150 hours of programs sold to Asia ahead of Asia TV Forum 2015
Ahead of Asia TV Forum 2015, GoldBee announces over 150 hours of programs sold from the ZDFE.junior slate across the region.
Australia’s ABC International acquired pan-Asian Pay TV rights for all three seasons of ‘Dance Academy’ (65×26’, three-time ADG Award winner, three-time AFI Award nominee, Banff Rockie Award nominee, iEmmy Award nominee, Logie Award nominee and two-time winner) while HBO Family Asia picked up PayTV rights for season two of international hit ‘Mako Mermaids’ (26×26’).
ThaiTV3 acquired FreeTV rights of live action adventure comedy ‘Sam Fox -Extreme Adventures’ (26×26’), ‘Wolfblood’ seasons one and two (26×26’), along with ‘Wicked Science’ season one (26×26’). Next Step, Thailand, acquired FreeTV rights for the animation series ‘Rusty Knight’ (52×13’), ‘Shaolin Wuzang’ (26×26’), ‘Tempo Express’ (26×26’) and the first season of ‘The Skinner Boys’ (26×24’). The Free TV rights for both seasons of ‘Elephant Princess’ (52×26’, AACTA Award winner and Logie Award nominee) were secured by Indonesia’s Spectrum Films for Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
In terms of line-up, heading up the list of live action series, is brand new Mako Mermaids (52×26’), the spin-off of international hit series H20 Just Add Water which aired in over 160 territories, and successfully all across Asia, with broadcast partners such as HBO Family Asia, Media Prima (Malaysia), GMA (Philippines), and MCOT (Thailand). Mako Mermaids is now available for all platforms in Asia, with 52 exciting episodes already available, and a third season underway with a new Asian mermaid.
Multiple award winner teen saga Wolfblood (39×26’) now in its third season, and already in production on a fourth season, features Maddy Smith, an almost normal teen living with her parents in a small rural town. But she is a Wolfblood, neither completely wolves nor humans. She will connect with new kid Rhydian, as their secret will lead them to face the most important question: “As we grow up, how do we know who we should be?” – a question only they can answer. A coproduction between Cbbc, ZDF and ZDF Enterprises.
On the animation side, Coconut, The Little Dragon (52×11’) a brand new CGI pre-school series based on best-selling books, is launching at ATF hot on the heels of the recently released animated feature film which sold in over 70 territories. Life is not always easy on Dragon Island – Coconut has flying problems, Oscar is the only vegetarian in his family and Matilda has no say as a porcupine in a dragon’s world. Nevertheless the three friends manage to solve every problem while making new friends along the way. Driven by Coconut’s insatiable curiosity, the trio’s fantastic teamwork brings the most varied families of dragons together, standing up for friendship and tolerance along the way.
Video-game themed Marcus Level (52×13’) launches after a successful debut in the App world. The series borrows from the gameplays that children know so well. When Marcus gets the latest version of his favorite video game, he suddenly finds himself transported inside it, and trades places with his hero Gorbar the Magnificent! The only way for him to get back home is to face every challenge, finish the game and save the princess.
Non-dialogue comedy series Chop Chop Ninja Challenge (40×1.5’), is the first extension of the brand as a TV program. Based on 10 original apps, downloaded over 19 million times worldwide, the program, which already sold in over 100 territories, features our four lively ninjas, Iro, Jo, Tetsuo and Neeko, attempting to complete a challenge in three tries. They leave it all on the floor, yet never succeed the simplest challenge. They learn the hard way that failure is the best teacher!
Goldberger: “We offer strong brands with a fantastic track record worldwide and in Asia, for a wide ranging kids and teens audience. Our high quality award winning programs and ratings drivers have already contributed to the success of many broadcast and digital platforms. During ATF, we will be looking at strengthening our established relationships with broadcasters in the region and find key partners in order to develop our presence on digital platforms.”