Annecy 2020 Edition Canceled
The 2020 edition of Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market, originally set to take place June 15 to 20, has been canceled amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“Over the past few weeks, driven by our passion and our enthusiasm, despite the confinement constraints we were nevertheless hoping to maintain the exceptional edition that we had in store for you,” the organizer announced. “But today, the rationale and the international situation compel us to act with lucidity and responsibility. To show our respect and our deep gratitude to the health care providers, as well as all those who choose solidarity and the public interest.”
Find Me in Paris Picked Up by NHK
Federation Kids & Family has lined up a deal with Japanese public broadcaster NHK for the first season of the hit tween series Find Me in Paris.
Find Me in Paris is scheduled to debut on NHK’s E-TELE channel on April 10. The series is produced by Cottonwood Media with ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, Be-Films and the Opera National de Paris and has been sold into 130 countries and currently broadcasts in over 80 territories worldwide.
Topo Gigio Gets Early Preview on RaiPlay & RaiPlay Yoyo
Ahead of its official fall launch, Topo Gigio, a new 2D comedy-adventure series featuring the famous mouse character, will have an early preview starting April 8 on RaiPlay and RaiPlay Yoyo in Italy.
The 52×11-minute series will officially launch on Rai Yoyo next fall, but the first 13 episodes will premiere this week in an exclusive Easter preview on the Rai multimedia platform RaiPlay and on RaiPlay Yoyo, an app dedicated to the youngest viewers. Each episode features a self-contained story following the daily adventures of Topo Gigio, a mouse that lives in the world of humans.
WildBrain Television Appoints New VP of Channels & Curation
WildBrain Television has tapped Katie Wilson to take on the newly created position of VP of channels and curation.
In her new role, Wilson will be responsible for curating content and providing editorial direction across WildBrain Television’s Family Channel, Family CHRGD, Family Jr. and Télémagino and their multiplatform/VOD extensions. Her remit will include spearheading WildBrain Television’s content acquisition and original production program and working closely with WildBrain’s global content, distribution and brand teams to create engaging entertainment for kids and families worldwide. She’ll report to Deirdre Brennan, executive VP of content partnerships.
Gulli Ramps Up Programming in Africa & Russia
Gulli has boosted the programming on its channels in Africa and Russia in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which sees families spending more time at home.
On Gulli Africa, available in 25 French-speaking African countries and via Canal+ offers, there is a new program grid that includes such preschool shows as Kiva Can Do, Ubongo Kids and Dimitri, and the documentary Siyaya, The Great Adventure. Further, an animated music video has been created to introduce children to relevant safety tips and Trop Bien Chez Toi’s Moussier Tombola and his friends appear in sketches that depict how to get creative with daily life at home.
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