Cartoon Network has acquired animated comedy Wishfart for the UK, Africa and Israel from Canadian distributor and producer Bejuba! Entertainment. Meanwhile, Discovery Italy has also acquired rights to the 20 x half-hour series. Created by Dan Williams, Lienne Sawatsky and John Hazlett, Wishfart follows a teen leprechaun named Dez who is new to granting wishes. Becoming the first broadcaster besides Teletoon to acquire the series, CITV also recently picked up free-TV rights of the toon. Meanwhile, the Network has acquired season three of Animaccord’s Masha and the Bear to air in 26 countries across Latin America. Though the show’s third season was screened in Brazilian cinemas last year, but the full season has yet to air in the region. Masha and the Bear‘s third season has already
Good news for lovers of Masha and the Bear in India. The Animaccord series is coming to the country on Nick Jr. India in a deal that expands the popular toon’s presence in the region. The pre-school series first premiered in India earlier this year on the country’s VOD platform VOOT Kids. Nick Jr. India will begin airing season one of the series on November 13. The episodes will be broadcast twice per day from Monday to Sunday. The series follows a mischievous girl and her kind, father-like friend. It began airing nine years ago in Russia and has since expanded to more than 100 countries via broadcasters like SBT (Brazil), Rai Yo-Yo (Italy), Canal 5 (Mexico) and KiKA (Germany). Recently, Masha landed on Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse in Canada and joined NBCU-owned Universal Kids in t
Clan TV, Spain’s leading animation channel has bagged the hit 3D family animation hit Masha and the Bear from Animaccord. The channel will now screen seasons 1 and 2 of the show. This adds to the show’s massive TV presence that spans nearly every country in the world. "Clan TV is the best broadcaster we could have in Spain for Masha so we are delighted to team up with them and we are sure this will boost the whole licensing program,“ said Jordi Rey, CEO Biplano Licensing, the sub-agent of INK Group for licensing in Iberia and France. Other deals recently brokered by Ink Group which represents Masha and the Bear across the Europe include the Danish Broadcasting Corporation that purchased Masha and the Bear Season 2, PTS (Free TV) and MOMO TV picking up Season 2 in Taiwan and ANTV buying
After Ink Group entered into a deal with distribution company Cine Majestic, Animaccord's 3D family show Masha and the Bear is set to hit cinema screens across Turkey soon. “Masha and the Bear is simply huge and this popularity just keeps on growing,” says Ink Group Managing Partner Claus Tømming. “It’s a universal story that appeals to kids in any country and culture and works across all formats,” he adds. Brand new episodes of Masha and the Bear Season 3 began showing at over 100 cinemas throughout Turkey from 21st April with over 125,000 tickets sold for the opening weekend alone. Screenings will continue for several weeks, it is said. This adds to the huge buzz that surrounds what is one of world’s biggest kids’ brands and which screens on TV in nearly every country in the world.
Ink Global has announced that Masha’s Tales – a new spin-off from one of the world’s biggest kids shows, Masha and the Bear – will be broadcast across Italy thanks to a new deal with Rai YoYo. The series is the work of Animaccord, the Russian studio behind Masha and the Bear, and sees the adorable but hyperactive Masha regaling her toys with her favourite stories, but of course reinventing them to fit her own unique take on life. The format is 26x6' episodes and the series is set to launch on Rai YoYo in Q1 this year. Masha and the Bear is also broadcast in Italy by Rai YoYo, as well as almost every other country in the world - via both pay and free-to-air channels. The show was named best animation in the Creative Talent category at the 2015 Kidscreen Awards. Broadcasters include France
As it continues its kids programming drive, Netflix has ordered four new toons to join its growing lineup of global Netflix Originals, including Saban Brands and Cirque du Soleil Média’s Luna Petunia (pictured). It’s also acquired an additional three animated series for various territories. The first 11-ep season of preschool series Cirque de Soleil - Luna Petunia, which Kidscreen provided a first-look at in February, will premiere worldwide as an exclusive original on the SVOD giant in fall 2016. A franchise roll out, including a consumer products line, interactive digital content and a possible live tour, are slated to follow the premiere. (more…)