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MIPCOM News: Nerd Corps, DHX Media, CreaCon & Ameba
It’s only the first day of the MIPCOM content market in France, and we’re already flooded with news about new partnerships, series launches and the usual global TV sales for properties. First up, Canadian producer Nerd Corps has begun production on its first animated preschool show Kate and Mim-Mim. Created by award-winning husband and wife team Scott and Julie Stewart, the preschool toon (52 x 11) centers on the friendship between a feisty five-year-old named Kate, and her plush toy bunny, Mim-Mim, who can grow 10 times his size. FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) will have exclusive worldwide distribution and licensing rights outside of Canada and will launch the new title to buyers at MIPCOM. Kay Benbow at CBeebies has ordered the first season for broadcast in the U.K.
Meanwhile, another Canuck toon house DHX Media announced the sale of its animated preschool show dirtgirlworld to German kids channel KiKA. Airing on Sprout in the U.S., CBeebies in the U.K., on CBC Canada and ABC Australia, dirtgirlworld features a distinctive blend of live action and animation with photomontage and illustration that takes the audience to a world where the real and unreal collide. The series shares an environmental message, explores the natural world and invites the audience to “go get grubby” with dirtgirl, a gumboot-wearing girl who grows awesome tomatoes, knows clouds’ names and drives a big orange tractor. The 26 x 22 show is a co-production between Australia’s mememe productions and DHX Media.
SkyVision’s popular pre-school show City of Friends also got some good news today. Russian broadcaster CarouselTV has acquired two 26 x 10 minute series and two 3-minute specials of the Norwegian children’s production CreaCon Group’s series. City of Friends has been sold into more than 180 countries worldwide and has been translated into more than 23 languages. Broadcasters include including Channel 5 (UK), Boomerang and Cartoon Network (Nordics), France TV (France), Aljazeera (Middle East & North Africa), M-Net (Africa), HOP! (Israel) and Yoopa (Canada). The show will celebrate its first broadcast anniversary in the UK on Channel 5’s Milkshake! on October 16th.
Indie animation producer and distributor Bejuba! Entertainment (The Hive) also announced a partnership with children’s streaming TV provider Ameba. Under the new deal, Ameba will offer three Bejuba! Properties)–The Big Comfy Couch, Musti, and Sooty to more than 5 million Internet-connected consumer electronics devices throughout the U.S. and Canada.