Toon2Tango, the new kids & family entertainment venture headed by Ulli Stoef and Jo Daris, announced that its new original adventure-comedy Monster Loving Maniacs (52 x 11′) has been commissioned by Super RTL (Germany). Created and produced by JA Film in co-production with Ginger Pictures, the 2D series for kids 6-9 follows three kids being trained as monster hunters by their tough old grandfather. Cool, clever and tough young teen Edith, monster-phobic monster expert Ernest (he’s 10) and Bo, a fearless and often reckless five-year old, are massive, all-knowing horror fans. They love dangerous paranormal creatures and want to protect them – and take selfies with them if possible! Grandpa Arthur, however, prefers to capture monsters and keep them in suspended animation in a prison in his basement, so he and the kids don’t always see eye-to-eye on monster welfare.
Cloudco Entertainment‘s update on an American Greetings classic, Care Bears: Unlock the Magic has launched with Nickelodeon Latin America. The 2D series debuted April 1 on Noggin and airs on Nick LatAm. The pick up includes the show’s 48 x 11′ episodes and two 22-minute specials. Care Bears: Unlock the Magic follows Cheer Bear, Grumpy Bear, Good Luck Bear, Funshine Bear and Share Bear as they embark on a new adventure from Care-A-Lot to the Silver Lining, a beautiful strange world inhabited by the Whiffles, a group of innocently happy creatures that plant seeds to keep the magical land of Care-A-Lot growing. Throughout the series, the Care Bears use their belly badge powers to spread messages of sharing, caring, friendship and courage while making sure to have lots of laughs along the way.
Gutsy Animations is winning over Nordic broadcasters with its internationally celebrated animated drama Moominvalley (13 x 22′), based on the beloved works by Tove Jansson. Under the new deals negotiated by PGS Entertainment:
- Seasons one and two will be available on DVD and digital across the Nordics in December 2020 through a deal with SF Studios; Moominvalley will also be available on SF Studios’ SVOD platform SF Kids in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
- In Norway, season one will launch in Autumn 2020 on NRK Super, when the series will also be available on NRK Super TV and NRK TV.
- The series will debut in Iceland on RÚV.
Genius Brands International is sending its hit series Rainbow Rangers to the rescue with more major deals. The show is now sold for broadcast across 100% of the Western Hemisphere, with two new deals signed with Canada’s No. 1 preschool channel Treehouse (Corus Ent.) and leading Mexican broadcaster Televisa. These new partners join current broadcasters including Nick Jr. (U.S.), CCTV (China), Nickelodeon/NOGGIN (LatAm), Cartoonito (Italy) and Discovery Kids (Middle East), as well as leading streamers iQiyi (China) and Televisa’s BLIM TV (Mexico).
Topic, the North American streaming service from First Look Media, is teaming up with improv troupe The Second City for a half-hour sketch and variety limited series, The Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth. The series will feature a line-up of Second City’s finest alumni and famous friends for a mash-up world of original sketches, musical performances, animation and rare Second City footage from the vaults. The first episode, premiering Thurs., April 16 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, will be hosted by Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), with musical guest Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and special guest Kelci “Saff” Saffery from Netflix’s Tiger King. (www.topic.com)
ViacomCBS has launched Pluto TV, available via www.pluto.tv, Apple TV, Android TV and mobile device apps for download in iOS and Android in 17 Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, El Salvador, Uruguay and Venezuela. The platform LatAm version currently has 24 unique, curated channels, with more to come on a monthly basis over the next year to reach 70+ selections. Programming spans a variety of genres — including anime and kids’ content — from content partners including BBC, Fremantle, Lionsgate, Nelvana, Nickelodeon/Nick Jr., Sony Pictures Television, VIZ Media, WildBrain and more.