Character Licensing Entertainment Licensing 

Continuing success for Masha and the Bear as season three arrives in Italy

Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL), which manages licensing for the Masha and the Bear brand in Italy and Switzerland, has welcomed the arrival of series three of Animaccord’s hit pre-school property on one of the country’s leading kids’ television channels. Season three of Masha and the Bear premiers on Rai YoYo, the free-to-air kids’ TV channel owned by the Italian public broadcasting group RAI, on 7 June. A special edition of the popular Rai Ragazzi show, La Posta di YoYo, which previews the new series of Masha and the Bear, will…

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Character Licensing 

KiKA to co-produce new ‘Smurfs’ television show

KiKa has teamed up with Peyo Productions to co-produce The Smurfs, a new animated television series featuring the iconic blue characters. KiKa will serve as co-producer and German broadcaster of the CGI show, which is aimed at kids between the ages of 5 and 10. France’s TF1 and Belgium’s Ketnet and OUFtivi are also on board as co-pro partners for the series. Véronique Culliford, president and founder of Peyo Productions and I.M.P.S. was quoted as saying, “I’m very happy to once again be able to continue my father’s work by…

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Collaborations TV & Films 

Masha Season 3 comes to KIKA! Ink Media signs agreement

Ink Media has signed a deal that will see season 3 of Masha and the Bear, the hit 3D family animation from Animaccord across Germany on KIKA. The brand-new season will debut on KIKA – a national, free-to-air children’s channel on June 18 at a kids prime-time slot of 6PM and then screen daily at that time, with two episodes back-on-back. “Season 3 of Masha and the Bear is spreading across the world and adding to the huge presence of this phenomenally successful franchise. I’m sure KIKA will do a…

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TV Series Licensing 

Mia and me in the eye of several broadcasters

So much has Mia and me been liked that it has attracted the eyes of broadcasters from all around the world. Like for instance, Germany’s m4e has signed a number of global broadcast deals for this girl-skewing series. The show was acquired by m4e last June, when the company took a 45% stake in the international rights (excluding Italy) to the property. Hahn Film purchased the remaining 5% of Rainbow’s original 50% stake. Studio 100 then purchased a majority stake in m4e in January. The series has also been picked up in the Nordic…

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TV Series Licensing 

DHX Media ties up with ZDF to show Teletubbies in Germany on KiKA channel

After having signed an exclusive deal,with ZDF, DHX Media will launch season one of its new Teletubbies series on the popular kids’ channel KiKA in Germany. The launch will build on the success of the original version of the hit pre-school series that first aired across Germany in 1999. Josh Scherba, EVP distribution and content at DHX Media, said, “Kids are now enjoying the new Teletubbies show in more than 24 territories around the world. “As we continue this global roll out, Germany is a key market, so we are thrilled…

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