and Galaxy Kids by Tak Toon Enterprise.
Also announced were the Cartoon Tribute awardees, which included the U.K.’s CBBC as Broadcaster of the Year, France’s Superights as Investor/Distributor of the Year, and France’s Vivement Lundi! as Producer of the Year.
The aim of the Cartoon Tributes is to reward outstanding achievements, companies or personalities that have had a positive and dynamic influence on TV animation industry over the last year. All professionals attending the Cartoon Forum voted on site for their favorite nominee in three categories: Broadcaster, Investor/distributor and Producer of the Year. The award ceremony took place on Thursday, September 17 during the Cartoon Forum, with each of the winners receiving a Cartoon Tributes trophy, symbol of the professional recognition from their peers.
The full list of 2015 winners and nominees is shown below:
2015 WINNERS 2015
- Broadcaster of the year: CBBC – BBC Children’s (United Kingdom)
- Investor/Distributor of the year: Superights (France)
- Producer of the year: Vivement Lundi! (France)
Broadcaster of the year:
- Cartoon Network (Europe)
- CBBC – BBC Children’s (United Kingdom)
- Estonian Public Broadcasting (Estonia)
- Hessischer Rundfunk (Germany)
- TF1 Unité Jeunesse (France)
Investor / Distributor of the year:
- Edel Kids (Germany)
- Entertainment One (United Kingdom)
- Jetpack Distribution (United Kingdom)
- PGS Entertainment (France)
- Superights (France)
Producer of the year:
- Gaumont Animation (France)
- GS Animation (Poland)
- Sixteen South (United Kingdom)
- Studio Film Bilder (Germany)
- Vivement Lundi! (France)
Source: Cartoon Forum