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Nucco Brain Unveils ‘Living with a Dragon’ at Cartoon Forum

Nucco Brain unveils its pre-school children’s animated series ‘Living with a Dragon,’ developed with the Pierdomenico Baccalario at Cartoon Forum.

Nucco Brain, the visual storytelling studio with offices in London, Milan and Rio de Janeiro, is venturing into the world of story-based intellectual property. At Cartoon Forum 2014, Nucco Brain was selected as 1 of the 84 animation companies invited to pitch its IP to a panel of industry experts.  

Nucco Brain unveiled its new pre-school children’s animated series developed together with the successful children’s author Pierdomenico Baccalario, called Living with a Dragon.

Living with a Dragon is a contemporary fairy tale about family, acceptance and love.

For Cartoon Forum, Nucco Brain developed a bespoke interactive app solely for the showcase presentation of the transmedia IP and the discussions with production partners, broadcast and digital platform commissioners.  

Cartoon Forum, the annual pitching event, provides creative companies the opportunity to secure co-productions and finance for their IPs. Producers and IP owners are selected to pitch their projects in front of 850 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from over 30 countries. On average, more than 1 project out of 3 presented at Cartoon Forum secures financing and enters into production.

Living with a Dragon presents the amusing and endearing adventures of Cora, a child who lives in a land (not so) far away in a beautiful castle with her mom, the Princess, and an unusual step-dad: a lovely, funny and caring dragon.  The series consists of 52 episodes, each 7 minutes in length.  The comedy/adventure IP has been developed for TV, web and mobile platforms, in addition to being enjoyed as books, comics and apps, with the potential of spin-out games.

The animated series is based on a book called Un Drago in Salotto (A Dragon On My Couch) written by the internationally renowned children’s author Pierdomenico Baccalario, who based the book on his own experiences as a step-dad. The book has become a best-seller in Italy and is soon to be published in China, Japan, Korea, Portugal and the Netherlands. In addition to writing children’s books, Pierdomenico Baccalario is a journalist and the Chief Editor of Atlantyca Entertainment, the transmedia entertainment company with one of the largest catalogues of children’s publishing properties in Europe, as well as founder of Book on a Tree, a company with a focus on inventing and developing IP’s. 

Pierdomenico Baccalario comments, “I am very excited to be working with the brilliant animation talent that is Nucco Brain, and creative producer Lucia Vaccarino, who previously was executive producer at Disney. Together we have been able to develop Living with a Dragon into a truly compelling and scalable transmedia IP. We have great plans for this publishing property and are already pursuing some very interesting discussions.”

Stefano Marrone, co-founder and animation producer of Nucco Brain, says, “We have created an animated pre-school series about the life of an atypical, unique and yet ‘normal’ family. In a classic fairy tale style with a comedic twist, we use a gentle and warm tone to promote a positive approach with regards to the acceptance of new relatives and the day-to-day challenges and goals of the modern blended family. Put simply, Living with a Dragon is a children’s cartoon about normal family life. But with a dragon.” 

“Nucco Brain’s attendance at Cartoon Forum was a great success with our pitch being very well received. We are now looking forward to the next steps in the discussions we have secured,” Stefano continues.


Source: Nucco Brain

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.