***This text initially appeared within the November ’18 concern of Animation Journal***
October is a busy month for TV and digital content material producers, consumers and distributors because the MIPCOM market kicks into gear on the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (Oct. 15-18). Here’s a round-up of the newest information about a number of the animated tasks and individuals who shall be within the highlight on the occasion:
Rainbow’s Fall Colours
Italian animation powerhouse Rainbow may have an enormous presence on the market as typical, Headed by Iginio Straffi, the studio is greatest recognized for profitable exhibits corresponding to Winx Membership, Regal Academy and the newer 44 Cats. This yr, the studio is bringing three new animated exhibits to the market: My Farm Home is about two little bears (Summer time and Tubb) who’ve all types of adventures with all of the animals and speaking automobiles on their colourful farm. Shark four follows the adventures of 10-year-old Norman and his buddies, a incredible group of super-powered lifeguard sharks! Magical Dancing Horses, a 52 x 11′ CG action-fantasy is about three greatest pals and their Guardian Horses combatting the King of Silence, who needs to rob the world of music and dance ceaselessly. In fact, die-hard Winx Membership followers can even sit up for the eighth season of the favored franchise. On this new chapter, the Winx fairies meet a humorous little creature named Twinkly and embark on a brand new journey to save lots of the celebs.
A Race to Keep in mind
Anime lovers know Manufacturing I.G because the studio behind such classics as Patlabor, Ghost within the Shell, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Blood: The Final Vampire. This yr, Nippon TV is bringing the studio’s new animated collection Run with the Wind to the market. The hanging new present facilities on a Japanese school long-distance race (often known as ekiden). The thrilling storyline explores notions of friendships, internal battles, the hole between goals and actuality, and sudden occasions that change the lives of the 10 main marathon runners and their coach.
Based mostly on the youth novel by Shion Miura, the 2D animated (23 x 30′) collection is directed by Kazuya Nomura and targets teenagers and anime lovers worldwide. As Nippon TV’s Masaki Shiode tells us, “We telecast the wildly in style Hakone Ekiden race stay yearly, and we at the moment are airing the extremely anticipated anime together with this occasion. We consider worldwide anime lovers will take pleasure in it as nicely.”
Amazon Sings with Gaumont’s Do, Re & Mi
It positive appears like they’ll be a variety of preschoolers singing together with their tablets quickly! Amazon Studios has greenlit Gaumont Animation‘s much-anticipated animated collection Do, Re & Mi, a present that begins with an journey and ends in a music, with unique tracks carried out by producer and star Kristen Bell (Frozen) and different shock friends. The present is created by Jackie Tohn (GLOW, American Idol) and Michael Scharf (Moon and the Son: An Imagined Dialog).
Gaumont Animation president Nicolas Atlan notes, “Naturally, we’re thrilled to maneuver into manufacturing on Do, Re & Mi with Amazon Studios, a collection that takes youngsters’ music to a different degree that each youngsters and their mother and father can be enthusiastic about. The artistic imaginative and prescient of our companions mixed with the arduous work of Gaumont’s Terry Kalagian and Amazon’s Michelle Sullivan molded this undertaking into a tremendous collection.”
We’re thrilled that Bell may have new songs so as to add to her repertoire past the Frozen soundtrack and may’t wait to examine this present out for ourselves.
A Playful Bear and a Dragon with a Dream
Singapore’s August Media and South Korea’s Studio Gale could have a excessive profile on the MIPCOM market this yr with two new, dynamic animated exhibits. The primary is known as Tish Tash — a 52 x 5′ preschool collection that facilities on younger bear named Tish and his imaginary good friend, Tash. The collection helps youngsters study concerning the world round them, encouraging the facility of creativeness and evokes them to unravel issues as they pop up of their lives. The second present is a 52 x 7′ CG-animated providing referred to as Journey of Lengthy. The comedy targets seven- to 10-year olds and follows the adventures of a dragon with a dream of turning into the world’s prime chef. This one has a price ticket of about $four.5 million and must be prepared by the second half of 2019. Each exhibits are undoubtedly going to be well worth the wait.
The Reign in Spain
Barcelona-based Imira Leisure is well-known for a top-notch catalog of exhibits, together with international toons resembling KikoRiki, BabyRiki, Tickety Toc and Fortunate Fred. Now headed by business veteran Paul Robinson (who took over from Sergi Reitg final yr), the studio is distributing and co-producing a brand new CG-animated comedy referred to as Mondo Yan. Co-produced with Spain’s Televisió de Catalunya TV3, India’s Toonz Media Group and Eire’s Telegael, the 52 x 12′ comedy collection follows three unlikely heroes who attempt to save humanity from the rule of an unscrupulous chief. L.A.-based youngsters’ author David Lewman (George of the Jungle, Kick Buttowski, third Rock from the Solar) is serving because the script editor. Different new exhibits embrace Buck & Buddy, Sinbad and the 7 Galaxies, Spy Penguin and AstroLOLogy.
APC Launches Zephyr Animation
APC Youngsters, the youngsters’s leisure distribution firm of boutique co-producer and distributor About Premium Content material, is launching its personal manufacturing firm Zephyr Animation. Based mostly in Paris, the brand new studio might be headed by APC Youngsters’ companions Lionel Marty, Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel. David Sauerwein, former head author, story editor and script physician for Xilam and Ubisoft, has additionally joined the enterprise as Chief Artistic Officer to supervise and handle all tasks created and produced by the corporate.
“As we proceed to construct our portfolio of animated properties it appeared the perfect time to arrange our personal manufacturing firm,” says Lionel Marty, APC Youngsters’ managing director. “With David becoming a member of the staff we’re wanting ahead to creating and producing extra of our personal exhibits, in addition to working with main producers from across the globe. We’re excited to be working with Vooz on Adoonga, the primary present to be made at Zephyr Animation!”
The studio’s first undertaking, Adoonga is an animated comedy collection from South Korean studio Vooz, creators of Pucca. Zephyr Animation and Vooz will co-develop and co-produce the 52 x 11′ collection for teenagers Eight-11 with APC Youngsters taking international distribution and licensing rights outdoors Asia and Latin America (out there in 2021). Adoonga is the story of a younger, good-hearted and adventurous gorilla who tries to make it within the huge metropolis. Alongside together with his new pals, they seize each alternative to hone their skills and expertise, whereas additionally making an attempt to outlive within the concrete jungle.
Cambodia’s ithinkasia Drawn to New Tasks
Cambodia-based animation studio ithinkasia has had a busy yr. After wrapping work on two acclaimed animated options — Funan (which gained a Cristal at Annecy) and the upcoming Buñuel within the Labyrinth of the Turtles — studio founder and president Justin Stewart will probably be looking for new companions and shoppers on the MIPCOM market this month. “As a studio, we consider that artistic industries can be utilized as a device for creating sustainable social impression in creating nations, and we plan to duplicate our confirmed mannequin: one studio, a number of places,” says Stewart.
The studio, which can also be offering animation providers for the Irish preschool collection Joe & Jack, together with the web deliverables of all 39 episodes, is aiming to be a premium hub for outsourced animation providers, co-productions and unique content material improvement. Stewart guarantees: “At ithinkasia, we’ll by no means compromise on the standard of our work and we’ll by no means lose our social enterprise mandate. Our artists are our studio.”
9 Story Has Appointment with Dr. Panda
Dr. Panda is the sort of animated character who isn’t afraid of making an attempt new issues. He’ll assist out with a mix-up on the publish workplace, convey down a hen who’s caught in a tree, and clear up the thriller of some disappearing carrots. The star of the favored app franchise is now getting his personal animated collection, because of 9 Story and Spider Eye. The brand new 39 x 7′ CG-animated Dr. Panda present is created and produced by Lin Yan with Giggle Storage and Spider Eye, written by Daan Velsink and Chris Parker and directed by Patrick Chin.
“We’re really excited to be representing this beautiful collection,” says Alix Wiseman, VP acquisitions & enterprise improvement for 9 Story Distribution Worldwide. “The present delivers recent storytelling which can resonate with preschoolers and is full of characters full of heat and allure.”
Studio 100 | m4e Unfold Wissper in India
German media corporations Studio 100 Media and m4e have partnered with Viacom18 Media for an in depth deal for hit CG-animated preschool collection Wissper (52 x 7′) in India. The nation’s main Hindi leisure channel has secured all rights for TV, digital and residential leisure in addition to for licensing and merchandising for the subcontinent, together with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The present shall be premiering on Nick Jr. India this fall.
“Our partnership with Viacom18 shall be introducing Wissper to youngsters and households in India, which is a key territory inside our worldwide broadcasting and licensing technique,” stated Peter Kleinschmidt, worldwide business director at Studio 100 Media | m4e. “We’ve chosen Viacom18 as an area professional for guiding Wissper and us into this extraordinarily fascinating market. We’re very excited concerning the business views this large market has to supply.”
Wissper follows the adventures of a bit woman of the identical identify who has a really particular expertise: she will talk with animals, which permits her to know their issues and assist remedy them. Wissper the “animal whisperer” is a beloved character for younger viewers all all over the world.
What the world wants proper now’s an superior wanting paper-and-clay-crafted preschool present concerning the friendship between a feisty dinosaur and one other mild creature! Meet the charming stars of Kiri and Lou, animator Antony Elworthy (Coraline, Isle of Canine) and author/director Harry Sinclair’s new 52 x 5′ present, which is being launched at MIPCOM by CAKE. Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Moana) and Olivia Tennet (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) present the voices of the primary characters. The stop-motion collection is produced by Fiona Copland for the brand new animation model Stretchy and Heather Walker of Yowza Animation (Curious George, Welcome to the Wayne). Kiri and Lou will make their debut on TVNZ in New Zealand and CBC in Canada subsequent yr.