France Animation Closes Pre-MIPCOM Sales

Even before heading into MIPCOM 2003, youth programming producer/distributor France Animation has concluded a raft of worldwide sales and renewals for its animation and documentary offerings.

The preschool series Cosy Corner has sold to Italy’s RAI 3, while the internationally successful show Titeuf has been renewed by Spain’s Antena 3 and RTBF in Belgium. In France, Madeline has sold to Canal+ and a major deal has been signed with Game One, a French channel partly owned by MTV, for Cosmo Warrior Zero and other manga series set to air in September.

Cosy Corner, produced by Storimages and co-produced by France 5 and Teletoon France, features a host of soft, cuddly CG animal characters who relate messages about making new friends. France Animation holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.

Aimed at kids 7-14, Titeuf has been sold in more than 30 territories. The popular series is a co-production of France Animation, Editions Glenat, Canal J, France 3 and SMEC, in partnership with RAI, Atari (Infogrames) & Universal.

Wheel Squad, which proved popular on Fox Kids Latin America, has sold to Mexico’s 11 Channel. The action series is a co-production of France Animation, M6, Praxinos, Colorland, and RAI. Canal+ Belgique co-produced the first season of the show about hip-hop kids who get around on skates, skateboards, roller blades and mountain bikes.

In a separate deal, France Animation’s documentary series Insectoscope has sold to 11 Channel in Mexico and TVN in Chile, with VEA snapping up the video rights for Australia. Insectoscope is a France Animation co-production with MC4 and TF1, in collaboration with RAI. The show offers an up-close look at the insect kingdom.

In Asia, France Animation has signed a deal licensing Nothing but Monsters, a series of interstitials aimed at young adults, to Japanese distributor H&M.

In addition to sales news, France Animation is in production on the series Little Vampire. The first episodes will be available at MipJunior and MipCom for preview, with final delivery planned for fall 2004. Also slated for a fall 2004 delivery is Space Lunies, which is now in production. New projects from the company include Tam & Melody and Space DJs, co-developed with Spectra Animation from Canada.