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  1. Banijay Rights Assembles Landmark China Deal For LEGO® Masters

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    Banijay Rights today announces a new adaptation for competition reality format LEGO Masters, with China the latest country onboard.

     

    Chinese production company Long Qing Media has been commissioned to produce a first run of the show for Shenzhen TV, in a deal brokered by Huo Yuan Media (The Content Connected).

     

    Production is currently underway for the hit entertainment format, which sees pairs compete against each other to wow judges with awesome inspiring designs and brick builds.

     

    LEGO Masters is a firm hit globally, with this commission following recent orders from TVNZ 2 in New Zealand, Atresmedia in Spain and TV 2 in Norway.

     

    Successful productions broadcasting so far this year include the US, which is currently on air, and proving a major success for FOX as the #1 show among younger viewers (P18-34) and teens, and its second-most streamed entertainment series. The series three finale of LEGO Masters Australia in April dominated the ratings, broadcasting as the number one show of the day in all key demos. The format also had a spectacular debut run in Denmark in April, pulling in a 50.6% share for 15–34-year-olds across the season.

     

    Originally created by Tuesday’s Child Television and the LEGO Group, Banijay globally distributes the format and finished tape for the show.

     

    Simon Cox, SVP Acquisitions, Banijay Rights, said: Taking proven hit LEGO Masters to a market like China marks a milestone moment for this incredibly warm, creative and joyful competition show that continues to build global momentum. We know this program will resonate strongly with a Chinese audience and we’re incredibly excited to work with our partners Shenzhen TV, Long Qing Media, Huo Yuan Media and the LEGO Group to make this happen.”

     

    Tony Zhang, Executive Producer, Vice President, Long Qing Media, said: We are thrilled to produce this show. The LEGO Brand has a huge fan base in the Chinese market and all our teams are big LEGO fans. We want to bring this creativity, enthusiasm, and positive spirit experiences together to audiences.”

     

    William Tan, Senior Adviser, Huo Yuan Media (The Content Connected), added: “Our goal is to further bridge content between the Chinese and global markets. We found LEGO Masters, a global hit with all the right touch points to succeed in China.  Connecting the right content with the right partner in China is what we do best.”

     

    Jill Wilfert, Head of Global Entertainment, The LEGO Group, added:We are thrilled to be bringing LEGO Masters to China, along with our partners at Banijay Rights. We hope that families and fans in China will be inspired by the unlimited creativity and endless possibilities of the LEGO brick.”

    LEGO Masters has now been adapted for 15 international broadcasters across Europe, the US, Australia and Asia, with the reinvention of the iconic toy into a reality competition series providing upbeat, inclusive viewing.

  2. Kody Kapow Keeps on Kicking for Zodiak Kids

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    Banijay Group’s Zodiak Kids today announces further global sales for its animated pre-school show, Kody Kapow.

     

    Produced by Zodiak Kids Studios, Kody Kapow has been picked up in Europe by French media group, Lagardere, for its multi-territory dedicated kids’ channel, Tiji. Other European sales include: Sony Pictures Television, which has acquired the UK rights for free-to-air channel, POP TV Kids; Turner, which has acquired the rights in Italy for its free-to-air channel, Cartoonito; MTVA in Hungary; VTM (Medialaan) in Belgium, and Dreamia Servicos de Televisao for Canal Panda Portugal.

     

    Further afield, a deal struck with Fox sees Kody Kapow go to Nat Geo Kids in Latin America, National Geographic Partners’ multiplatform entertainment destination; DHX Television in Canada; and HDTV in Russia. Across Asia, the show has been picked up by  Viet Content JSC in Vietnam; CJ ENM’s English Gem in South Korea; Mediacorp and Viu OTT Video Service in Singapore; and Mango TV in China. Additionally, there has been pickup by MBC Middle East and Israeli channel, Hop.

     

    The 52 x 11’ pre-school series commissioned for the NBCUniversal cable network, Universal Kids, launched as a top-performer with kids 2-5 on the channel in summer 2017.

     

    Previous sales announcements include: Discovery for its children’s channel, DKids (Middle East and North Africa), SVT (Sweden), DeAgostini for DeAJunior (Italy), Super3 (Spain) and AMC Networks International Iberia for its Spanish channel, Canal Panda, amongst others.

     

    Kody Kapow is about an aspiring martial arts-style superhero named Kody who spends the summer with his extended family in a small village in China.  His grandfather, a martial arts master, teaches Kody ancient lessons of mindfulness, patience and perseverance, which Kody employs as he and his super-spy cousin, Mei, set off on adventures in the village together with their tiger friend Goji, voiced by Jason Alexander in the U.S.

     

    Zodiak Kids owns all international distribution rights to Kody Kapow.

  3. Zodiak Kids Agrees Youku Package Deal

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    Banijay Group’s Zodiak Kids has secured a package deal for over 250 episodes of its content with Chinese Video-Streaming Service, Youku. Youku, which is a division of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has more than 500 million monthly active users, with 800 million daily video views.

    The Youku package includes Zodiak Kids Studios brand new production Lilybuds 52 x 11’, which launched on Sony’s Tiny Pop channel in the UK last month; Tee and Mo (50 x 7’) the CBeebies hit from Plug-in Media; Magiki the 52 x 11’ series based on the best-selling figurines range by DeAgostini; and Sammy & Co series 1 and 2 (104 x 11’) the aquatic animated adventure series.

    The Lilybuds are tiny, magical gardeners who live under our noses, undetected, in an urban oasis called Garden Park. This friendly community of eight works tirelessly and passionately to create lush, colourful landscapes in every season, under extraordinary circumstances.

     

    Magiki is a fantasy land of ditzy fairies and sassy mermaids where Princess Billie explores real world issues of fairness, sibling rivalry and self-confidence.

     

    Tee and Mo follows the adventures of a fun-loving three-year-old monkey, Tee, and first-time super-mum, Mo, as they navigate the swings and roundabouts of their life together, learning what it takes to be a son and mum.

     

    Sammy & Co explores themes of friendship, respect, and nature, the adventure-loving turtles face the same challenges as children on land.

     

    Dephine Dumont, Senior Vice President of Sales, Acquisitions & Co-Production comments: “With a wide and diverse audience, Youku acts as the perfect partner for us in bringing Zodiak Kids’ content to Chinese audiences. As one of the top streaming services in China, the platform serves as a great home to Lilybuds, Magiki, Tee and Mo and Sammy & Co and we look forward to exploring other opportunities with the business in the future.”

     

    For more information and to screen the properties please visit www.zodiakkids.com.