Cre­ative Ar­chi­tec­ture

Animation Magazine - - Spotlight -

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.

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