MIPCOM is now under way in Cannes, with buyers and sellers from all over the world converging to work out deals.
Here’s the latest from the Croisette:
• Cartoon Network U.K. has acquired the U.K. and Ireland pay-TV rights to Pip Ahoy! for its Cartoonito channel, and RTE has acquired free-TV rights for Ireland. Pip Ahoy! is the No. 1 children’s show in the U.K. for ages 4-9. A master toy-license deal has recently been signed with John Adams and there will be more licensing and publishing deals announced soon.
• Launched Oct. 5 on TV Asahi in Japan, Toei Animation’s animated sci-fi adventure, World Trigger, will be available to international broadcasters at Mipcom 2014. Based on the hit manga by Daisuke Ashihara, World Trigger begins with the opening of a mysterious rift that brings our world into collision with a strange and dangerous new universe that’s home to a variety of lethal monsters.
• Zodiak Kids announces the launch of Marathon Media’s new production Get Blake! (52×11′) an animated comedy series filled with visual gags and delirious characters, developed in partnership with Nickelodeon and Gulli.
• HIT Entertainment has unveiled an all-new look for Bob the Builder in the upcoming CG-animated series of the show. The new CG-animated series – which will be delivered in late 2015 – will see Bob the Builder continuing to bring the world of construction to life for kids, with exciting characters, new relatable locations and an aspirational hero.
• HIT Entertainment has announced global entertainment company DHX Media as its animation partner on a brand new CG animated series of Little People. The animated preschool series of 52 x 11′ episodes, planned for release in late 2015, showcases a unique format and emphasizes the power that imagination and group play can have on discovery and critical thinking skills.
• Brown Bag Films and Cyber Group Studios announce the development of Gilbert and Allie, a CGI series for ages 6-10. Created by Bronagh O’Hanlon, Gilbert and Allie is an odd-couple supernatural comedy about the sparks and spells that fly when a teenage girl who just wants to be popular discovers she has extraordinary powers. Gilbert and Allie is in full development in Dublin and Paris with a literary and graphic bible available and scripts underway.