March 24, 2017
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CANNES: This year’s MIPJunior is slated to take place on October 14 and 15 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Cannes, France.
The two-day event before MIPCOM is usually held at the Martinez Hotel, which will be undergoing extensive renovations. MIPJunior is expected to return to the Martinez in 2018.
BURBANK: The all-new animated series Puppy Dog Pals from comedian Harland Williams is premiering on Disney Channel and the Disney Junior app and YouTube page next month.
The show will make its debut on Disney Channel on April 14 at 10:30 a.m. with two back-to-back episodes. It will also become available the same day on the Disney Junior app and YouTube page. The series follows two fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo and Rolly, whose desire to seek thrills takes them on adventures throughout their neighborhood and around the world. Each episode features two 11-minute stories.
MIAMI: Telemundo has tied up with Atención Atención, a kids’ edutainment company founded by teachers and music therapists, to provide five seasons of Emmy-winning programming, available now via Telemundo on Demand.
This agreement marks the first time that children’s content is being offered on Telemundo’s VOD service. “At Telemundo, we are always looking for new programming offerings with the consumer in mind, and for the first time ever, we now have children’s content available on demand,” said Francisco Rivera, the VP of emerging business at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “We are excited to expand our VOD content and work with the amazing team at Atención Atención to bring this exceptional children’s content to Telemundo on Demand.”
CANNES: From the writing team Man of Action comes Mega Man, a new series in the DHX Media catalog.
Set in Silicon City, the show portrays a slightly futuristic world in which robots and humans live, work and play together in harmony thanks to the efforts of a 10-year-old superhero. “The series is a fresh take on existing IP that already has a strong international fan following,” says Josh Scherba, the company’s executive VP of distribution and content.
CANNES: Co-produced with Herschend Enterprises, Splash and Bubbles is an ocean-themed animated series that is made using The Jim Henson Company’s Emmy-winning Henson Digital Puppetry Studio.
The show, which features lively music with a Motown flair, debuted on PBS Kids in the U.S. last year. Fraggle Rock, meanwhile, stars a cast of puppet creatures who live in an underground world that is filled with caves.
CANNES: Now airing in more than 200 territories, Molang is a best-selling non-dialogue preschool series that is being presented at the market by Millimages.
Licensing and merchandising activity for the brand is spreading “like wildfire,” says Roch Lener, the company’s CEO. “Master toy licensee Tomy will launch its range of products in fall 2017.”
CANNES: Audiences can continue to follow the fairy-tale adventures of Rose Cinderella and her schoolmates in the second season of Regal Academy, on offer from Rainbow.
There is also another season of Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends, a live-action show aimed at the tween audience. “Rainbow is showcasing a raft of new series that will appeal to wider audiences than ever,” says Cristiana Buzzelli, the senior VP of licensing and acquisitions at Rainbow.
CANNES: A beret-clad dog is at the center of the Sixteen South highlight Claude, a 1950s-inspired animated comedy series based on the best-selling books by Alex T. Smith.
“It’s a very colorful community where everything is hand-drawn in only three colors and has big stories starring Claude and his best friend Sir Bobblysock (who’s really a sock),” says Colin Williams, the creative director at Sixteen South. “Claude is a very fancy dog who has loads of grit and tenacity and always believes ‘I can do that’—sometimes to his detriment!”
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