According to Foothill Entertainment (Santa Barbera, CA) and TeamWorks (Milano, Italy), the series' first season will return to daily broadcast in July and August in advance of the London Games.
Series creator and famed local athlete Andrea Luchetta, who co-stars in the cartoon as the coach of six mix-matched teens who must compete for a local volleyball title, will also be brought on board to serve as on-air commentator during the Olympics.
Spike Team is a production Graphilm Animation & Graphics (Rome, Italy) and television production group RAI Fiction (Italy). TeamWorks, a licensing group, announced various consumer product agreements for the brand this past winter [past A.I. news: "Italy Animation Licensing News" (12/2011)].
The Wakfu franchise itself is vast, but the action animation expertly crystallizes one boy's search for family and self amid globetrotting adventure. Wakfu earned a spot on BOING (Spain) last month, with the second season launch targeting October 2012; BOING (Italy) will broadcast the first season this September and the second season in March 2013; Cartoon Network (France) has picked up the series' first season for January 2013, and the second season for sometime in 2014.
"We couldn't pass up the opportunity of the Wakfu series, which is such a successful phenomenon and a hit amongst viewers in France. The partnership between this series, which pushes transmedia to its limits, and Cartoon Network, which thrives on innovation and originality, seemed totally natural," Pierre Branco, Deputy General Manager, TBS France, commented on the acquisition. "We're confident that our viewers will love this series, which revives the fantasy genre with surprising, exciting stories and characters as heroic as they are humorous."
FremantleMedia Enterprises (London, England), which manages the boys' adventure series Monsuno, has obtained a number of new broadcast partners for the monster-battle animation. FremantleMedia manages the series' international distribution and ancillary rights, which to date also includes the Nicktoons network, which debuted Monsuno in February 2012 [recent A.I. news: "Nicktoons Readies New Animation" (02/2012)]. Monsuno is now also slated to air on CITV (UK), K2 (Italy), YTV (Canada), Spacetoon (Middle East), RTVE's Clan (Spain), Nine Network's GO! (Australia), and most recently, TV Tokyo (Japan) this coming autumn. Monsuno is about a group of kid heroes whose destiny to save the world is intertwined with fantastical creatures of enormous size and power. The series is a co-production of Dentsu Entertainment (U.S.), Dentsu Tec (Japan), FremantleMedia Enterprises (UK), and JAKKS Pacific (U.S.).
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Also in the realm of preschool programs featuring piglets, Peppa Pig, guided to new territories by way of eOne Family (London, England), has been acquired by Disney Junior for Spain and Italy. The animated series already has audiences' attention with broadcasts on RTVE (Spain) and RAI (Italy), but the new additions certainly won't hurt. Merchandise plans for Spain and Italy are likewise charging up this year and next for everything from apparel and publishing agreements to home video distribution.
Recent TV Animation Sales News:
"TV Animation Sales: Late Spring 2012" at AnimationInsider.net (06/2012)
[Care Bears] [Wild Kratts] [Sandra: the Fairytale Detective]
"Sales News: Early Spring 2012" at AnimationInsider.net (05/2012)
[Jelly Jamm] [Tilly and Friends] [Lucky Fred]
"Sales News: End of Winter 2012" at AnimationInsider.net (03/2012)
[Vivi] [Stella and Sam] [The Little Prince]