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ON THE HEELS OF THE SUCCESS OF SEASON TWO
GERMANY’S ARD ACQUIRES NEW EPISODES OF SEASON 1 OF “GERONIMO STILTON” THE ANIMATED SERIES
MIPCOM NEWS RELEASE:
For Immediate Release: Milan, Italy (October 6, 2013)
- (Virtual Press Office
) -- Atlantyca Entertainment (www.atlantyca.com
) and Moonscoop announce the sale of season one of animated children’s series Geronimo Stilton to Germany’s leading broadcaster ARD. The agreement sees ARD picking-up the first season of the animated series along with its regional broadcast stations, to include KIKA. A co-production and distribution partnership with Moonscoop, “Geronimo Stilton” is produced with the participation of Rai Fiction, France Television and M6.
Season two, acquired by ARD last year, was launched on KIKA in November to rave reviews, and broadcasted on “Das Erste”, the national program of ARD in July of this year. Geronimo Stilton, the animated series, is an international ratings hit, with seasons one and two, currently being broadcast in over 100 territories.
Gabriele Holzner and Patricia Vasapollo, Head of TV family, children and lifestyle programmes and Chief Editor Children's Programme at Hessischer Rundfunk said “At the summer party of KiKa there was a special guest named Geronimo which was a great attraction for the young audience. And the quotas for first as well as further distributions have been really good. We all like the fresh humour of the chief mouse Geronimo”
Inspired by the popular book series of the same name, the animated series “Geronimo Stilton,” focuses on the life and adventures of the super famous mouse journalist, and head of the Geronimo Stilton Media Group. The third season will encompass even more friends, old and new, who get involved in new sensational journeys set in a background of distinctive locations.
KiKA is one of Germany’s leading entertainment channels for children maintained by ARD and ZDF. The free, public, non-commercial television channel based in Erfurt, Germany is dedicated to the broadcast of live-action and animated content targeting children and youth ages 3-13.
A trans-media entertainment company, Atlantyca Entertainment maintains Production & Distribution, Licensing, Publishing and Foreign Rights sales divisions. Atlantyca is the co-producer of two completed seasons of “Geronimo Stilton” the animated series, featuring the adventures of the most famous mouse journalist, and is set to produce the third Season of the globally popular animated series whose Seasons 1 and 2 have been sold in more than 100 countries around the world. The animated series saw its first US premiere in September of this year with the release of the first North American Geronimo Stilton DVD entitled: Operation ShuFongFong.
Atlantyca has partnered with Imira Entertainment and Inspidea along with new broadcast and participation partners Rai Fiction (Italy), GD Animation Fund and RTVE (Spain) to commence production on the comedy adventure series “Bat Pat” the spooky animated adventure-comedy that proves the supernatural isn’t always evil – just misunderstood.
The company’s distribution arm represents a growing library of entertainment properties for children which includes: Russia’s #1 animated series “The Fixies” “Dive Olly Dive” (Italy Only), Taka & Maka (from Tik Tak Productions, Technotik and Giant Wheel Animation) for Europe, Malasia, Singapore and Korea. The company maintains and manages the IP rights for Geronimo Stilton brand and all of its franchises.
In 2011, Atlantyca established Atlantyca Dreamfarm to expand its publishing operations, and the digital division Atlantyca LAB. This year, the company launched ATLANTYCA IP AGENCY, to focus specifically on the sales of Atlantyca’s vast catalogue of available children’s publishing properties. Atlantyca IP Agency seeks to develop partnerships with producers and developers interested in acquiring properties which have enormous publishing, broadcast, along with strong licensing and merchandising potential.
Moonscoop is a leading worldwide kids production, distribution, brand management and entertainment company, focused on producing original projects and building brands with international appeal and longevity. With around four new series per year, the Moonscoop group gathers the best actors in the animation industry: Moonscoop (Paris) and Moonscoop LLC (Los Angeles), two world class animation studios: Antefilms Studio (France) and LuxAnimation ( Luxembourg).
Moonscoop Distribution is also heavily invested in launching internationally branded non linear (VOD, SVOD, FVOD, EST) kids offer on New Media platforms (IPTV, Web, Mobile, Connected TV).
Its rights library combines many of the most successful programs and best-loved animated creations in the global television market and includes over 3000 half-hours of programming airing in more than 160 territories worldwide. Key brands include “Code Lyoko”, “Chloe’s Closet”, “Geronimo Stilton”, “Hero 108”, “Tara Duncan” and “Casper’s Scare School” which are licensed in markets around the world. Moonscoop‘s production slate currently includes new series as “Code Lyoko Evolution”, “Sabrina The Teenage Witch”, “Chloe’s Closet, Season II”, “Jungle Book, Season II” and “Ava Riko Teo, Season II”.