Zinkia, Carlton Int’l Hatch New Preschool Series

Madrid’s Zinkia Ent. is staffing up to produce a new CG preschool property with Carlton International. The 52-part series, titled Pocoyó, goes into production in December and is intended for broadcast on ITV in the U.K.

To produce the animation, Zinkia has recruited a team of 25 artists from both traditional and digital animation backgrounds. Magoga Piñas, one of Spain’s leading 3D animation specialists, will bring more than 10 years of experience to the production team. His credits include the 2003 feature film La Gran Aventura de Mortadelo y Filemon, as well as various commercials and graphics projects.

Zinkia president Jose Maria Castillejo comments, "Pocoyó has attracted a tremendous amount of interest amongst animators and technicians in Madrid and we have been inundated with people wanting to join the production department."

The 52×7 animated series focuses on a young child’s discovery of the world around him. Pocoyó is a little boy with an insatiable curiosity and a great sense of fun, who lives in a world of limitless opportunities.

Zinkia operates as three complementary creative units: Zinkia MOTIONCREW creates and produces a wide range of audio-visual content for television; Zinkia SONOCREW composes and produces original themes and incidental music, in addition to creating sound effects for internet and audio-visual applications; and Zinkia GAMECREW is dedicated to the development of single-player and multi-player games and entertainment services for the Internet, wireless and interactive television platforms.