Xilam appoints Amuse exec for digital

Xilam Animation in France has appointed an executive from Millimages subsidiary Amuse as its head of digital production. Charles Courcier is responsible for sourcing, developing, financing and producing original web series to expand Xilam’s presence on YouTube, and will also expand the studio’s presence across AVoD platforms. He will also develop animated web series targeted […]

Kids SVOD service launches in France

A new subscription VOD service has launched in France. Okidoki has been available through Samsung TVs since the start of the month, offering viewers around 3,000 shows and 500 hours of content. The service, billed as a “channel bouquet”, comes from Paris-based Alchimie, with French kids TV firm Millimages providing animation. Tech firm Alchimie is […]

Annecy 2016 report

In a global animation market, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival reflected changes in the industry: emerging talent, VR tests and new technologies, and for the French sector, new challenges, reports Pascale Paoli-Lebailly Annecy Animation Film Festival’s business section, MIFA, in France this month showed an international animation sector in good health, and a dynamic industry […]

Netflix buys French toon

Netflix has acquired Millimages’ popular toon Mouk for its worldwide streaming services. The series, a second season of which Millimages is taking to MIPCOM, is now in more than 200 territories, including in the UK on Disney channes and Amazon Prime Instant Video, but will now play on Netflix too. The show is based on […]

Amazon buys Peppa Pig and raft of kids series

Amazon has acquired a slew of kids series for its streaming service in the UK, including preschool hit Peppa Pig. Amazon has invested in several original kids shows for its Prime Instant Video services and the acquired content will sit alongside those. It has picked up new episodes of Peppa Pig and 64 Zoo Lane, […]

Kids go OTT

As the gamut of entertainment mediums for children grows ever wider, Andy Fry profiles how over-the-top programming services are adapting their offers to garner attention, and attract eyeballs, from kids of all ages. In the last five years, kids’ media consumption has changed beyond recognition in advanced economies. The advent of OTT and on-demand technology, […]

Ellipsanime buys Moonscoop assets for $820k

French animation house Ellipsanime has acquired the assets of rival Moonscoop, which was in administration, for a reported €600,000 (US$819,500). According to local French reports, Ellipsanime won an auction to acquire Moonscoop SA’s library and production assets when the offer was accepted by the Commercial Court of Paris. Others, including Millimages and investment house Capucine, […]

Millimages sells Mouk to Canada

Millimages has sold its preschool series Mouk to English and French-speaking broadcasters in Canada. English-language net TVO and its French-language counterpart TFO have both acquired Mouk, marking the first sales into North America of the 62x11mins show. Producer and distributor Millimages has already shopped the series to TV2 Denmark, TV2 Norway and MTV3 Finland. The […]

Millimages strike presale deals for Me and My Robot

French kids producer and distributor Millimages has struck a number of pre-sales for its animated series Me and My Robot ahead of MIPCOM. Broadcasters including Australia’s ABC, Sweden’s SVT, Norway’s NRK, Denmark’s DR and Belgium’s VRT have all struck pre-sale deals for the 52x13mins series. Me and My Robot is a coproduction between Millimages, Synergy […]