Kids round-up: RTBF acquires ‘Runes’; Panda Kids picks up ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens’


RTBF acquires ‘Runes’

RTBF, the French-speaking Belgian pubcaster, has acquired kids’ series Runes, following a deal with French production and distribution company Prime Entertainment Group.

Produced by Les Armateurs’, the 26 x 22-minute animated series is headed to RTBF’s children’s platform AUVIO kids, following the story of 12-year-old William, heir to the throne of Normandy.

Following his father’s death, William seeks refuge in the village of Baligan, incognito as a peasant boy called Hugo. After stumbling upon a cave, he discovers ancient runes that unleash mysterious magic… and a terrible threat, Loki, God of Chaos.

Runes originally aired on Canal+ in France and Prime Entertainment Group has previously closed deals for the show with RTS Switzerland along with partners in the United Kingdom, the USA and Canada.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens

Panda Kids picks up ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens’

Panda Kids in Portugal has acquired anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens.

The service, which is owned by Dreamia, a joint-venture between AMC Networks International Iberia and NOS, has picked up seasons one and two of the show, comprising 92 episodes, which will air in the 9pm time slot, Monday-Friday.

Panda Kids was launched last year by Dreamia and is available on operators NOS, MEO, Vodafone, NOWO as well as on Angolan operator ZAP.

As Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens continues its successful run on Disney XD in the US, while also airing on 9GO! In Australia and Etisalat in the Middle East, we are pleased to bring the latest series in our anime franchise to Portugal, where Panda Kids is one of the most popular channels with young viewers across the region,” said Mark Kirk, SVP of distribution, Konami Cross Media NY.

“Much of its success is owed to Japanese anime, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens will continue to strengthen the channel’s appeal and popularity.”

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