MIP Ju­nior 2015: 10 Toons to Track

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This Oc­to­ber 3 & 4, the an­nual MIP Ju­nior gath­er­ing will draw key play­ers from the global kids’ en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness down on beau­ti­ful Cannes for two days of el­bow-rub­bing, deal-mak­ing and trend-watch­ing at the Grand Hy­att Cannes Ho­tel Martinez. High­lights of the 2015 edi­tion in­clude a key­note ad­dress by Has­bro Stu­dios pres­i­dent Stephen Davis, the inau­gu­ral Kids’ Con­tent Trend­set­ter Awards and a World Pre­miere Screen­ing of Cy­ber Group Stu­dios’ much an­tic­i­pated an­i­mated se­ries Zorro: The Chron­i­cles. Might we also point mes­dames et messieurs to­ward 10 other fresh toon tid­bits on of­fer? Pro­duced by: Fre­mantle­Me­dia Kids & Fam­ily En­ter­tain­ment and CBBC co-pro­duc­tion with an­i­ma­tion by Boul­der Media Cre­ated by: Orig­i­nal se­ries cre­ated by Cos­grove Hall Pro­duc­tions For­mat: 52 x 11 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 6–11 Type of an­i­ma­tion: 2D with mixed media Syn­op­sis: Based on the clas­sic ‘80s car­toon, ac­tion and com­edy col­lide in the re­booted ver­sion of Dan­ger Mouse. The new se­ries has been up­dated with gad­gets ga­lore for to­day’s tech-savvy and con­tent-hun­gry kids. The laughs are set to be even louder as the world’s small­est se­cret agent faces might­ier mis­sions, vo­ra­cious vil­lains and knee-trem­bling threats. Selling points: The brand has well-es­tab­lished global ap­peal, and the re­boot boasts a pedi­gree pro­duc­tion team in­clud­ing di­rec­tor Robert Cullen ( The Amaz­ing World of Gum­ball), top notch writ­ers lead by Ben Ward ( Hor­ri­ble His­to­ries), an­i­ma­tors and voice tal­ent. “I’ve loved Dan­ger Mouse my whole life. Dan­ger Mouse was a sig­nif­i­cant part of my child­hood. So to get a chance to do it is like get­ting a chance to step into your child­hood, which is both a mag­i­cal and a po­ten­tially haz­ardous thing. It will be awe­some, I can’t wait to see it, let alone hear my­self in it,” John Oliver said on his Last Week Tonight show when he joined Lena Headey, Stephen Fry, Alexan­der Armstrong and Kevin El­don on the cast list. And, Fre­mantle­Me­dia al­ready has sev­eral key li­cens­ing part­ners signed up. Broad­cast­ers: CBBC ( U. K.); Net­flix will pre­miere the show in North Amer­ica, Latin Amer­ica, Nordics, Benelux and Ja­pan Sta­tus: In fi­nal stages of pro­duc­tion Pro­duced by: Adrian Dean & Doowett Pro­duc­tions for Ci­tyTV Saskatchewan, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Rogers Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Canada Media Fund Dis­trib­uted by: Pic­ture Box Dis­tri­bu­tion For­mat: 32 x 2 Tar­get au­di­ence: Preschool Type of an­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Syn­op­sis: Doowett and his adorable mon­ster friends love to dis­cover new things, co­op­er­ate to ac­com­plish their goals and — most of all — to make mu­sic! In each two-minute short, Doowett and one of his pe­cu­liar pals play to­gether, com­bin­ing their unique skills and the sounds they use to ex­press their feel­ings to cre­ate a charm­ing duet while they tackle the task at hand. Selling points: The cutesy de­signs for Doowett and his friends are tai­lor-made to ap­peal to young­sters, with a con­tem­po­rary, pop-art feel to their sim­ple shapes and bright col­ors. And, by us­ing mu­si­cal sounds to com­mu­ni­cate, the mon­sters’ an­tics are in­stantly ac­ces­si­ble to view­ers all over the world. Pic­ture Box re­cently ac­quired the se­ries along with sev­eral oth­ers, which will launch as part of its cat­a­log at the mar­ket this year. “We are thrilled to add these high-qual­ity pro­grams to our grow­ing kids’ cat­a­log,” said Kate Sana­gan, com­pany part­ner and di­rec­tor of sales. “They all pos­sess the char­ac­ter­is­tics that our other kids’ ti­tles em­body, in­clud­ing en­ter­tain­ing and ed­u­cat­ing kids around the world.” Broad­cast­ers: Ci­tyTV ( Canada) Pro­duced by: HTC Pro­duc­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Huhu Stu­dios ( New Zealand) Cre­ated by: Based on the books by John Erick­son For­mat: 26 x 11 or 13 x 22 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 5-11 Type of an­i­ma­tion: 2D Syn­op­sis: Like the award-win­ning chil­dren’s books, the se­ries will fol­low the comedic ad­ven­tures of lov­able mutt Hank, the self-ap­pointed “Head of Ranch Se­cu­rity” on the fam­ily-run Texas cat­tle ranch where he lives. Join­ing Hank is dopey dog Drover, who helps pro­tect the ranch from crafty coy­ote broth­ers Rip and Snort, Sin­is­ter the bobcat, sly fox Frankie and other cagey ( and uncaged) an­i­mals. For all his ef­forts, Hank still man­ages to get in trou­ble with his hu­mans — mostly thanks to con­niv­ing Pete the barn cat. Selling points: Hank is a real by-your-boot­straps suc­cess, hav­ing evolved from self-pub­lished sto­ries to an in­ter­na­tional prop­erty. The com­bi­na­tion of en­gag­ing kids in rus­tic, rus­slin’ ad­ven­tures in the South- west com­bined with ed­u­ca­tional points about both wild and do­mes­ti­cated an­i­mals have helped Hank’s sto­ries touch young read­ers in Span­ish, Dan­ish, Farsi and Chi­nese. “Hank has over eight mil­lion fans,” says the au­thor’s son and co-screen­writer Mark Erick­son, “and they are hun­gry to see these char­ac­ters and types of sto­ries be pro­duced with the re­spect and tal­ent HTC will be bring­ing.” Pro­duced by: TeamTO Cre­ated by: Julien Faivre For­mat: 52 x 11 and 52 x 1 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids Type of an­i­ma­tion: CG Syn­op­sis: We all know that when the world is in dan­ger, it’s time to call on a su­per­hero to save the day with their awe­some pow­ers and ex­tremely chic cos­tumes. But what do these sav­iors of hu­mankind do when the world is per­fectly at peace? Be­lieve it or not, ev­ery­day life isn’t that easy for a su­per­hero — es­pe­cially when you are shar­ing an apart­ment with other un­der­uti­lized su­per­hu­mans. Selling points: With hit se­ries like An­gelo Rules and their first fea­ture Yel­low­bird un­der their belt, the TeamTO crew knows how to de­liver qual­ity an­i­ma­tion — and com­edy. HeroEEK! is de­vel­oped for both lin­ear and non­lin­ear view­ing. So, in ad­di­tion to show­ing view­ers how hard it is to go gro­cery shop­ping while wear­ing a cool mask or take a shower in full body ar­mor in their an­i­mated ad­ven­tures, the he­roes will also be blog­ging their mis­ad­ven­tures and oth­er­wise en­gag­ing view­ers across plat­forms. Pro­duced by: ment Cre­ated by: ings For­mat: 52 x 13 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids Type of an­i­ma­tion: CG Syn­op­sis: This up­dated, high-energy com­edy se­ries about an amaz­ing species of crea­tures that can pop into and out of fuzzy, tech­ni­color balls fol­lows BPPs ( Best Pop­ple Pals) Bub­bles,

Sunny, Lulu, Izzy and Yikes. Al­ways want­ing to help their friends, neigh­bors and each other, their ef­forts of­ten back­fire in hi­lar­i­ous ways. Luck­ily, they al­ways man­age to save the day with a timely pop or two. Selling Points: One of the re­vamped prop­er­ties com­mis­sioned as a fresh Net­flix orig­i­nal, the show has a built-in fan base of adults who fondly re­mem­ber the clas­sic ‘80s toy line and 2D se­ries, while amp­ing up the en­ter­tain­ment for to­day’s de­mand­ing kids. Bol­ster­ing the show will be new prod­ucts from master toy li­censee Spin Master, in­clud­ing plushies launch­ing in the U.S. in De­cem­ber, and a global pan-cat­e­gory roll­out set for next year. “If you look at Net­flix’s or­der of orig­i­nals, this hits on all lev­els for them,” Sa­ban’s SVP of global dis­tri­bu­tion Fred Soulie said. “They are look­ing for IP with legs and this clearly meant some­thing to them – many of their ex­ec­u­tives could have been watch­ing it grow­ing up.” De­liv­ery date: Fall 2015 on Net­flix Pro­duced by: Rain­bow Cre­ated by: Iginio Straffi For­mat: 26 x half-hour Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 5-10 Type of an­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Syn­op­sis: The fa­mil­iar world of fairy tales gets turned on its head in this fresh and fun com­edy. The show cen­ters on Rose Cin­derella, a nor­mal girl who finds her­self trans­ported to the world of Fairy Tales where she dis­cov­ers that Cin­derella is her grand­mother. Rose en­rolls at the fa­bled Re­gal Academy, where her fel­low stu­dents in­clude Hawk SnowWhite, Travis Beast, As­to­ria Ra­pun­zel and Hope LeFrog — all of them heirs of the school’s found­ing fam­i­lies. Selling points: Blend­ing com­edy, mu­sic and ex­cit­ing new an­i­ma­tion tech­niques, Re­gal Academy was first in­tro­duced to MIP-go­ers a cou­ple years ago, but things are start­ing to get in­ter­est­ing for this new con­cept from the cre­ator of global smash-hit Winx Club. Rain­bow re­cently inked deals with lead­ing Euro­pean home en­ter­tain­ment dis­trib­u­tor Just­bridge En­ter­tain­ment, and with Ital­ian pub­lisher Fab­bri Ed­i­tori. “The fact that part­ners are sign­ing up be­fore the show has even broad­cast shows the huge po­ten­tial of this unique prop­erty,” said Rain­bow’s VP of con­tent, dig­i­tal and pub­lish­ing Cris­tiana Buzzelli. Pro­duced by: Ge­nius Brands In­ter­na­tional For­mat: 104 video shorts Tar­get au­di­ence: Girls Type of an­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal Syn­op­sis: When the evil Em­press Geela takes over the Plan­ets of the Pen­tan­gle, its five teenage princesses dis­guise them­selves as mu­si­cians and form a band called Space Pop. Their mis­sion: Spread the mes­sage of free­dom and joy through mu­sic and join the Rebel Re­sis­tance Force to van­quish the con­quer­ing Em­press. It won’t be easy, but it will be full of ad­ven­ture, mu­sic, fash­ion and fun. Selling points: GBI is tak­ing a com­pre­hen­sive brand de­vel­op­ment tack with Space Pop, re­cruit­ing top names in mu­sic, de­sign and sto­ry­telling to boost the an­i­mated shorts se­ries of “cliffhanger mu­sic videos” and global L& M pro­gram. On board are Grammy-nom­i­nated mu­sic pro­ducer Ron Fair, Emmy-nom­i­nated writer Steve Banks ( Sponge­Bob) and the tal­ented artists of Han Lee De­signs, guid­ing the char­ac­ter looks and style of the brand. Plans for fash­ion-for­ward li­censed goods in­clud­ing ap­parel, ac­ces­sories, footwear, fash­ion dolls, games and more are in the works. De­liv­ery date: Pro­duced by: Win­duna En­ter­prises Ltd. Cre­ated by: Based on the books by Va­lerie Thomas and Korky Paul Dis­trib­uted by: Jet­pack Dis­tri­bu­tion For­mat: 52 x 11 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 4-7 Type of an­i­ma­tion: 2D Syn­op­sis: Win­nie is a witch — wild, un­pre­dictable and to­tally lov­able! Wil­bur the cat is her long-suf­fer­ing best friend, who gets tan­gled up in Win­nie’s won­der­fully wrong spells and their hair-rais­ing con­se­quences. To­gether, their amaz­ing and hi­lar­i­ous mis­ad­ven­tures bring a touch of good-na­tured magic into the world. Selling points: First pub­lished in 1987, the best-selling Win­nie & Wil­bur book se­ries is ever-ex­pand­ing, cur­rently tot­ting up over 7 mil­lion copies sold world­wide. Us­ing a unique 2D an­i­ma­tion sys­tem, Scot­tish stu­dio Win­duna has de­signed the show as a richly de­tailed, re-watch­able and au­then­tic fan ex­pe­ri­ence that also ex­pands Win­nie’s uni­verse. “We’re in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about bring­ing these much loved char­ac­ters to our preschool au­di­ence,” said Chan­nel 5 head of chil­dren’s Jes­sica Sy­mons. “Win­nie and Wil­bur are bound to sur­prise and de­light young chil­dren and no doubt will have them in stitches of laugh­ter, too.” Broad­cast­ers: Com­mis­sioned by Chan­nel 5 for MILK­SHAKE! Sta­tus: Pre-pro­duc­tion Pro­duced by: The Jim Hen­son Com­pany Cre­ated by: Alex Rock­well For­mat: 26 x 11 Tar­get au­di­ence: Preschool Type of an­i­ma­tion: Hen­son Dig­i­tal Pup­petry Syn­op­sis: Young view­ers will fol­low four adorable baby an­i­mals as they sing, dance and play their way through daily rou­tines, learn­ing new and ex­cit­ing words along the way. There’s Franny the chee­tah cub, a smart nat­u­ral-born leader; Bai­ley the sweet, sen­si­tive ele­phant calf; Pip the en­er­getic wal­laby; and Lulu, the lov­able baby panda and res­i­dent party an­i­mal who loves to celebrate newly learned words with a “Word Party!” Selling points: The highly in­ter­ac­tive se­ries in­vites kids to play teacher, help­ing the an­i­mals while learn­ing along with them. “Given the nu­mer­ous stud­ies show­ing that strong spo­ken lan­guage skills are the ba­sis for lit­er­acy de­vel­op­ment, this se­ries will pro­vide mean­ing­ful ed­u­ca­tional con­tent through en­gag­ing sto­ry­telling and char­ac­ters, and we an­tic­i­pate high de­mand for the se­ries around the world,” said JHC’s EVP of global dis­tri­bu­tion Richard Gold­smith. And the stu­dio’s pro­pri­etary Dig­i­tal Pup­petry tech lends the an­i­ma­tion a life­like and spon­ta­neous qual­ity. De­liv­ery date: 2016, com­mis­sioned by Net­flix Pro­duced by: JAM Media, Dou­ble Z and Flick­er­pix in part­ner­ship with CBBC and RTEjr Cre­ated by: Ciaran Mor­ri­son and Mick O’Hara For­mat: 26 x 11 Tar­get au­di­ence: Kids 6-9 Type of an­i­ma­tion: Dig­i­tal 2D Syn­op­sis: This fish-out-ofwa­ter style toon sit­com fol­lows Zig and Zag, two tweenage alien broth­ers who crash land in hum­drum Earth­ling subur­bia and set up home. Their fun-filled ad­ven­tures are hatched from a de­sire to “make the most of” what Earth has to of­fer. With death de­fy­ing stunts, crazy in­ven­tions and gen­eral silly sib­ling stuff, Zig and Zag are far from your nor­mal neigh­bors. Selling points: Zig and Zag were first in­tro­duced to view­ers as pup­pet char­ac­ters on ‘90s pro­grams The Den ( RTE Ire­land) and Big Break­fast ( Chan­nel 4 U. K.), and are set to win over a new gen­er­a­tion of fans with their an­i­mated re­boot. Orig­i­nal voice stars Ciaran Mor­ri­son and Mick O’Hara serve as the spin-off’s cre­ators and writ­ers, so older fans can rest as­sured it will def­i­nitely be true to the char­ac­ters. Well, with a hip twist: Ricky Wil­son and Si­mon Rix of multi-award­win­ning Brit­pop group Kaiser Chiefs cre­ated the new theme song. Broad­cast­ers: CBBC, RTEjr De­liv­ery date: Spring 2016 [

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