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As the first of the European television markets of 2009, MipTV will set the mood for the coming year. Although not the key European television market of the year, MipTV will set the agenda for the remainder of 2009 on whic

April 6, 2018

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As the first of the European television markets of 2009, MipTV will set the mood for the coming year.

Although not the key European television market of the year, MipTV will set the agenda for the remainder of 2009 on which series are likely to take off for licensing. And the slate is pretty lively with new programming for the international markets, new series for existing hits and a strong showing on children's animation. i1_548.jpg

  • Aardman International is heading to MipTV 2009 with its preschool stop-motion animated property "Timmy Time." Currently in production, the 52x10 series has been pre-bought by CBeebies in the U.K. for debut this year, and it has been picked up by Disney Channels worldwide, including the U.S. Aimed at boys and girls, "Timmy Time" is non-dialogue, but will feature a variety of animal noises, comedy, fun and strong character animation.

  • Beano Productions' "Dennis and Gnasher," 52x11, is a co-production with Red Kite Animation and Sticky Pictures, with Ludorum representing global broadcast, home entertainment, consumer product and new media rights. The series, featuring the iconic characters from the DC Thomson comic "Beano," has been developed for a global audience using writing talent in the U.K., the U.S. and Australia. The series is in production for delivery in autumn 2009 and has been pre-sold to the BBC and 9 Network in Australia.

  • Chorion is showing two new animated series, "Gaspard & Lisa" and "Noddy," with presales already in place for both properties. Chorion recently signed a broadcast and licensing deal for "Gaspard & Lisa" with French broadcaster TF1, which is planning a licensing campaign to include a gift range, apparel, toys and games to sit alongside publishing for launch after the show's TV debut in 2010.

"Noddy" has been presold to Five in the U.K. and France 5. "Noddy" is currently in production and will air on Five's preschool brand Milkshake! this spring and on France 5's les Zouzous in the summer. i2_259.jpg

  • Cookie Jar is unveiling two new properties in Cannes, "Tales From Cryptville" and "The Doodlebops." "Tales From Cryptville" is an adaptation of the classic EC horror comic book series "Tales from the Crypt." Narrated by the Crypt Keeper, this latest incarnation tells the tale of teenager James Frost who stumbles into a mystery.

Kids' band The Doodlebops, with 65 live-action episodes under their belts, are moving into animation in a preschool series based on music, dance and teamwork. The Doodlebops solve problems by hopping on their magical tour bus and journeying to a new destination in each episode. i3_154.jpg

  • Decode Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media, has signed presale deals with the Disney Channel in Asia and Latin America for its preschool puppet series, "Mighty Jungle," 46x11, which is debuting at MipTV alongside live-action "How to be Indie."

Disney Channel Asia has acquired both seasons of "Mighty Jungle," and Disney Channel Latin America has picked up the first episodes of the show, which is produced by Halifax Film and is commissioned by CBC in Canada. i4_113.jpg

"How to be Indie" is a live-action comedy series, told from the point of view of 13-year-old Indie as she balances the traditions of her traditional South Asian family with her Western lifestyle.

  • Echo Bridge Entertainment will debut a cooking series, "Lidia's Italy," 52x30, in which chef Lidia Matticchio takes viewers to her 10 favorite regions in Italy. Matticchio has appeared on PBS in the U.S. for the past eight years in "Lidia's Italian Table," "Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen" and "Lidia's Family Table."

Echo Bridge also will present season eight of teen series "Degrassi: The Next Generation," 22x30, which is set in the fictional Degrassi universe that candidly explores real-life teen issues. Also available, 13 new half-hour episodes of the reality series "Rich Bride Poor Bride" and reality show "At the End of My Leash," 65x30, that follows dog advocate and human life coach Brad Pattison. i5_88.jpg

  • Entertainment Rights is focusing on "Tinga Tinga Tales," "Guess with Jess" and Kung Fu Magoo. Making its debut at market is "Tinga Tinga Tales," an educational show for preschool kids that celebrates traditional storytelling and African folk tales about the origins of animal species. The animated series is being produced by Tiger Aspect productions and is set to air in spring 2010 on CBeebies in the U.K. and Playhouse Disney in the U.S.

Also at MipTV for the first time will be 13 full episodes of "Guess with Jess," the animated preschool series that is set to air on CBeebies in autumn 2009. Jess the Cat and his farmyard friends explore and question the world around them. i6_63.jpg

Following its launch at Mipcom last October, ER will provide a first-look at the feature-length animated film Kung Fu Magoo.

  • In the wake of the Pet Pals series, Gruppo Alcuni creating a 3-D feature-length animated film The Pet Pals and Marco Polo's Code, due for release in December. The film brings together the six Pet Pals in Venice, where they search for the keystone to uncover Marco Polo's Code.

  • Imira Entertainment is debuting "Saari," a co-production with Barcelona-based Stor Fisk and TV3, at this year's MipTV. It already has scored presales to YLE in Finland and the Disney Channels in Spain and Italy, as well as to S4C in Wales. "Saari" is a 39x3 music-based flash-animated show for preschoolers about the adventures of animal friends on an island called Saari.

Other highlights of Imira's slate include "Sandra, the Fairytale Detective," a 52x13 flash-animated series produced in H-D for 4- to 8-year-olds, which already has many broadcasters on board. Co-produced with TVE and DQ Entertainment, Imira has scored presales to TF1 in France; Disney Channels in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and India; and RTP in Portugal.

  • ITV Global is premiering lifestyle shows for the international television market, including game show "The Colour of Money," Marco Pierre White's "Chopping Block," documentary "Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World," cooking reality show "Come Dine with Me" and the remake of 1960s cult classic "The Prisoner."

  • Marathon Media is premiering "The Amazing Spiez," its new boys'-oriented property, which debuts on TF1 in France in March, on Canal J in six months and in Canada on Teletoon in the autumn. Also on the Marathon slate is "Gormiti," for which the second season is set to premiere in Italy this autumn.

  • MTVNI is showing a cross section of programs from across its networks. From Nickelodeon and DreamWorks comes CG-animated comedy series "The Penguins of Madagascar." Set to premiere in the U.S. this month, the show is based on the penguin brothers from Madagascar and Madagascar 2.

"True Jackson VP" is Nickelodeon's new live-action comedy created and produced by Andy Gordon. The show features teenage fashionista True Jackson, played by Keke Palmer, as she gets hired by one of her idols, Max Madigan, and made vice president of his fashion empire.

From MTV, the Laguna Beach reality franchise launches "The City," starring Whitney Port of "The Hills" as she moves from Los Angeles to Manhattan for a job with designer Diane von Furstenberg.

VH1 Classic is presenting the "All Time Top 10" of everything that rocks; and Comedy Central is taking its news skit, "The Daily Show," to the market; CMT's "Crossroads" pairs musicians from different music genres; and BET is presenting the "Iron Ring" format, which mixes young celebrities with sports fighters from jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling.

  • Target Entertainment Group is debuting series three of "Fifi and the Flowertots" and series two of "Roary the Racing Car." The preschool shows were designed and developed by "Bob the Builder" creator Keith Chapman and are produced by Chapman Entertainment.

Target has the international TV rights to "Fifi and the Flowertots," for which 104x10 episodes are now available. The third series of Fifi introduces two new characters, Buttercup and Daisy.

Internationally, it has sold to broadcasters in more than 162 territories, and licensing rights have been concluded with more than 90 licensees.

Series two, 52x10, of "Roary The Racing Car," also introduces new characters, including Breeze, an Australian beach buggy, a gadget car called James and Mr. Carburettor's mother, Mama Mia.

  • The Jim Henson Co. is taking its new CGI-animated series, "Dinosaur Train," to MipTV and is scheduling it to debut in the U.S. on PBS Kids in the autumn. The preschool series, 80x11, embraces the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. "Dinosaur Train" is seen through the eyes of Buddy, a preschool-age tyrannosaurus rex.

The show is co-produced with Singapore animation company Big Communications, with the Singapore Media Development Authority. The U.K. co-producer is Ingenious Media.

  • RDF Kids and Family is taking its new CBeebies' series "Waybuloo" to the Cannes market. The 100x20 series, is a preschool show that focuses on children's emotions and features gentle creatures called Piplings. It uses a mix of animation and live action. The series debuts in May. RDF already has signed Fisher Price as master toy licensee, Egmont as the master publisher and 2Entertain as the U.K. DVD distributor. BBC Magazines also is on board for the property.

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