The Toonz Media Group based in Technopark here will host its 19th annual Animation Masters Summit on Friday and Saturday (May 4 and 5) at the Park Centre.
Toonz Media Group, Neon Creation and Backbone Ent. inked a co-production deal for a new 3D CG kids’ fantasy-comedy, Chi-Chi, The Apprentice Sorceress (52 x 11’, Kids 4-6). Based on the pop-up book of the same name and due for delivery in mid-2019, the series centers on a cheerful young girl full of curiosity who loves to try spells and potions from her magic book. She and her friends Nino the dragonfly, Mew-Mew the artistic rabbit, Tiggy the squirrel who loves to cook, and postman Charlie the rhinoceros embark on fantastic adventures and learn how to live and grow together. Post-production is to be done by Toonz; pre-production between Neon and Toonz; and animation production between Neon, Toonz and Backbone. The series will be distributed in Korea, Greater China and Thailand by Neon Creation, in Malaysia by Backbone Entertainment, and for the rest of the world by Imira Entertainment, part of Toonz Media Group.
Toonz and Herotainment are taking Smighties to new places, following the mobile-driven brand’s series debut on YouTube.
Toonz Animation India, the international animation production division of Toonz Media Group based in Trivandrum, India, and the Korean producer XrisP Co. Ltd proudly announce the co-production and global distribution deal they have signed for ‘The Story of Bookworm GOGO’, that will become a 104 episode by 5 minutes series.
International media executive Paul Robinson joined as CEO of Imira Entertainment, the top Spanish kids-family content distributor-producer, part of India’s Toonz Media Group. Paul replaces Sergi Reitg, who is leaving after a glorious tenure at the position.
With a large kids experience under his belt, having held senior executive positions at The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal, and the BBC, Robinson will lead Imira forward as it angles to make the next stage of its growth within the global kids and family entertainment industry.
Imira Entertainment has inked a deal with Discovery Networks in the MENA region for the fantastical comedy adventure series Smighties. Discovery picked up the Herotainment and Toonz Media Group co-production for 25 Middle Eastern territories in English and Arabic. The series will air on Discovery’s DKids channel, which is exclusive to beIN and covers territories such as Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
In the run-up to Miami’s Natpe TV trade fair, Imira Entertainment, the top Spanish distributor of kids and family content and part of India’s Toonz Media Group, has unveiled a raft of deals, often inked with SVOD platforms.
Toonz Media Networks has taken up operations and marketing of two YouTube channels.
‘Chotoonz TV Türkçe Çizgi Film’ , the Turkish YouTube channel under the Chotoonz umbrella has crossed 100 K subscribers on YouTube. This channel features slapstick comedy cartoon content for the Turkish audience. Major shows on the channel include “ Ta-ta-ta-taaam” - Turkish version of Rat A Tat , and “Kedi ve Papağancık” – the Turkish version of Cat & Keet. The channel is run from our Trivandrum office, with support from Toonz Turkey office.
Indian animation production company Toonz Media Group has launched its popular channel Chotoonz TV on Roku streaming players and Roku TVs in the United States. Chotoonz TV is one of Toonz’s most popular channels that offers some of the best slapstick comedy for children around the world. Children can watch their favorite Chotoonz series on their televisions whenever they want at no cost. Among Chotoonz TV’s popular shows are Rat-A-Tat, and Cat & Keet.
Following a multi-territorial distribution partnership between Imira and FUN Union, this is the first deal to be signed in Spain. The Catalan public broadcaster will air KikoRiki’s first, second and third seasons through its Super3children network.According to FUN Union more contracts are currently being worked on by Imira Entertainment across the countries covered by the agreement, namely most Portuguese-, Spanish- and Italian-speaking countries.
Singapore-based Reed Exhibitions’ Asia TV Forum (ATF) will commence today with 60 countries taking part. The first day will see sessions based on content, advertising and the evolution of storytelling and digital traditions and innovation Ninety thought leaders will deliver fresh insights in over 24 sessions from 28 November to 1 December 2017, discussing present-day issues such as big data, movement in the over-the-top (OTT) scene, new monetisation strategies, unscripted entertainment formats and kids’ content
Toonz Media Group and Turner International Asia Pacific have further strengthened their association with Turner acquiring Rat-a-Tat Seasons 4 and 5 for the South East Asia region. Turner had previously acquired the first 3 seasons of the popular show. Rat-a-Tat has been one of the Top 10 shows on Cartoon Network in the South East Asia region which includes Philippines, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mongolia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Toonz Media Group has signed an agreement with Huashi Tv, one of the biggest Chinese Entertainment and Media Companies. Huashi Tv has acquired two of the latest titles - Hogie the Globehopper and Season 2 of our own Lucky Fred Series for the territory of China.
Toonz Media Group has signed an agreement with the Chinese VOD Giants, Youku, for multiple titles. This is a first of its kind deal with a major Chinese Digital Platform. The deal will take two titles - Alisa Knows What To Do and Life on the Block to one of the largest online video platform in China.
Spain-based Imira Entertainment is landing in Mexico this week with nine new series on offer to buyers at MIP Cancun (www.mipcancun.com). The kids & family content distributor already boasts a 55-title catalog for Latin America and US Hispanic markets, comprising 1,600 half-hours already dubbed into neutral Spanish, and 50 series (1,200 half-hours) dubbed into Portuguese.
Leading kids & family content distributor Imira Entertainment has closed a 150+ territory Pay TV deal with Viacom Int’l Media Networks’ Nickelodeon across EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific markets for the new non-dialogue slapstick comedy Zelly Go (104 x 1’30”). Produced by Korean studio Dream Factory, the short-form series centers on a group of little jelly-obsessed men and their antics as they struggle to open the world’s only remaining, yet unconquerable, giant jelly capsule.
Imira Entertainment, subsidiary of Toonz Media Group and the top Spanish distributor of kids and family content, has signed with Hong Kong’s FUN Union for distribution in Latin America, the U.S. Hispanic market, Spain, Italy and Portugal of FUN Union’s three animated series IPs:“BabyRiki,” “KikoRiki” and “PinCode.”
Barcelona- and Madrid-based Imira Entertainment, a producer and distributor of premium kids & family entertainment, has announced several major distribution deals and premieres leading up to MIPCOM and MIP Junior.
Today, animation isn’t just about cartoons. India witnessed its first-ever animation movie in colour, The Banyan Deer, in 1957, and the rest as they say, is history. BrandWagon‘s Meghna Sharma profiles some of the Indian production houses that are working relentlessly to keep the industry alive