AHow Cyber Group Studios has built a foundation for success in the children’s entertainment market.
sk the ancients: the best way to build something that lasts is to start with a strong, broad foundation. Today, president Pierre Sissmann,co-founder and COO Dominique Bourse and their team at French production and distribution house Cyber Group Studios are applying the same concept to build a steady supply of solid properties for the ever-evolving kids’ entertainment field.
Over the last decade, Cyber Group has found success by continuing to push its productions forward and expand its horizons when it comes to scouting talent and seeking co-production opportunities. From the breakout CG preschool hit Zou (156 x 11) to the reimagined swashbuckling adventures of Zorro the Chronicles ( 26 x 22) — which will be honored as this year’s MIP Junior World Premiere — it’s clear the strategy works.
Currently, Sissmann says that Cyber Group has about 15 projects in development and production. The goal is for this large production slate to generate projects suited for different age groups, territories and broadcasters over the coming years while giving them the time and attention they need to be fruitful. In addition to Zorro and season three of Zou, current and upcoming productions include Mirette Investigates ( 52 x 11) for TF1, Canal Plus and WDR; an adaptation of Jonny Duddle’s The Pirates Next Door commissioned by France Televisions; and the recently delivered TF1 Production co-pro Mini Ninjas ( 52 x 11), exec produced by Cyber Group.