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Wheeling and Dealing Starts Ahead of MIP Jr., MIPCOM

Animated program distributors rack up pre-market deals and prestigious venues to show off their wares.

Aardman has announced a number of sales for the series ‘Munki and Trunk’ ahead of the MIP Junior and MIPCOM markets.

With the annual MIP Junior and MIPCOM markets about to begin in Cannes, France, makers of animated programs have announced a flurry of pre-market deals and presentations the companies hope will give their shows the best chance to succeed.

The announcements include:

  • Rainbow will be presenting magical new content to MIP, with new seasons of global smash-hits Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends and Regal Academy, and the new preschool show 44 Cats.
  • Entertainment One announced its new animated series Cupcake & Dino, created by Pedro Eboli will launch at MIP Junior. The series is slated to air from spring 2019 on Teletoon in Canada and Disney Channels Latin America, and will debut as a Netflix Original on the streaming service’s global platform.
  • 9 Story Media Group announced multiple international sales for the animated kids comedy 3 Amigonauts (52 x 11’). New licenses include Sony Pictures Television Networks (U.K., Italy and Sub Saharan Africa), Canal+ (French-speaking Europe and Africa), RTP (Portugal), Disney (CEE), DKids (MENA) and Zoom (Israel). The series premiered in August on YTV in Canada.
  • FremantleMedia Kids & Family announced that Discovery Italia has acquired both series of the CBBC/FMK co-production Danger Mouse. In addition, Nickelodeon in Germany, and Sky Television in New Zealand have both picked up the second series. Danger Mouse will also premiere on free-to-air children’s channel Gulli in France and on MBC in the Middle East in early 2018.
  • Aardman announced a host of international TV distribution sales for Sunrise Productions’ preschool show Munki and Trunk, a nondialogue CG animated series currently in production. It has been licensed to 75 territories, with an all rights deal with Moores in China alongside significant deals with Amazon India and MBC3 across the Middle East. Other key broadcasters taking the series include SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway, ANTV in Indonesia, RSI in Switzerland, Hop!! in Israel, and LTV in Latvia -- all planning to launch in 2017 and 2018.

INK Global will present the completed series ‘Anansi’ at MIP Junior.

  • INK Global has finished production on and will make available at MIP Junior two new kids series: Anansi and Maouia: The Princess of Cordoba. Anansi (26 x 24) is an urban epic fantasy that follows an orphan who discovers that that he is a medium for an ancient African spider god. Maouia: The Princess of Cordoba (1 x 45 and 25 x 30) takes viewers back to mystical time when gods walked the earth and sea monsters ruled the waves.
  • Planeta Junior will present the ZAG Heroes property Power Players, a hybrid animated series about a team of secret heroes formed by a little boy and his toys; and Pixie Girl, about a super-heroine with supernatural powers of Mother Nature. The company will also be presenting the new series based on Gormiti, the new season of Maya the Bee; a comedy series based on Famosa’s action toys Mutant Busters; and the adventures of Billie and her loyal court in Magiki.
  • Boxwars, created by Australia’s BES Animation, has been selected for the International Live Pitch session at MIP Junior.
  • Denis Doré, president and co-founder of Squeeze, will present the animated series Cracké during the Canada Big on Shorts panel organized by Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund at MIP Junior.

MIP Junior is scheduled for Oct. 14-15, followed by MIPCOM Oct. 16-19.

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