Paris-based Dargaud Distribution will see its classic properties and new shows get wider exposure throughout Europe via a number of new TV and home video deals in the U.K., Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia.
Nickelodeon U.K. has acquired three feature films in Dargauds Asterix series. Meanwhile, Optimum has picked up home video rights to the property in the U.K. Also in the U.K,. Anchor Bay has picked up the video rights to Excalibur, a 40×26 2D/3D series aimed at kids 8-12.
Italian childrens channel Rai Tre Bambini has picked up Dargauds new 2D-animated preschool series, The Adventures of Little Brown Bear. Based on the popular book by Marianne Aubinais and Daniele Bour, the show was recently bought by Walt Disney Television Intl Asia Pacific for broadcast on six Playhouse Disney Channels in Asia.
Arrait Multimedia of Spain has snatched up television, home video and licensing rights to Kid Paddle. The comic-book-based show airs on Jetix Spain. Also in Spain, The Adventures of Little Brown Bear, Babar and Beccassine have sold to Divisa Home Video, and DVD Video Spain has acquired both seasons of The Adventures of Lucky Luke, which has also been bought by VRT in Dutch-speaking Belgium and Danish public broadcaster DRTV.
All 52 13-minute episodes of Little King Macius have been sold to Germanys KI.KA for TV and Morefilms has bought 52 13-minute episodes of Kitou for home video distribution in Spain.
In Scandinavia, Dargauds half-hour, clay-animated family special, Ponpon, was picked up by SVT Sweden, DRTV Denmark, YLE Finland and NRK Norway. Meanwhile, TV2 Norway and IBC Iceland have joined SVT Sweden, DRTV Denmark and YLE Finland in acquiring rights to the hour-long Christmas Special Jojo.
Darguad will be at MIP-TV in Cannes, France in April to launch the new series Billy & Buddy (104×6:30), Trotro (78×3:30) and Pirate Family (40×26), as well as fresh episodes of Kid Paddle.
Based on the classic French Boule & Bill comics, Billy & Buddy is a 2D-animated preschool series for kids 4-7 that follows the adventures of a boy and his canine friend. Targeted to preschoolers, Trotro centers on a high-spirited little donkey whose escapades and mishaps help kids learn about life. Finally, Pirate Family targets kids 8 and up with a look inside the wacky world of Captain MacLimpet and his merry crew. The series is co-produced by Ellipsanime, Motion International, TFC GMBH, France 3 and WDR.