DirecTV picks up killer video show

March 10, 2017

A broadcaster in Latin America has acquired two seasons of music series Video Killed the Radio Star from Monster Entertainment in Ireland.

DirecTV has picked up seasons five and six of the show and will broadcast it in 35 territories across Latin America and the Caribbean on entertainment channel OnDirecTV.

The series features archive content and original interviews featuring artists such as David Bowie, Tom Petty, Lou Reed, Aretha Franklin, Bjork, Billy Idol, Robbie Williams, Blur, Depeche Mode, Crowded House, ZZ Top, Roxy Music and Brian Ferry.

It has already been acquired by broadcasters including Sky Arts in parts of Europe, Telefonica in Spain, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden and SRF in Switzerland.

 

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Monster Entertainment tries to hook €26 million for shows

 

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Monster shops Harry & Bip to Disney

Harry & Bip centres on a pair of energetic young penguins

Harry & Bip centres on a pair of energetic young penguins

Disney has picked up newly completed animation series Harry & Bip from distributor Monster Entertainment for its CEMEA channels.

The 15×2’ non-verbal CGI comedy series focuses on two energetic young penguins. It is directed by Leevi Lemmetty and produced by Tamsin Lyons of Ink and Light and Muste ja Valo Oy in association with Irish broadcaster RTÉ, Finland’s YLE, the Finnish Film Foundation and the Irish Film Board.

Irish distributor Monster is shopping the show internationally and has already secured the deal with Disney and a sale to SRC for French-speaking Canada. Further episodes are already in development.

 

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Monster’s New Series ‘Harry & Bip’ Picked Up By Disney

Monster Entertainment has picked up distribution of the newly completed animation series ‘Harry & Bip’, and has already sold it to Disney for all of Central Europe, Middle East and Africa and to SRC for French-speaking Canada.

‘Harry & Bip’ is a new non-verbal CGI comedy series about two energetic young penguins who are all about the three ‘F’s… Fun, Fish and Friends!

The 15x2minute series is directed by Leevi Lemmetty and produced by Tamsin Lyons of Ink and Light and Muste ja Valo Oy in association with RTÉ, YLE, Finnish Film Foundation and the Irish Film Board. Additional support comes from the Section 481 incentive in Ireland. Further episodes are in development.

Voices are provided by Antti Pääkkönen (‘Angry Birds Toons’) and music by Mark Thomas (‘Shaun the Sheep’, ‘The Magic Roundabout’). Additional writing by Dave Rudden, children’s author – 2016 Irish Book Awards winner ‘Knights of the Borrowed Dark’).

The series follows Harry and Bip, who live in a vast icy expanse which they can’t wait to explore. They navigate their friendship, and the world around them with physical humour, slapstick comedy and a lot of heart. They’re competitive and love to play pranks, but would do anything for each other if needed.

The pair bump into other local residents from time to time. A sleepy walrus or two, a horde of seagull tourists and delicious fish all encounter the boisterous heroes during their exploits.

Monster Introduces ‘Brewster the Rooster’ and Pals to ATF

Dublin-based Monster Entertainment has flown the coop for Singapore and its first Asia Television Forum, and it brought along some of its most animated friends. The distributer is highlighting Irish productions Brewster the RoosterThe Day Henry Met..? and I’m a Fish, as well as dialog-free Scandinavian toon Pikkuli.

Brewster the Rooster is a new 26 x 7 series from Dublin’s Salty Dog, produced with assistance from the Irish Film Board and commissioned by RTE. Set for delivery in May 2017, the show follows six-year-old Maggie and her best friend Brewster, who just happens to be a rooster, as they explore their island home making discoveries about the animals that inhabit it.

The Day Henry Met..?(26 x 5) from Wigglywoo follows curious four-year-old Henry who is eager to meet new and interesting things every day and find out all he can about them. Nickelodeon currently holds Pay TV rights for season one in Asia, and season two drops this month, with Free TV and SVOD rights available from July 2017. Henry is the No. 1 preschool series in Australia (Nick Junior) and has sold to RTE (Ireland), Canal+ and Piwi+ (French-speaking territories), YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden), ABC (Australia); TVO, TFO and Knowledge (Canada); Why J (Korea), TV Estonia and HMH (US).

The I’m a series continues with I’m a Fish, coming in 2017. I’m a Creepy Crawly sold to DRTV (Denmark), YLE (Finland), TVO (Canada), ABC (Australia), Discovery Networks (Pan-Asia) and Al Jazeera (Middle East) — it and the other popular previous seasons I’m an AnimalI’m a Dinosaur and I’m a Monster have led the way for I’m a Fish, which dives into the deep blue sea discover all sorts of fun, interesting and scary facts straight from the fish’s mouth!

Last but not least, Pikkuli (26 x 5) is a versatile and educational preschool series from Finland’s Sun in Eye Productions, available both dialog-free and narrated. The adventures of the plucky little bird have won over broadcasters around the globe, including KiKA (Germany), Nordisk (Scandinavia), Hop! (Israel), Why J (S. Korea), Urania (Czech Rep.), Galapagos (Poland) and Hayat TV (Bosnia & Herzegovina).

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Nickelodeon Germany, Switzerland And Austria To Premiere “The Day Henry Met” On Monday 23rd January 2017

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Nickelodeon Germany, Switzerland And Austria To Premiere “The Day Henry Met” On Monday 23rd January 2017

Nickelodeon Northern Europe has announced the exciting news on Nickelodeon Germany’s “Nick Pressecenter” that Nickelodeon Northern Europe will start to premiere and show the brand-new animated preschool series The Day Henry Met..?weekdays at 06:20 Uhr on Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland) and daily at 08:55 Uhr on Nickelodeon Austria (Österreich) and Nickelodeon Switzerland (Schweiz) from Monday 23rd January 2017!

Aimed at the preschool audience, The Day Henry Met..? (52 x 5mins) is a 2D animated preschool series that encourages children to use their imagination and discover the world around them through play and adventure. In every episode Henry, a charming, inquisitive Irish lad, meets something new, which becomes the focus of his journey of discovery and adventure, ultimately teaching viewers about real-life objects and occupations. The Day Henry Met a Whale!, The Day Henry Met the Moon!, The Day Henry Met a Postman!, The Day Henry Met a Knight! Hmmm, I wonder what Henry’s going to meet today?

The news follows Nickelodeon acquiring the international broadcast rights for The Day Henry Met in July 2016, following successful launches on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland and Australia & New Zealand, where the series has built a legion of young fans.

The Day Henry Met is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo and distributed by Monster Entertainment. It has now been sold to 177 territories worldwide, including to RTE in Ireland; TV Ontario, Television Francaise Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada; Canal Plus for all French-speaking territories worldwide; ABC in Australia; Kids TV in Korea; YLE in Finland; SVT in Sweden; and HMH in the U.S. The series is funded by RTÉjr, The Irish Film Board, Section 481, Creative Europe and pre-sales. The colourful, hand-drawn series is ideal for preschoolers. A second season of The Day Henry Met recently launched in October 2016 on RTÉjr in Ireland.

The Day Henry Met..? won The Pulcinella Award for the Best European Work at Cartoons on the Bay in Venice in April 2015, and recently won the Best Animation award at the Irish TV Gala Awards in October 2016. The show was launched at MIP Junior 2015.

Additional source: Nick News (III).

Irish-Finnish Children’s Co-Production, ‘Harry and Bip’, on RTÉ 2

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‘Harry and Bip’ is an Irish-Finnish co-production, produced by Ink and Light and Muste ja Valo with support from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, RTÉ and the Finnish Film Foundation. Monster Entertainment is the Distributor.

An animated comedy series for children, ‘Harry and Bip’ premiered on RTÉ 2 earlier this week (14thDecember), with episodes airing daily at 12.40pm.

The short 15 x 2 minute series follows penguins, Harry and Bip, as they slip, slide and splash across their vast icy home. Whether they are having a dance-off with some seagulls, trying to walk over the moon, or building a BBQ on the ice, the penguins always have an adventure up their sleeve. Meet the other local residents who appear from time to time. A sleepy walrus or two, a horde of seagull tourists and of course slippery fish all get caught up in our heroes’ schemes.

5 Irish Companies awarded funding in 2016 MEDIA Single Project and TV Programming Results

5 Irish Companies awarded funding in 2016 MEDIA Single Project and TV Programming Results
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We offer our congratulations to the most recent Irish beneficiaries of the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme funding schemes - Single Project Development and Television Programming Support.

In Single Project Development, awards totalling €145,000 were offered. The supported projects include two animation projects. The first is Hunted! from Monster Entertainment as well as Jelly Pixies from Light Cube Studios.

Galway-based company, Léirithe Rúnda, also received Single Project Development funding for their documentary, Farewell to Music.

€570,000 was awarded through the TV Programming Support scheme to the Irish animation, Peckles, from Jam Media and to the documentary, Cuba’s Wild Revolution, from Crossing the Line Productions.

The Irish Film Board received €150,000 for Screen Training Ireland‘s European Training Course, Screen Leadersa strategic company development programme for the screen industries

These awards have brought the total investment in 2016 by Creative Europe MEDIA into Irish companies to over €1.5 million.

Monster Entertainment Programmes acquired by PlayKids App

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Five of the Irish company’s pre-school programmes will now be available on the leading app, which makes content available in twenty five countries.

‘Pikkuli’, ‘Counting with Paula’, ‘Hippothesis’, ‘Tiny Square Critters’ and ‘Planet Cosmo’ will be available on the App’s Subscription Video on Demand Service from this November in the U.S, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, Ireland and the U.K.

Irish-produced series ‘Planet Cosmo’ has previously been acquired by Discovery Channel Middle East, with ‘Pikkuli’ also having been acquired by Kika, a German children’s channel and ‘Tiny Square Critters’ airing in China from JY Animation.

PlayKids bags Monster toons

Irish animation Planet Cosmo

Irish animation Planet Cosmo

C21 NEWS BRIEF: Children’s video-on-demand app PlayKids has acquired a handful of kids’ TV series from Irish distributor Monster Entertainment.

The package includes Pikkuli, Counting With Paula, Hippothesis, Tiny Square Critters and the Irish series Planet Cosmo. The shows will be available on the SVoD service from next month in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.

Econet Media takes Jabu’s Jungle further into Africa

August 19, 2016

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A new deal with Monster Entertainment will see telecom giant Econet Media air the animated series in 17 African countries.

August 18, 2016

A new agreement with Irish distributor Monster Entertainment will see telecom giant Econet Media broadcast Jabu’s Jungle in 17 African countries.

Targeting children ages four to seven. Jabu’s Jungle features the animals and scenery of Africa. It is produced by South African studio Pixcomm in Cape Town’s Masiphumelele Township, and young local animators and illustrators are receiving training and internships through the series as they work with industry professionals.

Monster Entertainment previously struck a deal with Gulli Africa for Jabu’s Jungle, which has also been picked up by South African pubcaster SABC.

The 13 x 22-minute production follows the success of its fellow Monster Entertainment-distributed series Jungle Beat, another South African show that has sold to 190-plus territories.

Jungle Beat—a non-dialog CGI-animated series—launched its first mobile game app last year and is currently working on additional digital and licensing activities.  

News brief: African broadcaster enters Jabu’s Jungle

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Africa’s Econet Media has bought South African animated kids series Jabu’s Jungle and will broadcast it in 17 territories.

Gulli in Africa and South African network SABC have already bought the show from Ireland-based distributor Monster Entertainment.

The 4-7-targeted 13x22mins series follows the nine-year-old Jabu and his magic talking drum as they explore the jungle helping animals in need.

Monster Entertainment sells animation Jabu’s Jungle to Econet Media

18 Aug 2016 : Katie McNeice
Monster Entertainment has negotiated a broadcast deal with Econet Media for hit South African series, ‘Jabu’s Jungle,’ catering to children aged 4-7 years.

Econet Media will broadcast the animated series in 17 African countries, with SABC and Gulli Africa also having picked up the series.

Monster Entertainment’s slate also includes ‘Jungle Beat’ which has also been distributed in South Africa and broadcast in 196 territories, and ‘Magic Cellar’ which has picked up by Ericsson and Gulli Africa

.The 13 x 22min series ‘Jabu’s Jungle’ follows the adventures of Jabu, an intrepid nine-year-old, and his Magic Talking Drum. Jabu explores the Jungle helping animals in need. Along the way we’ll meet plenty of friends who join in the fun – but watch out for naughty Van the Vulture!

Set to a vibrant Afro pop soundtrack and featuring a host of colourful animal characters, ‘Jabu’s Jungle’ has a unique African look and feel and introduces children to the wonders of Africa’s animals and exotic locations.

The series is produced in Masiphumelele Township and provides training and interships for young township animators and illustrators. As ‘Jabu’s Jungle’ is being produced by Pixcomm in Cape Town’s Masiphumelele township the series utilizes a unique production approach that partners experienced animators with residents from the township.

Working side by side with industry professionals, the talented, young artists are given a hands-on, apprentice style training that allows them to earn money as they learn. Being based in a township, Pixcomm has managed to take the work and the training to the community and the results are exciting and fresh.

Ameba TV makes Monster deal

August 17, 2016

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Canadian children’s VoD service Ameba TV has added 150 episodes of international animated programming from Irish firm Monster Entertainment.

Titles picked up in the deal include French-produced non-dialogue 3D show Gazoon, Hullabalooba, Finland’s Pikkuli, Ireland’s Rocka-Bye Island and Costa Rican slapstick children’s comedy Outopus.

“Monster Entertainment has expanded our catalogue in a big way, bringing a mixture of internationally loved programmes,” said Tony Havelka, president of AmebaTV.

“Kids love these unique, high-quality and extremely entertaining shows and come back to watch them over and over again.”

It comes after Ameba TV announced earlier this year that it had expandedits reach in North America by securing a place for its streaming app on the Xbox 360 console.

Nickeloden scoops international rights to Henry

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Nickelodeon has scooped the international rights toThe Day Henry Met, a preschool series from Monster Entertainment and Wiggleywoo.

The Viacom kids net has acquired the animated show for its international channels and will air it in the EMEA region, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

The latest deal builds on an earlier agreement that saw the pay TV net buy the series in the UK and Australia. It has now bought both 26x5mins seasons of The Day Henry Met.

It is distributed by Monster Entertainment and produced by Wiggleywoo, both of whom are based in Dublin, Ireland. In Ireland it plays on RTÉ.

The Day Henry Met follows the adventures of the eponymous young boy as he embarks on amazing journeys of discovery.

Nickelodeon Acquires Int’l Rights to ‘The Day Henry Met…’

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Monster Entertainment’s award-winning preschool series headed to air in markets across six continents.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - Monster Entertainment and Wiggleywoo have announced that Nickelodeon has acquired the international broadcast rights to the award winning pre-school series The Day Henry Met, across markets on six continents, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Benelux, GSA, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Africa, South East Asia and Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East and Latin America.  Nickelodeon already holds the rights to the series in the UK and Australia. Henry was the top rated pre-school series on Nick Jr, Australia and is building a legion of young fans on Nick Jr UK and around the world. The Day Henry Met has now been sold to 177 territories worldwide.

Nickelodeon will now carry the current Season of 26 x 5 minute episodes and Season 2 (also 26 x 5 minute episodes) which is currently in production. The Day Henry Met is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo Ltd and distributed by Monster Entertainment. The series won the Pulcinella Award for Best European Work at Cartoons on the Bay in 2015.

The Day Henry Met has also been sold to RTE in Ireland, TV Ontario, Television Francaise Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada, Canal Plus for all French speaking territories worldwide, ABC in Australia, Kids TV in Korea, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden and HMH in the US.

Nick takes Henry round the world

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Nickelodeon has acquired the international broadcast rights to two seasons of the Irish animated preschool show The Day Henry Met.

Nick, which already airs the series in the UK and Australia, will bring it to its channels in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as more parts of Europe.

This includes Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Benelux, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Central and Eastern Europe.

Produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo, the series follows a charming, inquisitive boy who meets something new in each episode.

It premiered on Irish pubcaster RTÉjr last year and has also been picked up by broadcasters such as ABC in Australia, TVO in Canada, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden, Canal+ in France and Kids TV in Korea.

Wiggleywoo took home the award for best European work for the series at last year’s Italian animation festival Cartoons on the Bay.

Nickelodeon snaps up The Day Henry Met

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Following a deal with Dublin-based distributor Monster Entertainment, broadcast rights to Irish prodco Wiggleywoo’s The Day Henry Met have been picked up for multiple territories by Nickelodeon, which already airs the preschool series on Nick Jr. in the UK and Australia.

Nickelodeon will now air the series in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Benelux, GSA, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Africa, Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East and Latin America.

Nick has licensed the first 26 x five-minute episode season, as well as the show’s second season, which is currently in production.The Day Henry Met, which debuted on Irish pubcaster RTÉ Television’s preschool channel RTÉ jr last June, has been sold to TV Ontario, Television Francaise Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada, Canal+ for all French speaking territories worldwide, ABC Australia, Kids TV (Korea), YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden) and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (US), where it is available on the company’s subscription-based content service Curious World.

Nick Picks Up International Rights for The Day Henry Met

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DUBLIN: Nickelodeon has acquired the international broadcast rights for the award-winning preschool series The Day Henry Met, which currently airs on Nick Jr. in the U.K. and Australia.

The show’s 26×5-minute first season will air in Scandinavia, Iceland, Benelux, Greece, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East and Latin America, among other markets. Nickelodeon will also eventually broadcast the series’ second run, currently in production.

The Day Henry Met is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo and distributed by Monster Entertainment. It has additionally been sold to RTÉ in Ireland; TV Ontario, Television Francaise Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada; CANAL+ for all French-speaking territories worldwide; ABC in Australia; Kids TV in Korea; YLE in Finland; SVT in Sweden; and HMH in the U.S.

The Day Henry Met the world: Irish cartoon’s whale of a global deal

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Two Dublin-based companies Wiggleywoo and Monster Entertainment have struck a major deal with Nickleodeon that will see award-winning pre-school series The Day Henry Met broadcast over six continents.

Nickleodeon has acquired the rights to The Day Henry Met and the show has now been sold to 177 territories worldwide.

The popular cartoon centres on Henry who every day meets someone or something new, be it a whale, the moon or a car.

Nickelodeon already holds the rights to the series in the UK and Australia.

The Day Henry Met was the top rated pre-school series on Nick Jr, Australia and is building a legion of young fans on Nick Jr UK and around the world. Nickelodeon will now carry the current Season of 26 5-minute episodes and Season 2 (also 26 5-minute episodes) which is currently in production.

The Day Henry Met is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo Ltd and distributed by Monster Entertainment. The series won the prestigious Pulcinella Award for Best European Work in 2015.

The Day Henry Met has also been sold to RTE in Ireland, TV Ontario, Television Francaise Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada, Canal Plus for all French-speaking territories worldwide, ABC in Australia, Kids TV in Korea, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden and HMH in the US.

The new deal will see the show broadcast in regions that include Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Benelux, GSA, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Africa, South East Asia and Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East and Latin America.

Cartoon Network acquires first Costa Rican production

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San Jose, Costa Rica’s Rocket Cartoons has sold its new 2D-animated Halloween special Terror in Doomsville to Cartoon Network Latin America.

Debuting in October, the 22-minute special will mark the first broadcast of a Costa Rican project on the kidnet.

Written by Tommy Donbavand, author of children’s horror books and creator of the BBC series Scream StreetTerror in Doomsville follows the adventures of four truckers who suffer at the hands of a terrible monster stalking the town.

Cartoon Network holds rights in LatAm, while Ireland’s Monster Entertainment is handling distribution in all other territories.

Since launching in 2008 under the leadership of digital animation specialist Leonardo Trinidad, family-run Rocket Cartoons has produced a number of 2D-animated kids series, including Ivick Von Salza, short-form preschool series Yum Yum and You, holiday special A Christmas with Yum Yum and You, and new comedy series Volta Kid, which is currently in production.

The deal comes as Cartoon Network continues to strengthen its presence within the LatAm region. Recently, the net partnered with Mexican studio Anima Estudios on an open-call initiative for projects from young local creators.

AmebaTV Secures Over 150 Episodes of Monster Programming

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Canada-based AmebaTV is joining forced with Ireland’s Monster Entertainment to bring an extensive range of titles to the streaming platform. The new deal will provide AmebaTV with over 150 episodes from Monster’s library of internationally popular animated content.

Among the selection set to hit the U.S. streaming service are notable titles such as the French-produced ‘Gazoon’, Finland’s ‘Pikkuli’, Ireland’s ‘Rocka-Bye Island’, and Costa Rica’s ‘Outopus’.

“Monster Entertainment has expanded our catalog in a big way, bringing a mixture of internationally loved programs,” said Tony Havelka, the president of AmebaTV. “Their shows are very popular with our audience. Kids love these unique, high-quality and extremely entertaining shows and come back to watch them over and over again.”

“We are excited to add AmebaTV as our partner and part of our comprehensive digital-distribution growth strategy,” stated Andrew Fitzpatrick, the chairman of Monster Entertainment. “We look for companies with a solid history, an extensive audience base and strong growth potential for our content. Ameba has all three!”

Pikkuli ‘wings’ it to KIKA

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Monster Entertainment has sold animated preschool series Pikkuli to Germany’s MDR. The non-dialog series will broadcast on KiKA from August 19 through September 13, 2016, airing Monday through Friday at 7:05 a.m.

The 26 x 5-minute series follows a little bird named Pikkuli. Warmhearted and stubborn, the young bird explores the world with his family and friends by his side. The short format animations show that even life as a bird can be marvelous and sometimes complicated when you are the youngest member of your family.

Produced by Finnish studio Sun-in-Eye, Pikkuli is a 360 concept including mobile apps and games inspired by the TV series, which allow users to play drums in Woody’s old car, sing along with Hazel Grouse’s Chicks, search for lost Chicks in the Mole’s maze or explore Pikkuli’s playhouse.

Sun-in-Eye is in production on another 26-episode season, and will with Monster be looking for broadcast partners for seasons 1 and 2 at MIFA in Annecy and MIP Junior in Cannes later this year.

Pikkuli has already been acquired by YLE 2 and YLE Fern (Finland), TV Catalonia (Spain), Hop! (Israel), C4U Media and Kids Talk Talk (Korea), RTS (Slovakia), Galapagos (VOD, Poland), Urania (Czech Rep. and Slovakia), Hayat TV (Bosnia and Herzegovina), KMBO (theatrical, France) and Ocean New Wave (U.S.) The series is also available on the Hopster app, in-flight entertainment on several airlines and SVOD in Scandinavia through Nordisk.

 

Especial de productora tica se estrenará por Cartoon Network en octubre

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Un especial de Halloween producido por la empresa costarricense Rocket Cartoons, se estrenará en Cartoon Network América Latina en octubre.

La empresa tica concretó el negocio tras su participación en la feria KidScreen 2016, en Miami, Estados Unidos.

El especial se título “Terror en Doomsville”, donde se relata una historia divertida y de terror de cuatro camioneros que sufren del monstruo que aterroriza en Doomsville.

Este especial se convirtió en el primero que Cartoon Network América Latina adquiere producido por costarricenses.

“Esta adquisición confirma nuestra posición de liderazgo como productores en la región centroamericana y nos motiva a continuar con nuestra estrategia de crecimiento en propiedad intelectual”, explicó Leonardo Trinidad, presidente de Rocket Cartoons.

La productora nacional también ofrece series como Ivick Von Salza, Yum Yum and You, “A Christmas with Yum Yum and You”, y Volta Kid, que se encuentra en producción

Monster launching John Lennon doc

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Monster Entertainment has picked up the rights to The Last Lennon Interview, a one-off doc about John Lennon, featuring an interview with the star conducted two days before his assassination.

The show went out on the Showbiz channel in the UK on the Freeview plartform. It is based around a December 1980 interview between the former Beatle and Radio 1 DJ Andy Peebles, which was at that point his first radio interview for five years.

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Andy Peebles reveals for the first time what happened during the last John Lennon interview, two days before the rock star was murdered.

It covers the break-up of The Beatles, his personal life and relationship with Yoko Ono.

Monster will also launch another music-related doc at MIPCOM, ARTE and ZDF’sKings of the World.

The one-off 4K doc tells the story of thee gypsy clans that have a rich musical heritage, including the Reyes family, which produced The Gypsy Kings.

Monster Sells ‘Jabu’s Jungle’ to Gulli Africa

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Dublin-based Monster Entertainment has secured a broadcast deal with Gulli AFRICA for new South African-produced series Jabu’s Jungle. The series will be aired across 22 French-speaking African countries through the deal.

Aimed at kids 4-7, Jabu’s Jungle (13 x 22) is an animated adventure series that follows Jabu, an intrepid nine-year-old, and his Magic Talking Drum as they explore the jungle, helping animals in need. Along the way they meet plenty of friends who join in the fun, but need to be always on the lookout for naughty Van the Vulture. Set to a vibrant Afro-pop soundtrack, Jabu’s Jungle has a unique African look and feel and introduces children to the wonders of the continent’s animal life and exotic locations.

A Pixcomm production, Jabu’s Jungle is being made in Cape Town’s Masiphumelele township utilizing a unique production approach that partners experienced animators with residents from the township. Working side by side with industry professionals, the talented, young artists are given a hands-on, apprentice style training that allows them to earn money as they learn. Being based in a township, Pixcomm has managed to take the work and the training to the community and the results are exciting and fresh.

Season 2 is currently in production, to be launched by Monster Ent. at MIPJunior this fall. Monster also distributes South African series Jungle Beat — broadcast in 196 territories so far — and Magic Cellar, which also recently sold to Gulli AFRICA.

 

‘The Day Henry Met…’ Sold to French-Speaking Markets Worldwide

August 15, 2016

Canal + buys all European, Caribbean and African French-speaking rights to hit preschool series produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo.

 

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Monster Entertainment has announced that Canal + has bought all European, Caribbean and African French-speaking rights to hit pre-school series, The Day Henry Met…. It will broadcast the series on both Canal+ and Piwi+ in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Haiti, Vanautu together with French-speaking territories in Africa. Groupe Média TFO has bought Canadian French-speaking rights. Both broadcasters have bought the existing Series of 26 x 5 minute episodes and have pre-bought Series 2 (also 26 x 5 minute) which is scheduled to start production in the first quarter of 2016.

The Day Henry Met… is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo and distributed by Monster Entertainment. The series, which won the Pulcinella Award for Best European Work at Cartoons on the Bay in 2015, was recently the top rated pre-school series in Australia when broadcast on Nick Junior. It will also debut on ABC in Australia later in the year and ABC Home Entertainment has picked up the Australia and New Zealand home entertainment rights. It has also recently been picked up by WhyJ in South Korea.

The series has previously been sold to RTE in Ireland, Nick Junior in the UK and Australia, TV Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden and HMH in the US.

Irish animation series ‘The Day Henry Met…’ sold to French-speaking markets worldwide

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27 Jan 2016 : Seán Brosnan
‘The Day Henry Met…’ is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo and distributed by Monster Entertainment
Canal + has bought all European, Caribbean and African French-speaking rights to hit pre-school series, ‘The Day Henry Met…’.

They will broadcast the series on both Canal+ and Piwi+ in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Haiti, Vanautu together with French-speaking territories in Africa.

Groupe Média TFO has bought Canadian French-speaking rights.

Both broadcasters have bought the existing Series of 26 x 5 min. episodes and have pre-bought Series 2 (also 26 x 5 min.) which is scheduled to start production in the first quarter of 2016.

‘The Day Henry Met…’ is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo and distributed by Monster Entertainment. The series, which won the Pulcinella Award for Best European Work at Cartoons on the Bay in 2015, was recently the top rated pre-school series in Australia when broadcast on Nick Junior. It will also debut on ABC in Australia later in the year and ABC Home Entertainment has picked up the Australia and New Zealand home entertainment rights. It has also recently been picked up by WhyJ in South Korea.

The series has previously been sold to RTE in Ireland, Nick Junior in the UK and Australia, TV Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada, YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden and HMH in the US.

New early learning app buys Irish toon

November 17, 2015

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A new interactive content app for preschoolers, Curious World, has acquired Monster Entertainment-sold toon The Day Henry Met..?

Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt recently launched Curious World on the App Store, and has now added Wiggleywoo-produced .? and Canadian series Hippothesis, which comes from Yowza, to its offer.

The shows will be available to children in the US as part of Curious World’s line-up of games, videos and e-books, which are offered on a subscription basis.

.? launched at MIPJunior in October after launching on RTEjr in Ireland, Nick Jr in the UK and Australia (the ABC also has it in the latter territory), SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland, Knowledge Network in Canada and Eesti in Estonia.

A second season of the 26x5mins series is going into production in January 2016.

Omens Studios signs with Monster Entertainment for Worldwide Distribution of series “Counting with Paula”

May 13, 2015

SINGAPORE, May 5, 2015 – (ACN Newswire) – Award-winning animation studio Omens Studios is pleased to announce the signing of Monster Entertainment Ltd as the worldwide distributor of 60 x 11′ animated series “Counting with Paula”.

 

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“We are very happy to distribute worldwide this charming and educational series for preschool children from Omens Studios. Counting with Paula has an entertaining and engaging format suitable for young audiences, and we believe that children around the world will soon be learning maths and simple problem solving with Paula and her friends,” said Ania Rozenszprung-Clinton, Senior Sales and Acquisition Executive.

Chi Sim Tang, Founder and Executive Producer at Omens Studios, said “Monster Entertainment is an established and successful distributor and we are excited to partner with them to bring Counting with Paula to networks worldwide.”

“Counting with Paula” is a 60 x 11′ CG animated series created and produced in HD1080 for 3 to 6 year olds by award-winning animation studio Omens Studios.
Based on highly regarded public pre-school Math curriculums such as Singapore Math and the United States’ Common Core, and developed in consultation with experts in early childhood Mathematics Education, the show makes learning about numbers, counting and shapes, fun, easy and entertaining.

Drawing from critical skillsets such as letter and numerical literacy, spatial and color awareness, comprehension and social-emotional skills, the curriculum is designed to introduce and develop emergent numerical and comprehension skills in children aged 3 to 6 years old.

The website for the series is at www.countingwithpaula.com, where more information and videos can be found. In additional, Counting with Paula spin-offs such as DVDs, apps, video games, books and merchandising will follow in the coming months.

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Broadcast deals flood in for Jungle Beat after MIPTV showcase

May 12, 2015

Monster Entertainment closes a raft of new sales for animation series.

Following on from the launch of season three at MIPTV – and the announcement of a multi-territory deal with Cartoon Network EMEA – Monster Entertainment has closed a raft of new sales for family-friendly animation Jungle Beat.

The new season has been sold to major European networks including YLE in Finland, SVT in Sweden and VRT in Belgium, all of which have also renewed the first two seasons of the series.

Monster Entertainment has also sold two seasons of Jungle Beat to SRC, the public broadcaster in French speaking Canada, and Jim Jam in multiple territories all over Europe.

Gulli has acquired the three seasons for its audience in French speaking Africa, NRK has picked up the new season in Norway and Cartoon Network has also now picked up the new season for broadcast throughout Latin America and Brazil.

Produced by Sunrise Productions in South Africa and distributed by Monster Entertainment, Jungle Beat follows a team of adventurers and the different animals they encounter in nature. It is aimed at children between four and eight, however ratings have proved it has appeal for a much wider audience.

Season four of Jungle Beat is already in production and there are plans to build the brand further through an app and licensing activities.

Monster Entertainment has sold seasons one and two to broadcasters in 182 countries and to nearly 40 airlines.

Source: Licensing.biz

International Sales for Animated Series Jungle Beat

CAPE TOWN: Distributor Monster Entertainment has secured multiple international sales for the South African children’s series Jungle Beat.

The animated show, produced by Sunrise Productions, follows a team of adventurers and the different animals they encounter in nature. Its latest season has been picked up by Yle in Finland, SVT in Sweden and VRT in Belgium, all of which had also secured the show’s first two seasons. SRC, a public broadcaster in French-speaking Canada, went for two seasons of the show, along with Jim Jam for multiple European territories.

Meanwhile, Gulli acquired three seasons for its audience in French-speaking Africa, with NRK nabbing the new season in Norway. Cartoon Network also clinched a deal for the new season, to be broadcast throughout Latin America and Brazil. The show’s fourth season is currently in production.

Source: WorldScreen

Monster Entertainment inks raft of deals for Jungle Beat

May 7, 2015

Following the season three launch of Jungle Beat at MIPTV, Monster Entertainment has sealed a raft of new deals for the series in Europe, Africa, North America and Latin America.

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YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden) and VRT (Belgium) are on board for season three and have renewed for the first two seasons; pubcaster SRC (French-speaking Canada) and Jim Jam (multiple European territories) have picked up the first two seasons; Gulli (French-speaking Africa) has nabbed all three seasons; and NRK (Norway) and Cartoon Network (Latin America, Brazil) snagged the new season.

With the latest sales, broadcasters in a total of 182 countries are now airing both seasons one and two, as well as nearly 40 airlines.

Produced by Sunrise Productions in South Africa, the series targeting four- to eight-year-olds follows a team of adventurers and the different animals they encounter in nature.

Season four of Jungle Beat is already in production, and plans are in the works to build the brand through additional seasons, as well as apps and web games.

Source: Kidscreen

European nets feel Jungle Beat

May 6, 2015

YLE in Finland, Swedish pubcaster SVT and VRT in Belgium are among the broadcasters picking up new episodes of dialogue-free animation Jungle Beat.

Produced by Sunrise Pictures in South Africa and distributed by Monster Entertainment in Ireland, the series follows a team of adventurers and the different animals they encounter on their travels.
The third season was launched at MipTV last month and Monster has since concluded a multi-territory deal with Cartoon Network EMEA as well as a raft of sales elsewhere. Cartoon Network has picked up the new season for Latin America.

YLE, SVT and VRT have renewed rights to the first two seasons as well as picking up the third. Two seasons have also gone to French-Canadian pubcaster SRC and JimJam for multiple territories across Europe. Gulli has taken three seasons for French-speaking Africa, while NRK has picked up the new episodes in Norway.

The series is aimed at children aged between four and eight and a fourth season is already in production. The first two seasons sold into 182 countries.

Source: C21 Media

Monster Entertainment at MipTV 2015 News

April 15, 2015

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Monster animation series on Aer Lingus’ Cara Magazine

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Boomerang swings for non-verbal toon

Turner Broadcasting has acquired a non-verbal children’s animated series from South Africa for its recently relaunched Boomerang channel in Europe.

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Boomerang will air the third season of Jungle Beat (13×7′) in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Eastern Europe in the third quarter of 2015 following a deal with Irish distributor Monster Entertainment.

The series, produced by Cape Town-based Sunrise Productions, has also been acquired by public broadcaster VRT for Flemish-speaking Belgium.

It focuses on different animals and the bizarre situations they encounter in nature, with stories that are classic, slapstick, with simple situations that spiral into chaos.

Previous seasons of the show have been sold to broadcasters in 182 countries by Monster Entertainment, while seasons four and five are currently in production.

Boomerang was recently relaunched around the world as an all-animation, youth-skewing companion channel to Cartoon Network, with a line-up specifically designed for family co-viewing.

Turner acquired toons such as PGS Entertainment’s The Jungle Bunch, DHX Media’s new CGI version of Inspector Gadget, Endemol’s Mr Bean and, most recently One Animation’s slapstick toon The Oddbods for the channel in various territories.

 

Source: C21 Media

Turner brings Jungle Beat to CEE

Jungle Beat, the non-dialog animated series from South Africa’s Sunrise Productions, has been scooped up by Turner Broadcasting for Boomerang channels across Central and Eastern Europe from distributor Monster Entertainment.
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Turner is set to premiere the third season (13 x seven minutes) in the third quarter of 2015, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Eastern Europe.

Following its debut in these territories, the season will be licensed to free-TV broadcasters. VRT is already on-board for Flemish-speaking Belgium.

Jungle Beat focuses on different animals and bizarre situations they encounter in nature.

Ireland’s Monster Entertainment has sold seasons one and two to broadcasters in 182 countries, as well as 30 airlines. At present, season three is being completed with seasons four and five in production. Along with an active licensing program, the property also has theatrical screenings, an iOS and Android mobile game, and a digital kids’ club.

Source: Kidscreen

Cartoons on the Bay Festival Honours Irish Animation with Pulcinella Award Nominations

Irish animation continues to shine abroad as Irish productions The Day Henry Met, Punky, Somewhere Down the Line and Bing have received nominations at the Pulcinella Awards, which take place as part of the Cartoons on the Bay festival in Italy.

Two animated series produced in Ireland have been nominated in the TV Series for Preschool category. The Day Henry Met from Wiggleywoo was nominated in this category, and follows four-year-old Henry, who every day meets something new. Bing produced by Dublin-based Brown Bag Films also received a nomination in the same category.

Punky from Geronimo Productions was nominated in the Educational and Social Issues Work category. Punky is a preschool animated series, centred around a six year old girl with Down Syndrome and was the winner of the Best Children’s Film award at the International Disability Film Festival in November 2014.

Somewhere Down the Line from Cartoon Saloon was nominated in the Short Film category. The short was directed by Julien Regnard and examines a man’s life, loves and losses which are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car. It recently won the award for Best Animation at the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival.

The Cartoons on the Bay festival takes place in Venice, Italy, from April 16-18 2015.

Source: Irish Film Board

Monster Entertainment’s Music Programming at MIPDoc 2015

April 7, 2015

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Monster Entertainment’s Animation Series at MIPTV 2015

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Monster Entertainment and Zaya Toonz partner to bring hit US faith-based animation to international market

April 2, 2015

The American award-winning animation series that has ranked as the #1 Children’s DVD release at Christian retail is making its way to the international market soon. Iesodo, pronounced as ”yay-sa-doe”, will be released to the international TV and DVD markets by Monster Entertainment at MipTV 2015, which will take place in Cannes this April.

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Iesodo, which means ”the way of Jesus”, is also the name of a wise white dove that, together with his feathered friends, brings the New Testament stories to life in a whole new, original way. Featuring Christian-film favourite Erin Bethea (Fireproof, The Redemption of Henry Myers) as the voice of ”Maggie”, the faith-based animation has been among the Top 10 Christian Kids DVD in the US since its initial launch in 2013, with five DVDs and a soundtrack album released to date – and there’s even more on the way.

Produced by Zaya Toonz, a company from Hollywood, CA, whose team includes renowned producers such as Emmy-nominated Rob Loos, Iesodo has won its own share of awards as well. So far, the series has garnered two Telly Awards, two Accolade Awards and two Cynopsys Imagination Nominations, and now it’s coming to MipTV 2015 with the help of Monster Entertainment, the Dublin-based distributor and producer, which has a specialisation in faith-based programming.

Monster Entertainment to launch Hozier special at MipDoc

March 30, 2015

Monster Entertainment will be launching ‘Hozier – Other Voices Special’ (1 x 50 min) at MipDoc 2015.
This Other Voices series’ special focus on Andrew Hozier-Byrne, the Irish singer-songwriter who became a worldwide sensation and features his first ever television appearance in Dingle.

‘Hozier – Other Voices Special’ reveals exclusive interview footage with Hozier, who taught himself how to play guitar and piano at 15, following in the steps of his musician father.

The special also presents Hozier’s live performances of songs such as ”From Eden”, ”Work Song” and the hit ”Take Me To Church”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2015 and went to number two in the US and the UK, a feat matched by his debut album which is enjoying worldwide success.

Previous specials from the Other Voices series have been well-received around the world, like the Amy Winehouse special, which was sold in 50 countries and to top broadcasters such as BBC, ZDF, WoWow and The Smithsonian Channel. The 13th season of the acclaimed music series Other Voices will also be launched soon, at MipTV 2015, and will feature intimate acoustic sessions and interviews with great artists like Damien Rice, Jessie Ware and Melanie de Blasio.

The Hozier special has already been acquired by RTE, YLE and the Arts Channel New Zealand.

(Source: IFTN)

RTÉ, YLE in tune with Hozier music doc

March 27, 2015

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Ireland’s RTÉ and Finland’s YLE are among buyers of an Other Voices strand special on Irish singer-songwriter Hozier.

Hozier – Other Voices Special is a 1x50mins doc that Dublin’s Monster Entertainment is launching at MIPDoc next month. It includes an interview with Andrew Hozier-Byrne and live performances.

Arts Channel in New Zealand has also acquired it.

Other Voices is an Irish musical brand that produces television documentaries. Its Other Voices stand is currently heading into its 13th season.

(Source: TBI Vision)

Wiggleywoo’s ‘Henry’ Racks Up Presales

February 6, 2015

Irish studio Wiggleywoo Ltd. has just kicked off production on a new animated preschool series, The Day Henry Met, and has already signed presale agreements with key international broadcasters. The 26 x 5 series is funded by RTEjr, The Irish Film Board, Section 481 and Creative Europe and from presales — including to Nick Jr. (U.K./Irealand), TVO (Canada), YLE (Finland) and SVT (Sweden).

The Day Henry Met is aimed at preschoolers and encourages children to use their imagination and discover the world around them through play and adventure. The hero, Henry, is an inquisitive little boy who in every episode meets something new, which becomes the focus of a new adventure, be it a whale, the moon or a knight. The show will launch on RTEjr in Ireland in June 2015, with international roll-out following in the fall.

Dublin-based Monster Entertainment has acquired distribution rights and will debut the show at Kidscreen next month.

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Irish toon Henry meets int’l networks

International broadcasters including Nick Jr in the UK and Ireland have pre-bought a pre-school toon due to premiere on Irish pubcaster RTÉjr this summer.

The Day Henry Met! (26×5′), which follows a charming, inquisitive boy who meets something new in each episode, will also air on TVO in Canada, YLE in Finland and SVT in Sweden.

Its producers, Dublin-based Wiggleywoo, say the toon encourages children to use their imagination and discover the world around them through play and adventure.

The pre-sales, along with investment from RTÉjr, The Irish Film Board, Irish tax breaks and funding body Creative Europe, have helped finance the series, which recently began production and is due to begin airing on RTÉjr in June. Other channels will start to air the show in autumn.

Fellow Irish firm Monster Entertainment holds the distribution rights to the series and will officially launch it at Kidscreen in Miami next month.

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Wiggleywoo starts production on The Day Henry Met

Irish animation company Wiggleywoo’s brand-new preschool series The Day Henry Met has gone into production.

Set to debut on Irish pubcaster RTÉ Television’s preschool channel RTÉjr this June, Nick Jr. (UK, Ireland), TVO Canada (Canada), YLE (Finland) and SVT (Sweden) have all pre-bought the series.

The Day Henry Met (26 x five minutes) encourages kids to use their imagination. It follows inquisitive little boy Henry, who encounters someone or something new in each episode. He then explores the new connection, whether that be a whale, a postman, a knight or the moon, ultimately teaching viewers about real-life objects and occupations.

The series is funded by RTÉjr, The Irish Film Board, Section 481, Creative Europe and pre-sales. Dublin, Ireland-based Monster Entertainment is on-board as the series’ distributor.

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Animation Round-up- IFTN

October 17, 2014

 

Cartoonito and RTÉ Acquire Free TV Rights for ‘Pip Ahoy!’; Monster Entertainment is launching the series at MIPJunior

Following the success of the show in the UK on Channel 5’s Milkshake block, Cartoonito and RTÉ have snapped up the Free TV Rights for ‘Pip Ahoy!’ in Ireland, with Cartoon Network UK acquiring the UK and Ireland Pay TV rights for its channel.

’Pip Ahoy!’ is the number one kids show in the UK for children 4-9 years old ahead of such shows as ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ and ‘Postman Pat’. A master toy license deal has recently been signed with John Adams and there will be more licensing and publishing deals announced soon.

Monster Entertainment is launching the series at MIPJunior and is hoping to replicate the UK success of the show, with sales to international broadcasters at MIPCOM.

’Pip Ahoy!’ follows the adventures of an eager happy go lucky young pup called Pip and his best friend Alba the kitten around the colourful and enchanting seaside resort of Salty Cove, where there is always an adventure to be had.

The series was created and being produced by CHF Entertainment in the UK at CHF’s new studio based in Manchester. The company is the new incarnation of British animation company Cosgrove Hall Films, which created such series as ‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Count Duckula’, ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and ‘the BFG’.

Voice artists include Sir David Jason (‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Count Duckula’, ‘Wind in The Willows’), Teresa Gallagher (‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, ‘Octonauts’, ‘Noddy’), Emma Tate (‘Moshi Monsters’ , ‘Horrid Henry’, ‘The Jungle Book series’) and Jimmy Hibbert (‘Danger Mouse’, ‘Avenger Penguins’, ‘Little Red Tractor’) and the title song is performed by singer and presenter Stacy Solomon.

Link: http://www.iftn.ie/news/?act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4287628&tpl=archnews&force=1

Cartoonito, RTE buy Pip Ahoy!

Cartoonito in the UK and Ireland and Irish pubcaster RTE have acquired rights to Channel 5’s animated series Pip Ahoy!.

RTE’s deal gives it free TV rights in Ireland.

The show comes from Ireland’s Monster Entertainment, and is about an eager young pup and his best friend, a cat, in a seaside resort.

Monster is launching the show at MIPCOM. CHF Entertainment ­­– the new incarnation of Cosgrove Hall (Danger MouseWind in the Willows) produced the series.

 

 

Link: http://tbivision.com/news/2014/10/cartoonito-rte-buy-pip-ahoy/342732/

Deals, Deals and More Deals from MIPCOM

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MIPCOM is now under way in Cannes, with buyers and sellers from all over the world converging to work out deals.

Here’s the latest from the Croisette:

 Cartoon Network U.K. has acquired the U.K. and Ireland pay-TV rights toPip Ahoy! for its Cartoonito channel, and RTE has acquired free-TV rights for Ireland. Pip Ahoy! is the No. 1 children’s show in the U.K. for ages 4-9. A master toy-license deal has recently been signed with John Adams and there will be more licensing and publishing deals announced soon.

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Link: http://www.animationmagazine.net/events/deals-deals-and-more-deals-from-mipcom/ 

New Shows, New Deals: Nick, Pixar and More!


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 Monster Entertainment will be launching the third season of Sunrise Production’s Jungle Beat hit series at MIP Junior. The third season is in production and will be finished in January 2015. It is part of a major expansion of the Jungle Beat brand, which includes a fourth season which is already confirmed with plans for a fifth and a sixth series, a seven-minute version and increased licensing activity, theatrical exhibition and participation in theme parks.

 

Link: http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/new-shows-new-deals-nick-pixar-and-more/

Wulfie Animation, Monster Entertainment Set ‘Wulfie’

September 22, 2014
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Irish toon production keeps growing

“Wulfie,” a 2D toon TV skein, will be carrying the Irish flag at this year’s Cartoon Forum, the Toulouse-set three-day confab.

Produced by Ireland’s Wulfie Animation, the series is one of nine Irish projects pitched at the mini-mart.

“Wulfie” turns on the relationship between the 10-year-old Libby and her new best friend.  “It’s a comedy series about the ultimate friendship that grew from a bedtime story,” explained Lindsay J. Sedgwick, producer at Wulfie Animation.

Sedgwick is also an Irish writer and toon author, creator of the first mainstream toon skein, featuring a lead character with Down Syndrome, “Punky” –two seasons of 20 x 7 minutes–, which sold worldwide.

Dublin-based co-producer Monster Entertainment is a brand management shingle that produces and distributes worldwide mainly children’s mainstream animation but also handles documentaries and musicals aimed to kids. Its catalogue includes “The Travels of a Young Marco Polo” and “Planet Rock Profiles” ­­–sold to more than 180 countries.

“In ‘Wulfie’ the ordinary becomes chaotic and the fun is in trying to make everything ‘normal’ again – which it can never be, not when your best friend is a pathologically nosy, purple shape-changing, talking, wolf-like creature from another world,” added Sedgwick.

Series, which targets kids aged 6-11, is budgeted at €5.4 million($6.6 million). Production is scheduled to kick off by June 2015.

Ireland is highly attractive for its support schemes. “We are in a uniquely strong position with funding available from the Section 481 tax shelter, the support of the Irish Film Board, and Irish broadcasters, the Broadcast Authority of Ireland and MEDIA, as well as having especially good relationships with the U.K. and European broadcasters. Our last series, ‘Rocka-Bye Island,’ was financed 100% out of Ireland,” pointed out Andrew Fitzpatrick, Monster’s CEO.

Alongside Jam Media, Monster won the investor-distributor and producer prize at Cartoon Forum in 2012. Monster has recently picked up Belgium’s “Luchien” (26 x 1 minute), Finland’s “Pikkuli” (26 x 5 minute), and Indonesia’s “FlipFlap” (25 x 4 minute), three comedies to debut next month at MIP Junior, part of Cannes’ Mipcom trade fair.

The 25th Cartoon Forum runs Sept 23-26 in Toulouse.

 

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Monster Grows Slate with ‘Wulfie’

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A 2D toon concept titled Wulfie will be one of nine projects boasting Irish ancestry at the Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France this week. The series is produced by Wulfie Animation and will be repped by co-producer and brand management shingle Monster Entertainment. Dublin-based Monster and production partner Jam Media took home the investor-distributor and producer prize at the event’s 2012 edition.

Wulfie, aimed at kids 6-11, centers on the relationship between 10-year-old Libby and her new best friend, a “pathologically nosy, purple, shape-changing, talking, wolf-like creature from another world,” according to producer Lindsay Sedgwick (the creator of groundbreaking animated series Punky). The series is set to begin production next year.

Monster’s distribution arm will also be flexing its muscle with 18 series — many new acquisitions — at the MIP Junior market in Cannes next month. These include short format Euro animations Luchien (26 x 1), Pikkuli (26 x 5) and FlipFlap (25 x 4), which will make their market debuts.

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MIP News Bytes: ‘Luchien,’ ‘P. King Duckling,’ ‘Zafari,’ ‘G.U.N.K. Aliens’

September 15, 2014

Monster Entertainment continues to roll out the dialog-free kids fare for MIP Junior with two more series on its sales slate. Luchien (26 x 1) from Belgium’s Truffe Productions centers on Luchien the dog and Gabin the parrot and their wacky adventures — the series has already sold to RTBF (Belgium) and YLE (Finland). FlipFlap (25 x 4) is being produced by Mikairu for MCNTV in Indonesia and presents the problem solving antics of two cute fish living in a tank. www.monsterentertainment.tv

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MIP Bytes: ‘Miffy,’ ‘Hullabalooba,’ ‘Pikkuli’

September 11, 2014

 

+ Ireland’s Monster Entertainment will launch a new non-dialog series called Hullabalooba (13 x 5) at MIP Junior as one of its 18 new and classic titles the company plans to screen in Cannes. Produced by Studio Outo in Finland, the cut-out style toon has been pre-sold to YLE Finland, NRK Norway and SVT Sweden. The show follows three pirates, two seagulls and a parrot as their journeys through the seven seas result in blunders and chaos. www.monsterentertainment.tv

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+ Monster will also be debuting another non-dialog animation at the show — Pikkuli (26 x 5) from Finland’s Sun In Eye Productions. Based on the book Fly, Pikkuli Fly! by Metsamarja Aittokoski and illustrated by Elli Vuorinen. The short format kiddy show centers on bouncing baby bird Pikkuli and his family as they confront everyday challenges and let their personalities take wing. The show has pre-sold to YLE, TV2 (Norway), ERR (Estonia), HRT (Croatia), RTV5 (Slovakia) and Public Latvian Television. www.monsterentertainment.tv

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Euro nets fly with bird toon

September 8, 2014

Broadcasters in Norway, Estonia, Croatia, Slovakia and Latvia have acquired a non-dialogue animated preschool series coproduced by Finnish animation house Sun in Eye Productions.

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TV2 in Norway, ERR in Estonia, HRT in Croatia, RTVS in Slovakia and Public Latvian Television have all pre-bought Pikkuli (26×5′), which previously went under the title Lil’ Birdie.

The series is based on the novels Lenna Pikkuli, Lenna by author Metsämarja Aittokoski and illustrated by Elli Vuorinen.

The show is a coproduction between Sun in Eye Productions and GSW Animation in Jamaica, while Ireland’s Monster Entertainment holds distribution rights.

YLE pre-bought the show, which follows a little bird who doesn’t want to learn to fly and so instead hops around like a chicken, last year, asrevealed by C21.

 

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Monster Entertainment picks up Pikkuli

September 5, 2014

Dublin, Ireland-based distributor and producer Monster Entertainment is launching Pikkuli, a new preschool series from Finlandat MIP Junior.

The preschool series (26 x five minutes) is produced by Finland’s Sun In Eye Productions and is based on the book Fly, Pikkuli Fly! by author Metsämarja Aittokoski and illustrator Elli Vuorinen.

Monster has made presales to Finland’s YLE, Norway’s TV2 and a number of Eastern European broadcasters, including ERR (Estonia), HRT (Croatia), RTVS (Slovakia) and Public Latvian Television.

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C5′s Pip sets sail with Monster

April 8, 2014

NEWS BRIEF: Irish distributor Monster Entertainment has secured rights to upcoming UK toon Pip Ahoy!, created and produced by the new incarnation of British animation company Cosgrove Hall Films.

The 52×11′ series, produced by CHF Entertainment, will launch on UK broadcaster Channel 5’s kids’ block later this year. It will feature the voice of Sir David Jason, who previously worked on Cosgrove Hall’s classic Danger Mouse and Count Duckula toons.

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MIPTV 2014: Monster to sell Pip Ahoy! in Cannes

April 7, 2014

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Ireland’s Monster Entertainment will launch 52x11mins animated toon Pip Ahoy! at MIPTV.

The preschooler comes from CHF Entertainment, which is the production venture from the UK animation execs behind the legendary Cosgrove Hall Films (Danger Mouse,Count Duckula).

Pip Ahoy! has scored a commission from UK broadcaster Channel 5 and will launch on its kids block Milkshake! block. It is billed as a “fun-filled animated adventure series for three-to-six-year-olds”, and has voice talent including David Jason (Danger MouseCount Duckula,The Wind in the Willows), Teresa Gallagher (The Amazing World of Gumball,Octonauts) and Jimmy Hibbert (Danger Mouse).

Monster is launching it along with eight other new animated properties in Cannes.

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Monster Launches ‘Pip Ahoy!’ at MIP

Monster Entertainment is launching at MIPTV the animated children’s series Pip Ahoy!

The series is created and produced by CHF Entertainment, a new incarnation of the iconic British animation company Cosgrove Hall Films, which produced such classic series as Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, Wind In The Willows and BFG.

The new company is headed up by Brian Cosgrove; Mark Hall’s son, Simon; and Francis Fitzpatrick, who brought the hugely successful and seven-time Emmy Award-winning animation series Jakers! to the global market a few years ago.

This 52 x 11 series was commissioned by Channel 5 in the United Kingdom and will launch on the prestigious children’s block, Milkshake, later this year. The series is being produced in UK at CHF’s new state-of-the-art studio based in Didsbury, Manchester.

Voice artists include Sir David Jason (Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, Wind in The Willows), Teresa Gallagher (The Amazing World of Gumball, Octonauts, Noddy), Emma Tate (Moshi Monsters , Horrid Henry, The Jungle Book series) and Jimmy Hibbert (Danger Mouse, Avenger Penguins, Little Red Tractor). Scripts are written by an experienced team led by Nick Wilson, who created the Channel 5 Milkshake brand. The theme song is sung by Stacey Solomon.

Pip Ahoy! is one of the nine new animation titles that Monster is bringing to MIPTV this year.

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Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick strengthens operations, launches Pip Ahoy! at MIP

Looking to build upon its already good reputation in the UK, driven by Cosgrove Hall’s classic animated series Danger Mouse, CHF Media Group launched its new commercial distribution, development and production arm CHF Rights last fall and has been steadily building the business since. It’s also developing new IP to pitch to UK and US broadcasters, and the first of four new programs on the slate is 2D-animated preschool series Pip Ahoy!

After raising US$5 million through British government business expansion program EIF (Enterprise Investment Scheme), CHF – through distributor Monster Entertainment -  is bringing  six episodes of the US$8.3-million production to this week’s MIPTV before its expected premiere on Channel 5′s Milkshake! block this September. The IP’s licensing and merchandising program also kicked off at London’s BLE in October.

“Lisle International is already on-board [as our licensing agent] and we’re confident of landing a master toy and master publishing deal before June,” says CHF Entertainment president Francis Fitzpatrick.

CHF Media Group originally formed in 2011 as a new company supported by private investors after Cosgrove Hall Productions was shut down by owner ITV in 2009. CHF Media Group then launched animation company Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick Entertainment under the leadership of creative director Brian Cosgrove, MD Simon Hall and Fitzpatrick.

With offices already in London and New York, the company moved into a new office in Manchester last fall and according to Fitzpatrick, it was able to hire more than 80 people—primarily as a result of the new UK tax credit, which went into effect on April 1, 2013.

CHF Rights, led by industry veteran Brendan Kelly, is now leveraging CHF’s full slate of in-house productions and acquired third-party content for potential worldwide broadcast, L&M and multiplatform opportunities.

CHF’s second title is 52 x 11-minute action/adventure comedy Hero Gliffix, which follows the adventures of a group of crime-fighting dogs who live in a museum. Pre-production has wrapped and CiTV is expected to air the show for kids six to nine in September 2015.

Another new adventure/comedy series, also for the six-to-nine set, is Horatio.

“It’s in early development and the first bible and script will be ready for MIPTV,” says Fitzpatrick. “We’re talking to a couple of potential co-pro partners in Canada and Ireland and I’d be very surprised if we didn’t have at least one in place in the next six months.”

CHF is also looking for a broadcast partner for its 52 x seven-minute, 2D-animated preschool series PowWow Pando. The company is seeking US$8.3 million in funding for all four properties.

He adds that the US is a major focus for CHF in 2014 and beyond. An expansion is currently planned for its New York office, where Fitzpatrick will eventually take a more permanent role.

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Octopus toon spreads tentacles

February 26, 2014

Broadcasters in Asia, Europe and the Middle East have picked up a Costa Rican cartoon about a group of octopus friends, distributed by Ireland’s Monster Entertainment.

Outopus (52×2′) has been acquired by Disney in Japan, YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway and Junior TV in Germany, as well as pan-Arabic broadcaster Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC).

The slapstick non-dialogue series, which is aimed at children aged 4-8, is produced by Rocket Cartoons in Costa Rica and revolves around five octopus friends that have grown bored of life in their fish tank and attempt to escape.

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Monster Entertainment signs Outopus deals

February 25, 2014

Following its launch at MIP Junior last October, Monster Entertainment has secured new deals across Europe, MENA and Asia for the animated series Outopus.

The 52 x two-minute series has already been picked up by Disney Japan, YLE Finland, NRK Norway, Junior TV Germany, and Al Jazeera children (JCC). Aimed at children from ages four to eight, the slapstick comedy has also been picked up by a number of airlines including Aer Lingus, Vietnam Airlines, Meridiana Fly, Air Italy and Norwegian Air.

The series was produced by Rocket Cartoons in Costa Rica and tells the story of five octopus friends that have grown bored of life in their fish tank.

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Critters land in Finland

December 11, 2013

YLE in Finland is among the broadcasters to have acquired the Danish animated preschool children’s series Tiny Square Critters (26×7′).

Multimania TV has also acquired the series and will air the toon, produced by Denmark’s Tiny Film, in Russia, CIS, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Meanwhile, EduCar in Argentina and WhyJ Contents in South Korea have also picked up the series, which teaches children how to draw animals and is distributed by Monster Entertainment.

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Monster’s Tiny Square Critters Finds New Buyers

December 10, 2013

Ireland’s Monster Entertainment has landed new deals across Europe, Asia and South America with the brand new animated children’s seriesTiny Square Critters, which was launched at MIP Junior. Set in a forest, the 2D animated series tells stories from the target audience’s (3 to 6 years old) own world, e.g. the day in the kindergarten.

Each episode starts and ends with a lesson in how to draw animals, encouraging children to join in the stories and create adventures of their own. The 26 x 7-minute series has been acquired by broadcasters YLE Finland, EduCar in Argentina, Multimania TV who will air it in Russia, CIS, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and WhyJ Contents in South Korea. Produced by Tiny Film, Tiny Square Critters will mark Monster’s second collaboration with the Danish animation studio, which also produces the popular non-dialogue animated series Originalos.

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Monster Entertainment sells Tiny Square Critters

Ireland’s Monster Entertainment has recently secured broadcast deals across Europe, Asia and South America for new animated preschool series Tiny Square Critters.

Set in a forest, Tiny Square Critters tells stories based on the events of a regular day from the point-of-view of three- to six-year-olds.

Each episode starts and ends with a lesson in how to draw animals, encouraging children to join in the stories and create adventures of their own. The 26 x  seven-minute series has been acquired by broadcasters YLE (Finland), EduCar (Argentina), Multimania TV (Russia, CIS, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) and WhyJ Contents (South Korea).

Produced by Tiny Film, Tiny Square Critters will mark Monster’s second collaboration with the Danish animation studio, which also produces the popular dialogue-free animated series Originalos?

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Monster relaunch Four Gates titles

August 23, 2013

UK animation prodco Martin Gates Productions will relaunch its programme library in high definition at this year’s MipJunior to mark the company’s 25th anniversary.

The prodco is joining forces with Conexion Media Group to bring titles including The Dreamstone (52×30’) and Bimble’s Bucket (13×30’) back to the international market.

The 40-hour programme catalogue has been upgraded to HD quality and will now be sold internationally by Dublin-based distributor Monster Entertainment.

The Dreamstone is set on a distant planet where dreams and nightmares do battle and has previously been sold into 30 countries. Bimble’s Bucket has been picked up by broadcasters in 50 territories, including Sky and CiTV in the UK.

Also included on the slate are one-off specials Mole’s Christmas, adapted from a chapter in The Wind in the Willows and previously aired by the BBC and The Disney Channel, and Santa’s Last Christmas, which is voiced by Hugh Laurie (House).

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Monster Entertainment to Release Martin Gates’ Library

August 22, 2013

Irish distributor and producer Monster Entertainment will distribute a new upgraded, HD catalog of Martin Gates Productions’ shows. The deal, which coincides with the Martin Gates’ 25th anniversary, includes 40 hours of programming.

“We are delighted to be working with Martin Gates, a legend of the animation industry and our wonderful friends at Connexion to bring these rejuvenated classics to a new generation of children,” says Monster Entertainment’s chairman Andrew Fitzpatrick.

The remastered toons are:

The Dreamstone (52×30), a show set upon a distant planet that tells the gripping tale of a battle between dreams and nightmares. To date the show has been sold in over 30 different countries.

Mole’s Christmas (1×30) is a story adapted from Dulce Domum, a chapter in Kenneth Grahame’s well loved classic book The Wind In The Willows. The show has been sold in over 50 different countries and has been licensed by such broadcasters as BBC Kids and The Disney Channel.

Bimble’s Bucket (13×30) is a show about an anthropomorphic young male named Bimble who receives a magic bucket that will give him any object he asks for. The show has aired in over 50 different countries and has been sold to broadcasters such as Sky Digital and CITV.

Santa’s Last Christmas (1×30) is a Christmas special featuring the voice of Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie. When Santa and his elves oversleep they run the risk of causing a toy shortage at Christmas. To date the show has aired in over 40 different countries.

Monster Entertainment will launch the catalogue MIP Jr. and MIPCOM this October.

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Monster Entertainment Adds Broadcasters for I’m a Dinosaur

June 11, 2013

Ireland’s Monster Entertainment has picked up a number of international broadcasters for Canada-based Huminah Huminah Animation’s  52 x five-minute series I’m a Dinosaur.

Canal+ will air the series on Piwi+ in France, while DR Denmark and RTE Ireland have also picked up the series that features 52 different dinosaurs in five-minute episodes in which they describe their strengths, weaknesses and environment.

The series was also recently picked up by Discovery Networks for broadcast across Asian territories, DLA in Latin America, ABC Australia for DVD, and Toongoggles for VOD.

The series is based on Dublin, Ireland-based Brown Bag Films’ format.

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Monster sings with Bowie

March 15, 2013

Dublin-based distributor Monster Entertainment has coproduced new episodes of its music documentary series, featuring the resurgent British rock star David Bowie.

Video Killed the Radio Star (13×22′) is now in its fifth season and is coproduced by Monster alongside Scott Millaney’s prodco MGMM.

The new episodes will premiere on Sky Arts in the UK and feature archive and original interviews from major artists such as David Bowie, Neil Young, The Cure, Blondie, Kate Bush, Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash and Madonna.

The show claims to reveal “the genius, madness, excesses and ideas behind some of music’s most famous videos.”

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Monster Entertainment’s Jungle Beats Signs New Deals

January 22, 2013

Monster Entertainment has recently signed new deals with several broadcasters for their 26 x 5 animated series Jungle Beat, with the new list of broadcasters consisting of Cartoon Network Japan, Cartoon Network Latin America, Disney Taiwan (including Macau and Hong Kong), Nickelodeon India and Indonesia’s B Channel.

Jungle Beat is notable for not having any dialogue for the entirety of its episodes, with the family friendly CG animated series focusing more on the different animals and bizarre situations that can be encountered naturally.

The raft of new deals will bring Monster Entertainment’s successful CG animated series to TV screens across Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, India and Indian subcontinent. Producing studio Sunrise Productions are currently working on the third season of the show, with the previous two series available on DVD and on the iTunes store.

Jungle Beat is currently being broadcast in 200 countries and shown on more than 20 airlines, with the brand enjoying widespread success alongside a substantial merchandising program as well as theatrical releases of new episodes in 3D stereoscopic format.

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Cartoon Network dances to Beat

Cartoon Network has acquired the South African cartoon series Jungle Beat for its feeds in Japan and Latin America, while Disney and Nick have taken the toon in Asia.

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Disney Taiwan, Nickelodeon India and B Channel in Indonesia will also air the 26×5′ series, produced by South Africa’s Sunrise Productions.

The non-dialogue toon features a cast of animals who find themselves in unusual situations and has now been sold to 200 territories.

Broadcasters including France’s Canal+, Sweden’s SVT, Norway’s NRK and Italy’s Rai. Ireland’s Monster Entertainment handles sales and a third season is currently in production and will be available in stereoscopic 3D.

 

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Monster Ent.’s ‘Jungle Beat’ Sells to More Outlets

January 21, 2013

Monster Entertainment has signed new deals with Cartoon Network Japan, Cartoon Network Latin America, Disney Taiwan (including Hong Kong and Macau), Nickelodeon India and B Channel in Indonesia for animated series Jungle Beat. The 26×5 minute dialog-free animation is family friendly CGI series focusing on different animals and the bizarre situations they encounter in nature.

The new deals will bring the hugely successful CGI animated series to television screens across Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, India and Indian subcontinent. Producing studio Sunrise Productions are currently working on the third season of the show, with the previous two series available on DVD and on the iTunes store.

Broadcast in 200 countries worldwide and shown on 27 airlines, the Jungle Beat brand has enjoyed widespread success with a substantial merchandising programme and also theatrical release of the new episodes, which are being made in 3D stereoscopic, in many territories.

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Monster Distributes launches Baaas at MIPTV

May 31, 2010

“Malika Alouane and Mahmoud Bouneb from JCCTV, S4C, Nia Ceidiog from Ceidiog and Andrew Fitzpactick from Monster celebrating the launch of Baaas”

Monster Distributes is launching live action series Baaas at MIPTV. With 104 x 12 mins or 52 x 24 mins plus Christmas, Ramadan and Eid specials, the series is a multicultural family sitcom, and is a ground-breaking co-production between Welsh based Ceidiog, S4C and the pan Arabic Al Jazeera Childrens Channel / JCCTV.

Ceidiog, based in Cardiff is the only Uk company to have completed two series of coproduction with JCC. Ceidiog MD Nia Ceidiog, also creator of the show said “I’m delighted that Monster are to distribute Baaas. The show is truly universal – it’s about family values, and the Baaas are an extraordinary, ordinary family. They just happen to be walking, talking, singing sheep! Being with the Baaas is about Belonging!”

Meet the Baaas – there’s nothing cuter than cuddly, fluffy sheep and here’s a whole family of them. There are the twins Jaaason and Meeedea, Mom and Dad, along with Grandpa Costaaas and Grandma Baaalwen. And like all families, they bicker but the bonds of family are strong and run deep. The Baaas are connected to their relatives and friends around the world, thanks to Grandpa Costaaas who creates ways for his family to stay in touch. All episodes are available in HD.

Monster is very excited to have Baaas join Monster’s catalogue of award-winning animations, including animated series Birdy, Abby Careful, I’m an Animal and I’m a Dinosaur, non-dialogue animations Jungle Beat and Gazoon, Oscar-winning short film Harvie Krumpet and Oscar-nominated Jasper Morello and Give Up Yer Aul Sins.