On the heels of a number of similar recent deals, Spanish indie Icon Animation has sold its popular girl-skewed show Lola & Virginia to TV2 Norway at this year’s MIPTV in Cannes.
‘We are very happy to work with TV2 to bring (the show) to a new audience in Norway,’ says Christophe Goldberger, Icon’s head of distribution and marketing. ‘We’re currently in discussions with a number of potential licensing and merchandising partners to manage the brand in the region and hope to be able to announce a home video deal shortly.’
Recent pre-MIPTV sales for Lola include one to free TV channel SBT and a licensing and merchandising deal with agent Creative Licensing in Brazil. The series has also been picked up in Romania by Kanal D and in Russia by MUZ TV. Ireland’s TG4, meanwhile, has taken the show in a deal with Millimages, which shares distribution with Icon Animation.
Lola & Virginia premiered in the U.S. last June and on Nickelodeon Latin America last July. It is set to launch on France 3 and RTVE this year following other public broadcasters TV3, ETB and RTP. The series has also been picked up by Nickelodeon in France and Asia, the Disney Channel in Spain and Italy, Canal Panda in Portugal, The Children Channel in Israel and RCTV Venezuela. Icon Animation holds all distribution rights worldwide except for France, French speaking Switzerland, Benelux, the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand where rights are held by Millimages.
Lola & Virginia is a co-prod between Icon Animation, Millimages, France 3, TV Catalunya and ETB and is based on the original concept created by Myriam Ballesteros, founding partner of Icon Animation with Sergi Reitg.