9 Story Distribution International has snagged worldwide distribution rights to the new, 3D animated preschool series Dr. Panda; excluding China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and select rights within MENA. The series is based on the award-winning app franchise with more than 95 million downloads and 5 million active users per month, and is set for completion in December 2018. 9 Story will be shopping the series at MIPJunior and MIPCOM next month with several completed episodes to show.
“We are truly excited to be representing this gorgeous series,” said Alix Wiseman, VP Acquisitions & Business Development for 9 Story Distribution International. “The show delivers fresh storytelling which will resonate with preschoolers and is packed with characters full of warmth and charm.”
Dr. Panda (39 x 7’; Kids 3-6) is set in the wonderful world of Panda City, where Dr. Panda tries out a new profession each day, working with his friends. Using creativity and teamwork, Dr. Panda always saves the day — whether it’s a mix-up at the post office, a chicken stuck in a tree, or the case of the disappearing carrots!
The show is created and produced by Lin Yan with Giggle Garage (Origanimals, Kazoops, Cam and Leon) and Spider Eye (Jungle Junction, Thomas & Friends, The Happos Family. It is written by Daan Velsink (Panic!, Snapshot, Bingo!) and Chris Parker (Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep), and directed by Patrick Chin.
“We’re thrilled to partner with 9 Story Distribution International on the global distribution of Dr. Panda,” said Lin Yan, Dr. Panda CEO. “Drawing on 9 Story’s expert resources in distribution, combined with our proven expertise in app development and ever-growing global fan base, we now move forward in the sure knowledge that Dr. Panda will become a best friend for kids worldwide, not only through educational apps and toys, but also animated series.”