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Nelvana Inks ‘Millie Magnificent’ Distribution Deals

Based on the popular kids’ book series by Ashley Spires, the new original 3DCG preschool series heads to Canal+ in France and Treehouse in Canada in 2024 – coming to MIPCOM this month.

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana announced two new distribution partners, Canal+ in France and Treehouse in Canada, for its new original 3DCG series, Millie Magnificent (52x11). Delivery of the new preschool series starts in 2024 and will be featured by Nelvana at MIPCOM, which runs October 16-19.

Kids Can Press, Corus Entertainment’s award-winning book publisher, is expanding the “Most Magnificent” franchise with the new book “The Most Magnificent Maker’s A to Z” and the “Make That Most Magnificent Thing” board game, produced in collaboration with Fat Brain Toys, both launching this fall.

“It’s been quite the magnificent journey with our Millie!” said Mellany Welsh, VP of Nelvana Enterprises and Kids Can Press. “What started as a fun and relatable children’s book about the creative process quickly turned into a best-selling franchise, an award-winning short film and now a highly anticipated TV series, as well as an interactive board game that encourages creativity, critical thinking, and STEM learning. The new animated series is a celebration of the creative process featuring Millie’s notorious ‘brain spark’ moments and learning through trial- and-error. We have had tremendous feedback from partners and are excited to share all the magnificent updates since we announced the series greenlight last spring.”

Inspired by the best-selling book by Ashley Spires and based on Nelvana’s award-winning short film The Most Magnificent Thing, Millie Magnificent fosters creativity and imaginative thinking for preschoolers by promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and the value of trial-and-error. The series’ characters experience relatable community-centered and home-life issues while navigating emotions in a way that resonates with children.

Millie Magnificent is an endearing and imaginative series that weaves together key themes of innovation, helping others, environmental consciousness, and empowering yourself to reach your full potential,” said Geraldine Soto, Head of Acquisitions & Prebuys – Kids Content at Canal +. “Millie is a strong, curious, and resourceful heroine who loves to create, recreate, and innovate, and overcomes obstacles. We are proud to have joined the Magnificent team so early on and are delighted Millie and her Creato-Crew will soon be joining the team of Canal+ heroes.”

Source: Corus Entertainment

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.