Ten­cent In­vests in FZ Ent.’s ‘CoNaBLUE’

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hi­nese tech­nol­ogy and me­dia giant Ten­cent has agreed to in­vest in 30% of the to­tal bud­get of a new car­toon se­ries- CoNaBLUE, which is an orig­i­nal an­i­ma­tion of China’s FZ En­ter­tain­ment. The deal in­cludes the two com­pa­nies’ cash in­vest­ment and uti­liza­tion of Ten­cent’s pro­mo­tion re­sources in Ten­cent video and its mo­bile plat­form which worth more than one hun­dred mil­lion yuan.

We are con­nected in the world, no mat­ter where we are, in the sky, on the ground or un­der the ocean. Though di­verse crea­tures in na­ture are dif­fer­ent species with var­i­ous ap­pear­ances, they are closely linked with oth­ers in sym­bioses which make them can­not live with­out sym­bi­otic part­ners. Our bud­dies, the lit­tle dol­phin Colum­bus and his friends, the lead­ing roles of the an­i­mated se­ries CoNaBLUE which is cre­ated and pro­duced by FZ En­ter­tain­ment and co-cre­ated by Jieli Pub­lish­ing House, are part­ners with dif­fer­ent skills and per­son­al­i­ties which are in a re­la­tion­ship sim­i­lar to such mu­tu­al­ism. They are clever guys with spir­its of ad­ven­ture. They trust and sup­port each other dur­ing their ex­plo­ration and pro­tec­tion of ecosys­tem.

“CoNaBLUE” will be­gin its exclusive weekly up­date at Ten­cent video in the sec­ond half of next year, and it is ex­pected to com­plete the pro­duc­tion of the first 52 episodes x 13min­utes se­ries by the end of Septem­ber 2019. On Oc­to­ber 14 this year, the FZ En­ter­tain­ment will bring the ti­tle CoNaBLUE to MIPJu­nior&MIPCOM 2017 in Cannes and ne­go­ti­ate with var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional broad­cast­ers, chan­nels and mul­ti­ple buy­ers about dis­tribut­ing, re­leas­ing, li­cens­ing and co­op­er­a­tion port­fo­lio. With the sup­port of China’s sec­ond largest elec­tronic shop­ping web­site”JD.com” brought by Ten­cent, the project also will start the mer­chan­dis­ing plan to de­velop a se­ries of toys and other com­modi­ties and make on­line pro­mo­tion through JD.com which is one of the largest on­line shop­ping plat­form in China with 236.5 mil­lion ac­tive users. The plan will fully ap­ply the ma­jor char­ac­ters, artis­tic cre­ativ­i­ties of the se­ries and trans­for­ma­tive ve­hi­cles which the lead­ing roles use to com­mer­cial­iza­tion au­tho­riza­tion and will de­ve­l­ope Char­ac­ter toy theme toys cars toys and in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing toys. The project of CoNaBLUE an­i­ma­tion theme amuse­ment park is also in ne­go­ti­a­tion.

C It’s time for the un­der­rated off­spring of mytho­log­i­cal crea­tures and reg­u­lar an­i­mals to step into the an­i­ma­tion spot­light. The highly orig­i­nal (52 x 11’) new show Myth­fits from Tech­ni­color and Obie Scott Wade (cre­ator of Julius & Friends and SheZow) is set in a place called Myth­fit Is­land, where the friend­ship be­tween Pi­ga­sus (part pig, part Pe­ga­sus) and Don­k­ey­corn (part don­key, part uni­corn) drives sto­ries cen­tered on self-dis­cov­ery, mind­ful­ness and in­clu­sive­ness.

“There may be other mashup brands out there, but what makes Myth­fits stand out is the clear fo­cus of the con­cept… real + myth. Each new mashup char­ac­ter that’s in­tro­duced never ceases to put a smile on my face,” says Ali­son Warner, VP of IP sales, ac­qui­si­tions and co-pros at Tech­ni­color.

C Peyo’s lit­tle blue vil­lagers are com­ing back to the small screen. Of­fi­cial li­cen­sor IMPS has joined forces with Dupuis Au­dio­vi­suel to cre­ate a fresh TV se­ries star­ring The Smurfs. Cur­rently in pre-devel­op­ment, the show will be pro­duced and of­fered as a pack of 13-minute episodes. “The Smurfs TV se­ries pro­duced by Hanna-Bar­bera in the 1980s is a highly suc­cess­ful se­ries, still be­ing broad­cast on a global scale. But cre­at­ing a new se­ries, giv­ing the Smurfs an up­dated look, was just a log­i­cal next step for the property af­ter three Hol­ly­wood movies,” said Véronique Cul­li­ford, pres­i­dent of IMPS. “We are very happy to em­bark on this ex­cit­ing jour­ney with the Dupuis group, one of our his­tor­i­cal part­ners on Smurf comic books and an­i­ma­tion.”

The glob­ally beloved Smurfs were first cre­ated by Bel­gian car­toon­ist Peyo (Pierre Cul­li­ford) in 1958 and soon ap­peared in an­i­mated movies and the­atri­cal car­toons. They re­cently starred in Sony’s fully-an­i­mated movie Smurfs: The Lost Vil­lage, which was re­leased ear­lier this year and is out on disc and dig­i­tal now.

C Canada’s 9 Story Dis­tri­bu­tion and China’s Magic Mall En­ter­tain­ment are join­ing forces to dis­trib­ute a charm­ing an­i­mated se­ries ti­tled Luo Bao Bei. The (52 x 11’) show, which is cre­ated and pro­duced by Magic Mall with Cloth Cat An­i­ma­tion in Wales, cen­ters on the ad­ven­tures of a bright, imag­i­na­tive seven-year-old girl and her an­i­mal friends. Dave Ing­ham, who is known for his award-win­ning work on Shaun the Sheep and The Oc­to­nauts, is the show’s head writer.

“We are so thrilled to be rep­re­sent­ing this one-of-a-kind property,” says Alix Wise­man, 9 Story’s VP of ac­qui­si­tions & business devel­op­ment. “We im­me­di­ately fell in love with Luo Bao Bei’s ir­re­press­ible de­ter­mi­na­tion and with the funny and touch­ing sto­ry­lines about grow­ing up and be­ing part of a fam­ily…We feel the se­ries has tremen­dous po­ten­tial around the world and can’t wait to share ini­tial episodes at MIPCOM.” “Luo Bao Bei’s ex­pe­ri­ence is drawn from con­tem­po­rary China, but her cu­rios­ity and love for life is uni­ver­sal,” adds Alex Chien, the show’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. “We love how she fig­ures things out around her with the help from her fam­ily and friends. She learns to be both smarter and kinder as each story un­folds.”

41 En­ter­tain­ment has signed a dis­tri­bu­tion deal agree­ment with Ac­tivi­sion Bliz­zard Stu­dios for Sky­lan­ders Academy. New York-based 41E is now the exclusive global sales agent for tele­vi­sion and home en­ter­tain­ment dis­tri­bu­tion of the pop­u­lar se­ries. The se­ries is based on the pop­u­lar Sky­lan­ders videogame fran­chise, which has brought in over $35 bil­lion in sales since it was in­tro­duced in 2011. It cen­ters on the war­riors of the Sky­lands, led by Spyro (voiced by Justin Long) as they are trained to pro­tect the uni­verse from evil. The star-stud­ded cast also in­cludes Ash­ley Tisdale, Jonathan Banks, Feli­cia Day, Bob­cat Goldth­wait, Norm Macdon­ald, Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara and Susan Saran­don.

The show is pro­duced by Ac­tivi­sion Bliz­zard Stu­dios with Paris-based TeamTO in charge of the an­i­ma­tion. Net­flix pre­mieres the sec­ond sea­son of Sky­lan­ders Academy in Oc­to­ber. The stream­ing en­tity has al­ready picked up the show through its third sea­son, with new episodes to pre­miere in 2018.

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