London-based animation & family entertainment distributor Media I.M. has closed a raft of new territory agreements with Disney channels for the Belarus-produced CG series Sunny Bunnies (52 x 3’30”; Kids 4-7). With pick-ups by Disney Junior in the US, Disney CEEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa), Disney Spain and Disney Japan, the non-dialog series is now set to roll out in more than 130 territories this year.
The latest deals follow sales of the series to Disney Channel in Russia & CIS, multiple Asia-Pacific markets via Disney Junior, and Canal Panda in Portugal. The three-year agreements just announced will see season one of Sunny Bunnies launch on Disney Junior in the US this year, on its CEEMEA channels in all territories, on Disney Channel in Turkey and across free and pay TV Disney Channels in Spain and Spanish-speaking Andorra. Disney Japan has taken exclusive rights to the series in the territory.
“The response to Sunny Bunnies has been unprecedented for a show from a relatively unknown studio from a country which is not known for its TV productions,” said Maria Ufland, co-Founder and Joint MD of Media I.M. “The deal with Disney in so many territories is a massive vote of confidence for this show, proving that excellent quality original content can come from any place. We believe that Sunny Bunnies will be a global hit and are delighted that our gut feeling that this show is truly something special is proving right. It’s given us a huge impetus to continue to seek further quality content in unexpected places.”
Produced by Digital Light Studio in Belarus, Sunny Bunnies follows five beaming balls that can appear anywhere there is a source of light, from sunlight to moonbeams. In each episode, the cheeky creatures take their frolicsome fun to a different location — a circus, sports stadium, or park, etc. Each short format episode concludes with a collection of “bloopers.”
Media I.M. represents the series with exclusive worldwide rights outside of Russia, CIA and China.