MIP: Fresh Toons, New Deals Lead Up to Cannes Confab

Pat the Dog
Pat the Dog

FranceTV Distribution has a couple animated highlights among its diverse MIP slate. First up, a brand-new 3D season of Little Brown Bear, the famous preschool series from Bayard. The (52 x 7’) series will launch at MIP Junior, offering young viewers new explorations of first discoveries and important feelings, and introducing Little Brown Bear’s cousin, Big Red Bear. On the manic-comedy side, FranceTV is showcasing Rabbids Invasion Season 4. Currently in production by Ubisoft Motion Pictures, the upcoming adventures begin when Mad Rabbid inadvertently discovers a mysterious flying submarine in the junkyard, and the Rabbids set out for the paradisiacal Bretzel Island. MIPCOM Stand P-1.D50/P-1.E51.

FremantleMedia Kids & Family continues to send the world’s greatest secret agent on exciting global missions, announcing new deals for its CBBC co-pro action-comedy Danger Mouse (52 x11’). Discovery Italia has acquired both seasons, while the spunky second season also heads to Nickelodeon in Germany (coming Q1 2018) and Sky Television in New Zealand (coming December). Danger Mouse will premiere on Gulli (France) and MBC (Middle East) in early 2018, continuing the rollout started with the Netflix US/international debut. FMK and its agents Biplano, MBC and ProsiebenSat are now implementing licensing programs in key territories. MIPCOM Stand C11.

Indie French distributor Superights has secured new homes for its (78 x 7’) CG cartoon comedy Pat the Dog in Europe, and announced that Season 2 is now in preparation. The Walt Disney Company picked up free TV rights for Spain (where it premiered Sept. 18) and Germany (coming 2018, following Turner’s pay TV window), and TV3 Catalunya also snapped the show up for Super 3, airing weekdays. Produced by Superprod (at Vanilla Seed in Angouleme) and Italy’s Animoka Canal+ Family, Teletoon+ and RAI, the show has secured broadcast in 180 territories. MIPCOM Stand R7.G19. www.superights.net.

TV PinGuim, Latin America’s leading animation company, announces further sales of its science-themed preschool smash Earth to Luna! (52 x 11’) to PTS (Taiwan), Discovery Family (US), RTP (Portugal), iQiyi (VOD China) and Discovery MENA. TV PinGuim is heading into MIP with a third season that takes Luna off her grandparents’ ranch and around the world. The studio is also shopping The Charlie Show (52 x 12’), a new pre-k series currently in development which introduces funny, chatty talk-show host Charlie the sheep, who seeks to get the bottom of it all by interviewing Things and getting to know them. MIPCOM Stand P-1.A89.

China’s leading kids & family entertainment co UYoung and Belfast-based BAFTA winner Sixteen South have teamed for a new, untitled (52 x 11’) preschool series. Currently in development, the show aims to charm young viewers with its unique angle on love and friendship across different cultures and nations — more details TBA in the New Year. Further, UYoung has snagged Sixteen South’s Lily’s Driftwood Bay for all rights in China,  and will be shopping the pre-k property at China Licensing Expo in Shanghai later this month.  Sixteen South will be at MIPCOM stand P4.B1. www.sixteensouth.tv

Pat the Dog

Pat the Dog

Little Brown Bear

Little Brown Bear

Lily's Driftwood Bay

Lily’s Driftwood Bay

Danger Mouse season 2

Danger Mouse season 2

The Charlie Show

The Charlie Show