Icon Animation Brings New Crop to Discop

Barcelona-based producer and distributor Icon Animation is taking a full slate of new animated programs to Discop 2005, the content and formats market exclusively dedicated to Central and Eastern Europe’s booming television, cable, satellite, DVD, theatrical, mobile and broadband sectors. The show kicks off on June 24 in Paris, France.

Icon will be offering a peek at 73 new episodes of its own series, Vitaminix (www.vitaminix.tv), a colourful series that teaches kids about the benefits of healthy eating. The program, already sold in Spain, France, Italy, Latin America (Nickelodeon), the U.S., Asia (Disney) and Hungary, and is available in more than 8 languages. This fall will see the release of ten books and DVDs based on the property.

"Vitaminix has proven perfect with buyers around the world as more and more parents are concerned with what their kids are eating," says Christophe Goldberger, newly appointed head of distribution and marketing for Icon. "Broadcasters enjoy having our cross-media property associated with their own brand."

Icon Animation is also looking for presales for its new girl-targeted property, Lola & Virginia (www.lolavirginia.com), Now in production, the animated sitcom for the 6-12 set tells the story of Lola, a 12-year-old who considers herself the local princess until a stuck-up, popular rich kid named Virginia enters her life. This Icon Animation, Millimages, France 3, TV Catalunya and ETB co-production has also been pre-sold to Cartoon Network Latin America, Tele Madrid and RCTV in Venezuela.

From the producers of Disney’s Alfred The Postman, Icon Animation distributes in Eastern Europe and worldwide The Nimbos (26×6’), a hilarious 3D black comedy series portraying the adventures of an overly dedicated TV crew reinterpreting familiar myths such as pirates, vampires, or castaways. New episodes are available for screening at DISCOP. Delivery fall 2005.

Icon Animation also now holds the distribution rights for all of Eastern Europe for the three animated feature films from producer Irusoin: Supertramps (1×70’), Glup! A Waste Side Story (1×75’) and The Crab Island (1×70’).

Goldberger, formerly of Paris-based Moonscoop and Montréal’s Klik Animation, will be attending DISCOP at Marketplace Viewing Booth #0. For more information on Icon Animation, go to www.icon-animation.com.