Paris-based Xilam Animation is boosting its reach in Latin America through a significant package deal with TC Ecuador. The Ecuadorian public broadcaster has picked up slapstick comedy Zig & Sharko (78 x 7’) and A Kind of Magic (26 x 26’), the studio’s hit animation based on character designs by illustrator Arthur de Pins (Zombillenium). Rounding out the deal, TC Ecuador has also acquired seasons 3-7 of Xilam’s internationally successful flagship series Oggy and the Cockroaches (339 x 7’). The trio of shows will launch on the channel over the coming year.
Morgann Favennec, EVP Global Sales Development at Xilam Animation, said: “As we continue to build upon the global success of our portfolio, Latin America is of increasing importance to our business and presents a significant growth opportunity across our line-up of kids’ animated comedies. This latest partnership With TC Ecuador highlights the universal appeal of our content and we’re thrilled to have secured our first local Ecuadorian broadcast deals for Zig & Sharko and A Kind of Magic, in addition to giving audiences the chance to enjoy fun new adventures with Oggy and the Cockroaches.”
This deal expands Xilam’s rapidly growing presence in Latin America where the studio’s first preschool series Paprika premiered last October on Disney Junior across the region. Discovery Latin America is also gearing up to debut Xilam’s new kids’ comedy series, Mr Magoo, based on the hugely successful 1960s cartoon of the same name.
Xilam is also celebrating impressive growth across its YouTube channels in Latin America. The Oggy and the Cockroaches channel boasts 30k subscribers from Latin America and notches up over 500k monthly views in the region, while the Zig & Sharko channel has around 580k subscribers from the market.