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
Along with the presentation of projects at the 28th edition of Cartoon Forum, the event will host the ceremony of the 3 Cartoon Tributes, which are professional awards for the most positive and influential broadcaster, investor/distributor and producer of the year. The Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday 14 September, during lunch.
At Toonz, we practice the modern day ‘Gurukula’ system of training. In Sanskrit language, Guru means teacher or master whereas Kula stands for extended family. Here we have our family consisting of experts and professionals from the industry directly interacting with our students.
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’s new mobile game-derived animated series Smighties is set to make its digital debut tomorrow exclusively on YouTube and the YouTube Kids app.Based on New York IP owner Herotainment’s popular online and mobile game of the same name, the 39 x seven-minute comedy/adventure series follows six small but mighty superheroes—Zip, Zap, Nardy, Melody, Leila and Dude—who embrace teamwork, friendship and fun.
Toonz Media Group owned YouTube channel ‘Chotoonz’ reached 1 million subscribers on June 17. Conceived in 2013, Chotoonz had a very humble beginning. An initial team specialised in digital strategy and promotions was put in place in 2015 and by April 2016, the channel had 100K subscribers.
India’s Toonz Media Group has joined forces with L.A.-based mobile entertainment network ReachMe.TV to launch Toonz TV, a new animation-focused kids and family channel distributed via ReachMe.TV’s in-airport and in-hotel networks.
Imira Entertainment has secured distribution deals for kids’ and family content across the globe with partners such as Netflix and Disney.
SVOD giant Netflix has bought a package of children’s programming from Spain’s Imira Entertainment, including shows from South Korean studio SAMG.
The Animation Master’s Summit was conducted on May 5th & 6th in Park Centre, Technopark, Trivandrum. Toonz CEO P. Jayakumar addressed the gathering and welcomed the guests.
June has two important European markets – MIFA Annecy (12th-17th June) and Napte Budapast (19th-22nd June) - and Imira will be attending both, taking its news slate of titles to each market to meet with leading broadcasters, SVOD players and kids networks.
The second day of Animation Masters Summit observed the winners for The Flying Elephant Competition – that had seen 925 entries this from countries all over the world – being announced. Awards were given to the winner, runner-up and second runner-up.
A treasure trunk of knowledge opened at Animation Masters Summit 2017 as the Masters spoke about the burning topics in the media and entertainment industry.
A persistent question that has been troubling the animation industry since its inception is: how to get the money? Whether it is money for production, marketing or salary, it has been an arduous task to get it. Shedding light on this universal plight at Animation Masters Summit 2017, One Animation studio head John McKenna spoke on ‘Why Care About Money? The Film-maker’s Journey’.
At Animation Masters Summit 2017, Bhimsain Khurana was honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the animation industry in India. Toonz Media, CEO, P. Jayakumar felicitated him with a Ponnada (a white scarf with golden border) and a wooden sculpture designed by the venerated sculptor Kanayi Kunjiraman to symbolise “Bhimsain Khurana’s creativity flying across the limitless sky of animation.”
Whether it is advertising for a local product or a national brand, what drives advertisers is passion and challenge. While Shrikumar Menon and Abhijit Avasthi may have completely different ideals, their love for their work led them both to the same thing – success. Success may not always mean money. For them, success is when their work reaches and touches the hearts of all the Indians and the recall of the brand brings fond memories.
These are good times for Indian animation, in both. India and abroad. With the diminishing global and western kids population, Asia, and particularly India. becomes the largest 'kids market' in the world, and holds immense potential for the future.