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  1. Banijay Kids & Family to Represent Animated Series Charlie and Lola

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    Banijay Kids & Family the global leader in children’s entertainment, behind hit shows such as Totally Spies! and Mr Bean: The Animated Series, today announces it has acquired the rights to preschool animation series Charlie and Lola.

    A Tiger Aspect Kids & Family property, the series has won numerous industry accolades, including multiple Children’s BAFTAs. The iconic series, which combines 2D cut-out style animation and photomontage with a children’s voice cast, is based on the award-winning picture book series by Lauren Child. There have been three seasons to-date, totalling 78×11’ and 2×22’ episodes, which first launched on CBeebies in 2005.

    Delphine Dumont, Chief Commercial Officer, Banijay Kids & Family says: Charlie and Lola is a really strong, evergreen property which continues to attract young global audiences. I am such a huge fan of this series and with our strengthened commercial capabilities across distribution, digital and licensing, we feel there is huge potential for us to amplify the brand internationally.”

    Tiger Aspect Kids & Family (a Banijay Kids & Family company) is a multi-BAFTA-winning production label, which works in live action and animation, from preschool through to family content. It has created iconic series including Mr Bean: The Animated Series, Aliens Love Underpants, Tinga Tinga Tales, Danny & Mick, Corpse Talk, and the recently announced Super Happy Magic Forest.

    Banijay Kids & Family is part of media and entertainment powerhouse, Banijay.

  2. Family Channel and POP Pounce on Shasha & Milo

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    Banijay Kids & Family, the global leader in children’s entertainment, behind hit shows such as Totally Spies! and Mr Bean: The Animated Series, today announces new sales for original comedy-action seriesShasha & Milo.

    Through Banijay Kids & Family’s distribution arm, Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution, POP (UK) and WildBrain’s Family Channel (Canada), have acquired the Zodiak Kids & Family France (part of Banijay Kids & Family) and Pingo Entertainment-produced series.

    The 25 x 22’ episodes and 12 x 2’ shorts are centred around two 12-year-olds, Shasha and Milo, as they juggle everyday life, alongside their secret roles as the Crescent Island Guardians. Combining action and comedy, our protagonists are tasked with protecting the island from villainous cats and their plots to gain ultimate power, whilst navigating their own ability to transform between human, cat, and a formidable hybrid form.

    Delphine Dumont, Chief Commercial Officer, Banijay Kids & Family says: “From its inception, we believed that Shasha & Milo was going to resonate with global audiences, and these latest sales are testament to its universal appeal. With the combined talents of Zodiak Kids & Family France, and Pingo Entertainment, the series incorporates strong storytelling and stunning visuals, for a premium kids show, which evidently, is in high demand.”

    Francesca Newington, Director, POP Channels, says: “The hugely entertaining Shasha & Milo cleverly combines exciting superhero action, feel-good comedy and thrilling storylines. It’s a magic formula which we know our devoted POP viewers are going to love! POP is the UK’s largest commercial children’s channel, where the adventure and laughter never stops, and so we’re thrilled that Shasha & Milo is going to be a brilliant addition to the channel portfolio. We can’t wait to bring this fantastic, fun-filled franchise to UK Free TV screens.”

    Warner Bros. Discovery Latin America, Tencent (China) and EBS (Korea) have previously been confirmed to broadcast the upcoming series.

    Shasha & Milo is a co-production between Zodiak Kids & Family France (a Banijay Kids & Family company) and Pingo Entertainment. Benoît di Sabatino, Gary Milne and Hee Seok Shin are Executive Producers. Seul Gee Yoo is Co-Director and Creative Producer, and Hyeong Min Kim is Co-Director.

    Pingo Entertainment exclusively controls all rights in Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia, Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution controls international distribution rights in the rest of the world.

  3. Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution Acquires Moominvalley

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    Banijay Kids & Family today announces its distribution arm, Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution, will represent all four seasons of the animated family drama series, Moominvalley. Inspired by the much-loved Moomin stories by Tove Jansson, it is produced by Finnish production company Gutsy Animations in collaboration with YLE and Sky and, additionally, Viaplay for the fourth season.

    The Emmy®-nominated series brings the Moomins into 3D with a unique visual style combining high quality CGI and painterly effects. It is a whimsical, coming-of-age story of family and friendship, which explores humanity, relationships and emotions, as the Moomins work together to restore harmony to their titular home. The series also features a high-profile voice cast, including Rosamund Pike, Bel Powley, Warwick Davis, Matt Berry, Akiya Henry, Jennifer Saunders, Will Self, and Julian Barratt.

    Delphine Dumont, Chief Commercial Officer, Banijay Kids & Family says: “Moominvalley is a beautifully crafted animation, with timely themes of the environment, sustainability, and respect for nature, all of which will strongly appeal to our buyers globally. This is such an iconic brand that resonates with audiences of all ages and across borders, and it is a wonderful, complimentary addition to our diverse and exciting portfolio of titles.”

    Katherine Senior, Head of International Sales, Gutsy Animations says: “I am delighted to be working with the great team at Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution to expand our international reach of the award-winning Moominvalley series.  I am certain we will be bringing our animated family drama to many more homes around the world.”

    The award-winning Finnish content creator Marika Makaroff is creative director of Moominvalley. The series director of the first two seasons is the Oscar®-winning Steve Box (The Curse of the Were-Rabbit). Season 3 is directed by the episode directors from previous seasons; Nigel Davies, Sara Barbas (Final Call), Darren Robbie (Doc McStuffins) and Jay Grace (Shaun the Sheep). Season 4 series director is Nigel Davis (Shaun the Sheep Movie). Season 1 is produced by the BAFTA®-winning producer John Woolley (Shaun the Sheep), Season 2 by Louise Holmes (Shaun of the Sheep) and Seasons 3 and 4 by Stephen Dorrance (Happy!). Head writers for the first three seasons are the Emmy®-winning writing duo Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler (Peter Rabbit). Season 4 head writer is Diana Whitley (House of Anubis).

    The 3D animation is made at Anima Vitae – a Finnish animation studio located in Helsinki and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The score music is composed by the acclaimed percussionist Samuli Kosminen, multi-instrumentalist Jarmo Saari and violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

  4. Banijay Kids & Family Expands its Commercial Division

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    Banijay Kids & Family, the global leader in children’s entertainment, behind hit shows such as Totally Spies! and Mr Bean: The Animated Series, today announces the appointment of Roubina Tchoboian as Head of Global Licensing.

    Reporting into Banijay Kids & Family’s Chief Commercial Officer, Delphine Dumont, Tchoboian will be responsible for growing the international licensing portfolio for the division’s brands, which includes animated spy-fi franchise Totally Spies!, upcoming CGI series Shasha & Milo, and iconic preschool brand Topo Gigio.

    Tchoboian joins the company from Cloudco Entertainment (formerly American Greetings) where she was Vice President of International Licensing, responsible for driving international partnerships for brands such as Care Bears and Holly Hobbie. Prior to that she held roles working across the sales teams at Zodiak Rights and BSkyB.

    Delphine Dumont, Chief Commercial Officer, Banijay Kids & Family says: “With a strong track-record in delivering creative and successful global licensing programmes for one of the biggest properties in the world, Roubina is a fantastic addition to the company. As we continue to diversify our commercial activity for our broad IP portfolio, she will be instrumental in driving our growth in this area.”

    Roubina Tchoboian added: “Banijay Kids & Family is home to a raft of premium, world class children’s content, from established hits like Totally Spies! to exciting new IP coming through. With high demand from young audiences to engage with their favourite shows beyond the screen, there is huge potential for our portfolio, as we look to grow and strengthen our ranges of licensed products and experiences.”

    With a diverse catalogue of award-winning content, Banijay Kids & Family partners with leading broadcasters and platforms, producing a broad range of shows for kids and families. Notable credits include Zodiak Kids & Family France’s global franchise Totally Spies! which will be returning to screens with a rebooted series from 2024; the iconic Mr Bean: The Animated Series from Tiger Aspect Kids & Family; and the classic brand Topo Gigio which has been lovingly reimagined by Banijay’s Movimenti Production.

  5. Totally Spies! Springs into Action for Webtoon Series

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    Banijay Kids and Family, part of content powerhouse Banijay, today announces a partnership with Belgian publisher Editions Dupuis, part of Média-Participations, to transform the hit spy-fi animation, Totally Spies!, into a unique webtoon for digital platform ONO.

    An increasingly popular genre of comics, developed for digital smartphone reading, the vertical strips will bring the characters of Totally Spies! to a new medium. The webtoon will be available as a weekly serialisation in French, and available for foreign rights.

    2D-animated franchise Totally Spies!, produced by Zodiak Kids & Family France, is set to return to screens in 2024 with a brand-new series, following its original six-season run between 2001 and 2013. The upcoming series follows the three legendary secret agents, Sam, Clover and Alex, as they move to a new city and take on a fresh crop of villains.

    Annick Bizet, New Business & Strategic Alliances Director, Banijay Kids & Family says: Totally Spies! is a globally-loved show with a strong existing fanbase, and given the excitement for the new series, demand from fans for brand extensions is high. Webtoons offer a new and modern reading format for young audiences, and this project will ensure we continue catering to our audiences and the changing ways in which they consume their entertainment.”

    Stéphane Ferrand, Senior Publishing Director, Editions Dupuis adds: “Strong, leading female characters, action and adventure, humour, fashion, gadgets…Totally Spies! is one of those rare transgenerational licences whose ingredients conceal an ever-relevant modernity. The webtoon is now a favoured medium for reading content among young people around the world and the marriage between this and such a strong IP was inevitable.”

    Delphine Dumont, Chief Commercial Officer, Banijay Kids & Family says: “We are so pleased to announce this very exciting deal which marks the start of our relaunch strategy of this iconic brand, prior to the new series reveal on M6/GULLI (France) and Discovery Kids LatAm in 2024. Lots more to come for our favourite spies!”

    Dupuis is a 100-year-old Belgian publisher behind a number of successful series for children and adults such as Spirou, Lucky Luke, Kid Paddle or Largo Winch, which have become household names amongst European comics readers. The company strives to reinvent itself, driving its expansion into other fields such as animation and digital platforms like ONO.

  6. Banijay Kids & Family Strengthens Commercial Team

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    Banijay Kids and Family today confirms the appointment of Lizzy Gray as Brands and Marketing Director. In the new role, she will be responsible for devising, executing and overseeing the overall global brand and marketing strategy for the business’ standout portfolio of titles.

    Gray joins from eOne where she served as Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, My Little Pony. Her previous roles include global brand management and marketing positions at Mattel, Inc, HIT Entertainment, BBC Studios and The Walt Disney Company, where she worked on global brands including Thomas & Friends, BBC Earth and Dancing with the Stars.

    Reporting into Delphine Dumont, Banijay Kids & Family’s Chief Commercial Officer, Gray will work alongside the production, distribution and commercial teams to supercharge the global performance of the company’s brands.

    Delphine Dumont says: “Lizzy has a proven track record working with major global brands and delivering fully integrated brand and marketing strategies, and we are delighted to have her on board. Her appointment signifies Banijay Kids & Family’s wider ambitions to significantly grow the commercial performance of our enviable catalogue and create a long-term vision for each of our titles.”

    Lizzy Gray added: “Banijay Kids & Family is home to a brilliant array of IP that resonates with worldwide audiences and presents huge growth opportunities. I’m looking forward to working with the whole team to build out global strategies for these brands and see them reach their full potential.”

    Banijay Kids & Family is home to a catalogue of popular, creative, and successful programming across animation and live-action series for kids and families worldwide. Notable titles include Aliens Love Underpants, Corpse Talk, Ivy & Bean, Lolirock, Mister Maker, Mr Bean: The Animated Series, Mumfie, Silverpoint, Street Football, Tear Along the Dotted Line, Ted’s Top Ten, The Unstoppable Yellow Yeti, Topo Gigio, Totally Spies! and When I Was Your Age.

  7. Mumfie Secures a Herd of Sales

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    Banijay Kids and Family today announces a raft of sales for the all-new pre-school animated comedy series Mumfie (78×7’). A co-production between Zodiak Kids and Family France and Italian animation studio Animoka, alongside France Télévisions and Rai (Italy), the series has sold to ITV for ITVBe (UK), Warner Bros. Discovery (for its new preschool brand Cartoonito in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and South Korea), AMC Network International’s JimJam (CEE, MENA & Portugal), SVT (Sweden) and kids channel ejunior, from evision, part of e& life from e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group) (UAE).

    Earlier this month, Mumfie was awarded Best Pre-School TV Series at the 2022 Cartoons on the Bay Pulcinella Awards. Directed by Daniel Dubuis, the adaptation is based on Britt Allcroft’s Magic Adventures of Mumfie. The series has recently launched in France and Italy, and it was previously announced that Mumfie has also secured a pre-sale from KiKA Germany.

    Delphine Dumont, Chief Commercial Officer, Banijay Kids and Family says: “The world of Mumfie is loved and treasured by so many, and it has been joyous to bring the characters to life once more, to delight a whole new generation of children. This raft of international sales is testament to the strength of the brand and the fantastic job the teams at Animoka and Zodiak Kids and Family Francehave done in creating a captivating, warm and uplifting series.”

    Mumfie features the optimistic young elephant Mumfie, alongside his best friends, Pinkey the flying pig and Jelly Bean the colour-changing jellyfish. Meeting an eclectic array of animal friends along the way, the trio embark on a series of adventures. In a world where nothing is quite as it seems, no challenge is too tough for the loveable Mumfie and his friends to overcome.


    Zodiak Kids and Family Distribution own international distribution rights to the series.

    Britt Allcroft’s Mumfie was a classically animated children’s musical series, first shown in the 1990’s. The series was lauded for its gentle storytelling and earned top ratings.

  8. Global Pre-Sales Secured for New Drama Silverpoint

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    Zodiak Kids and Family Distribution, part of Banijay Kids and Family, today announces it has secured a raft of pre-sales for its brand-new drama Silverpoint. Zodiak Kids and Family UK are producing Silverpoint, a 13 x 22’ sci-fi mystery adventure series about four kids at a summer camp set in the middle of nowhere for CBBC and ZDF and it has been pre-sold to Canal+ (France), Hulu (US) and ABC (Australia).

    CBBC are launching the series this coming weekend on their channel (5pm, 6th March) the full series will run in this Sunday afternoon slot for 12 weeks. They are simultaneously launching the whole series on BBC iPlayer. Silverpoint will launch internationally this spring/summer. 

    In the middle of the night at an adventure camp called Silverpoint, four kids stumble upon something buried in the woods… something impossible… something that will send their lives and the world around them spiralling out of control.

    The series is created by Lee Walters, Lead Writer, and Executive Producers, Benoit Di Sabatino and Steven Andrew. The series is produced by Trevor Klein, the lead director is Dan Zeff. 

    Delphine Dumont, Chief Commercial Officer, Banijay Kids and Family said: “Zodiak Kids and Family Distribution is so proud to be representing such a brilliantly gripping show from a very talented, award-winning creative team and to be announcing these partnerships today. We are working on many more deals to be announced soon following a great response from the global market. “

    ZDF Enterprises own distribution rights in Germany and Austria and German speaking rights in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Alto and Adige.  All other distribution will be handled by Zodiak Kids and Family Distribution.

  9. 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.