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A Stampede of Deals for ‘Animanimals’

Broadcasters from across Asia, Europe, North America and New Zealand will show the series of family-oriented shorts.

Studio Film Bilder and Meta Media Entertainment announce the award-winning series Animanimals has been picked up by the following broadcasters and platforms:

KiKA/SWR, Beijing iQIYI* Science & Technology Co. Ltd. (iQIYI) of Chof China, TATA Sky India, PTS Taiwan, SVT Sweden, YLE Finland, NRK Norway, Jim Jam (pan Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia), Discovery Kids MENA, Hopster, Télé-Québec and Knowledge Network of Canada and TV New Zealand. Further sales are in negotiation.

Each of the 26 non-dialogue episodes features a different animal facing an absurd adventure with a surprise ending. The series has already won 20 prizes across the world, including the Audience Award at the New York Children's Film Festival for two consecutive years -- for the films Zebra and Octopus -- and the award for the Best Film for Young Children at the Chicago Children's Film Festival for Zebra.

The film Penguin has just been selected for the official competition at the Berlinale Generation section (Feb 15-25). In February 2018, the New York Children’s Film Festival will screen ten Animanimals films.

The family entertainment series Animanimals (26 x 4 mins.) is produced by highly experienced and creatively driven Studio Film Bilder in Stuttgart, which also has garnered many awards over its 28-year history. It is co-produced by leading German children’s channel KiKA as well as regional German broadcaster SWR and funded by regional Film Funds MFG as well as MDM.

"All stories are driven by director Julia Ocker’s engaging sense of humor,” says Thomas Meyer-Hermann, founder of Studio Film Bilder. “There is laughter and empathy throughout the story, and then excitement at the clever and creative solution.“

“The open structure of the series enables me to include just about any idea – however crazy – as long as it is funny enough,” says Julia Ocker, award-winning animator and creator of Animanimals.

Half of the twenty-six Animanimals episodes were delivered in August 2017 with the remaining half to be delivered by the end of January 2018.

Animanimals is distributed worldwide by Meta Media Entertainment, a London based distributor specializing in high quality children’s animation series for broadcasters and digital platforms.

Source: Studio Film Bilder

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.