Leading Paris-based animation sales and IP management company MEDIATOON Distribution has sold its joyful preschool series The Fox Badger Family, commissioned by France Televisions, to over 25 new broadcasters, with the show translated into more than 20 languages. In addition, development has begun on a second season by producers Ellipsanime and Dargaud Media, part of the MEDIATOON group.
MEDIATOON Distribution has also been nominated for the Best Export Award in the Animation category at TV France International’s Prix Export for the show.
New free TV channels taking the series include TV Brazil, CCTV-14 in China and Télé-Quebec in Canada, as well as RAI Yoyo in Italy, WDR/ARD/KiKa in Germany, Sweden’s SVT, RTBF/Ouf Tivi in Belgium, RTS in Switzerland and Poland’s TVP-ABC in Europe, with Norway’s NRK Super and YLE in Finland and RSI in Switzerland acquiring both free TV and VOD rights.
In Central and Eastern Europe, RTV Slovenia, Ceska TV in the Czech Republic, RTV Slovenska in Slovakia, Prava i Prevodi in Serbia and LTV in Latvia have picked up the show, alongside a deal with Mauritius Broadcasting in Mauritius.
Pay TV deals have been signed with HOP! in Israel, with D Smart in Turkey and with Germany’s Studio 100 Junior and CJ Tooniverse/English Gem in South Korea for pay TV and VOD rights, while SVOD deals have been signed in US and Latin America with Hispanic channel HITN/Edye, Mango TV in China and in France with Orange’s platform OCS, Infinikids and TFou Max. All TV rights have been acquired by MTVA in Hungary and Canal+ Myanmar.
The 52 x 12’ show, commissioned by France 5, is ranked in the top 20 in France and has already seen huge success on Kika in Germany where it has won 63.7% of the audience for preschoolers aged 3-5.
“The Fox Badger Family combines wonderfully positive characters with strong values of family and teamwork, tolerance and kindness. It tackles important and timely themes of blended families, accepting others’ differences, and finding your own path. We are very proud that the series is such an international success and delighted to announce that a second season is in the pipeline.”
The Fox Badger Family is based on the hugely successful award-winning comic book of the same name, published by Dargaud and written by Brigitte Luciani and illustrated by Eve Tharlet. Dad Edmund, his two twin boys Woodsy and Scoutbadger and their baby sister Berry all lived peacefully in their burrow. However, in nature it is common for Foxes and Badgers to share their burrows. So, when Edmund falls in love with the beautiful fox Margaret, of course he asks her and her daughter Rosie to move in to form one big Fox-Badger family. What a great change for the Badgers! They will all have to learn to get along and find a new balance in their lives. Luckily, when love is involved, despite the occasional argument, the house is filled to the brim with happiness and smiles!