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Lagardere in ‘landmark’ DreamWorks deal

Lagardere Active TV has entered into a “landmark” agreement with US studio DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands the French broadcaster free-to-air and pay TV rights to series including Dragons: Race to the Edge, The Adventures of Puss in Boots and All Hail King Julien. The first show, Dinotrux, launches on kids free TV channel Gulli […]

French deals for Matt Hatter

Lagardère Active has acquired hit kids series Matt Hatter Chronicles for its digital kids channels Canal J and Gulli. The first two seasons of the CGI action series have launched on Canal J and will roll out on Gulli in spring 2015. Platinum Films distributes and produces the show, which started out on ITV and […]

News brief: Broadcasters undertake Gaumont’s Quest

A number of pay and free TV channels have acquired Gaumont Animation’s 26x30mins action toon Lanfeust Quest. Among the deals, the series will debut in Spain on pay net Disney Channel before getting a second window on free-to-air broadcaster TVE. ABC3 in Australia, Disney Channel in German-speaking Europe and Turkey and Disney XD in the […]

France: kids TV at a crossroads

With the Annecy animation festival beginning today, Pascale Paoli-Lebailly hears from leading players about the wave of changes that have befallen the French toon industry in the past year. The French animation industry is renowned for its creative output in both TV and the cinema. The sector – which can in part thank production quotas, […]

SVT the latest to buy kids series Nina Patalo

Swedish public broadcaster SVT has picked up 78x7mins kids series Nina Patalo. The series is produced by France’s Je Suis Bien Content, Cyber Group Studios and Caribara and was commissioned by Canal J and France 3. Cyber is on distribution duty and agreed the SVT deal. It has already shopped the series to European broadcasters […]

Sonic toon speeds to Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network and two French broadcasters are on board the first ever Sonic the Hedgehog CG-animated TV series. Sonic Boom will first launch in the US on Cartoon and France on Canal J and Gulli in the autumn of 2014 before rolling out internationally. France’s Genao Productions is coproducing the 52x11mins series with Sega’s American […]

French broadcasters buy Pac-Man

Allen Bohbot’s 41 Entertainment has sealed free and pay TV deals for its Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures series in France. Free-to-air digital kids channel Gulli has picked up the free TV rights to the 39x22mins series. Its pay TV counterpart Canal J has taken pay rights. Both channels are part of the Lagardère group. […]

FremantleMedia and BBC on kids partnership

Earlier this year the BBC and the Kids and Family division of FremantleMedia inked a multi-year deal that will see them co-develop and produce a range of kids series for preschool and older audiences, across live-action and animation. BBC Children’s boss Joe Godwin and FremantleMedia Kids and Family Entertainment’s Bob Higgins tell Stewart Clarke about […]

VRT-Ketnet buys trio of kids’ shows

Belgian children’s channel VRT-Ketnet has acquired three series from Canadian content distributor DHX Media. The deal comprises new 52x11mins series SheZow, seasons one and two of CBC’s Monster Math Show and the 40x15mins season one of Martha Speaks. SheZow (left), which follows the life of a superhero boy, recently sold to Lagardere-owned Canal J in […]

Rovio unveils Angry Birds TV, VOD launch plan

The long awaited Angry Birds Toons series has secured carriage on 14 broadcasters and a number of online and digital platforms ahead of its launch later this week. TV industry insiders have long been waiting to discover the identities of the channels that will launch the short-form Rovio Entertainment property, which is based on the […]