Mango to Bear Fruit in Asia, Australia

Philippines-based production studio Top Draw Animation and Australian TV producer Sticky Pictures have formed Mango Distribution, a new company specializing in Asian, Australian and New Zealand territories. Slated to launch at MipJunior in October, Mango will operate from offices in Manila, New York and Sydney.

Heading up the company will be Top Draw’s Wayne Dearing and Sticky Pictures Donna Andrews, who will also act as Mango’s sales agent for New Zealand and Australia. For Asia, Mango has enlisted the talent of experienced Sales Manager, Kerry Novick, who will bring 14 years of experience in the Asian marketplace.

Among the company’s hot new slate is Pearlie, a 26 x 24 minute urban fairy tale animated comedy based on the best-selling books by comedienne, Wendy Harmer. Targeted to kids aged 6 to 10, Pearlie is a co-production between Sticky Pictures (Australia) and Nelvana (Canada). It has already been presold to Network Ten and Nickelodeon in Australia as well as YTV Canada.

Mango also represents U.S. Emmy-winning preschool series, WordWorld. The 26 x 24 minute series is targeted to preschoolers and is a co-production between PBS Kids and the U.S. Department of Education. WordWorld introduces preschoolers to the wonderful world of reading, where words come alive.

‘Mango Distribution is looking for the right properties and partners to expand our library. We look forward to discussing new and exciting projects with the production community at MIPCOM’, notes Mango director Donna Andrews.