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More than 11,000 del­e­gates from more than 100 coun­tries — in­clud­ing 4,000 buy­ers — as­sem­bled April 13-16 in Cannes, France, for the in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion mar­ket known as MIP TV.

Pack­ing the Palais des Fes­ti­vals from top to bot­tom — and spilling out along the beach­front ho­tels along the Croisette — MIP TV was nonethe­less de­scribed by many vet­er­ans as slow com­pared to pre­vi­ous years.

While the meet­ings flew fast and fu­ri­ous, most of the ma­jor deals were an­nounced in ad­vance. Among them:

Paris-based an­i­ma­tion pro­ducer Mil­lim­ages se­cured pre­sales for its non-dialog short for­mat se­ries Molang (104 x 3’30”) with Tele Que­bec (Canada), Dis­ney (Latin Amer­ica), SVT (Swe­den), MTV Oy (Fin­land) and NRK (Nor­way). The first 52-episode sea­son will be com­pleted by Novem­ber, with the sec­ond due sum­mer 2016.

Mondo TV Suisse reached an agree­ment for the co-pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of the fourth sea­son of the an­i­mated TV se­ries based on the suc­cess­ful toy char­ac­ters YooHoo and Friends, owned by Aurora. The se­ries will be com­posed of 52 episodes about 11 min­utes each, in 3D CGI.

The French group AB ac­quired the TV and DVD rights to Toei An­i­ma­tion’s Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold, the new­est chap­ter in Toei’s in­ter­na­tion­ally suc­cess­ful Saint Seiya fran­chise. The chan­nel will simul­cast the orig­i­nal ver­sion sub­ti­tled in French. The online plat­form Crunchy­roll ac­quired the VOD rights to the se­ries and will broad­cast it online in Europe ex­cept in France and all the French-speak­ing Euro­pean ter­ri­to­ries. More­over, a Soul of Gold ded­i­cated chan­nel also will be launched for Ital­ian fans on YouTube.

NCir­cle En­ter­tain­ment picked up VOD and home video rights in the U.S. and Canada for Rus­sian-pro­duced CG kids se­ries Alisa Knows What to Do! The show is pro­duced by Timur Bek­mam­be­tov’s Bazelevs Group, Riki Group and An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio Moskva, with one 12-episode sea­son com­plete and a sec­ond in pro­duc­tion. NCir­cle plans to launch the brand in North Amer­ica early next year.

Paris-based Cy­ber Group Stu­dios se­cured new sales for its se­ries across the globe. Top selling CGS shows in­clude Zou (104 x 11), which has sold to TVO (Canada), Me­di­a­corp (Sin­ga­pore) and IRIB (Iran) re­cently; Mini Nin­jas (52 x 11), picked up by TV3 (Thai­land), Me­di­a­corp (Sin­ga­pore) and TV5 Monde (world­wide); The Long, Long Hol­i­day (10 x 26 or 5 x 50), presold to ZDF (Ger­many) and DR (Den­mark); and Bal­loopo (52 x 11), ac­quired by Thai PBS (Thai­land) and IRIB (Iran). CGS has also closed a raft of pack­age deals for An­i­malia (40 x 24), Adam’s Bak­ery (52 x 13), Raju the Rick­shaw (78 x 7), Grena­dine & Pep­per­mint (78 x 7), Made­moi­selle Zazie (78 x 7) and Mia (39 x 11) to broad­cast­ers in­clud­ing TV2 (Nor­way), JKN (Thai­land), Me­di­a­corp, IRIB, Pixel TV (Ukraine) and POD World­wide (Thai­land).

A “Cannes-do” spirit for an­i­ma­tion pro­duc­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and buy­ers of all strips was in ev­i­dence at MIP TV 2015.

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