Galleon Holdings plc. announced today that the merchandising line based on its animated TV series Skunk Fu! is set to launch in the U.S. at the 2008 Licensing Show International, taking place June 10-12 in New York City. The cartoon made its U.S. debut in September of 2007 during the Kids’ WB! block on The CW, and recently debuted on Cartoon Network.
Galleon has appointed The Sharpe Company Inc. as licensing agent for Skunk Fu! in North America. The toy line, developed and produced in-house by Croco Sourcing Worldwide, a wholly owned subsidiary of Galleon, will premiere at the Licensing Show at The Sharpe Group’s booth (No. 4309). In addition, Galleon is in talks with a DVD distribution partner for the U.S.
Skunk Fu! is created by Aidan Harte and produced by Cartoon Saloon, Cake Ent. and Telegael for TG4 in Ireland and Super RTL in Germany. The series of 52 13-minute comical adventures that revolve around a young western skunk learning Kung Fu from a wise old Panda in China so that he can help the resistance fight against the evil Dragon and his army of Ninja Monkeys. The show features madcap humor and adventure themes aimed at kids aged 6-12.
The series has been sold by TV distribution partner Cake Ent. in more 100 territories. Broadcast partners include France 5 and Canal J in France, RAISAT in Italy, ABC in Australia, SVT in Sweden, RTBF in Belgium and Cartoon Network in Europe, Australia, Asia and Latin America. All audiovisual exploitation rights are controlled by Cake Distribution and all licensing and merchandising rights (excluding Germany) are handled by Galleon Plc. Both companies are equity owners of the property.