Taffy Ent. Greets Latin America with Hola

Taffy Ent., the exclusive distribution company of independent animation studio Mike Young Prods., is stepping up its efforts to expand in the Spanish-language market. Under a new agreement, Hola Ent. will distribute the company’s properties in Latin America. Hola’s Mercedes Alvarez will handle representation of Taffy product.

Taffy has already established a strong presence in the Latin American market, having sold Pet Alien to Cartoon Network Latin America and ToddWorld and Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks to Discovery Kids Latin America. Shows slated for launch in 2005/2006 include dive Olly dive!; I Got A Rocket!; El Corazon; and Quantum Ray.

"Our shows continue to be in great demand in the Latin American market," says Taffy exec VP Regis Brown. "So, we’re delighted to have Mercedes Alvarez supporting Taffy Ent.’s efforts in this key territory. Her wonderful track record with children’s entertainment in Latin America, combined with Taffy’s fresh new supply of neutral Spanish and Portuguese versions of children’s programs, is an excellent combination."

Mike Young Prods.’ latest offering, the CG comedy series Pet Alien, will make its U.S. debut on Cartoon Network this Sunday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. (ET, PT). Distributed by Taffy Ent., the series will also air this quarter on Cartoon Network Europe, as well as all of the network’s broadcast services in Latin America, Asia/Pacific and Japan.

Pet Alien follows the adventures of extraterrestrials who visit the seaside town of DeSpray Bay to experience life on Earth firsthand. Dinko, Gumpers, Flip, Swanky and Scruffy take up residence in the lighthouse hideaway of 12-year-old Tommy and attempt to help the boy with his daily challenges. For more information, go to www.petalien.com.