FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS ACQUIRES ANIMATED COMEDY TOONMARTY FOR ITS FRANCE 4 CHANNEL
Barcelona – Paris – Montreal – October 9, 2017 – Animated comedy series ToonMarty (40×11’) has been picked up from Barcelona based GoldBee by pubcaster France Télévisions for its Free to Air channel France 4, with the launch scheduled for early 2018.
Produced by Montreal’s Sardine Productions, ToonMarty, was originally commissioned by Corus Entertainment for its French and English Teletoon networks and premiered on both in Canada last May (2017).
The agreement follows the recent announcement of the sale of the series to CITV (UK) and the successful launch of ToonMarty on Nickelodeon International.
Christophe Goldberger, GoldBee’s Managing Director: “We are thrilled to have such a great partner as France Télévisions on board. It shows again that great comedies are universal. This is a fantastic platform for ToonMarty, which keeps reaching more kids around the world”.
Claire Heinrich, Head of Acquisitions, Children & Youth Department – France Télévisions: « We were impressed with the extravagant and fun storytelling of the series, and the hilarious situations created by the cartoonesque adventures of Marty. We will give him a place of honour amongst the iconic heroes which make up France 4’s undeniable success. »
Ghislain Cyr, President at Sardine Productions, and Executive Producer of ToonMarty: “We feel privileged to count France Télévisions as a major Free to Air European partner. Behind ToonMarty, there is a talented and experienced creative team who worked very hard under the direction of Sean Scott, and Executive Script Editors Dan Williams and Lienne Sawatski.”
In the middle of Toonville, where all cartoons live, sits the Toonmart, where all cartoons hang out. As the Number One (read “only”) employee there, busy body Marty believes his job is to stick his nose in everyone else’s business… and there’s no business Marty likes better than somebody else’s business, except maybe show business! With every bend, bounce, flip and spin, Marty makes a great big cartoony adventure out of everything, and includes everyone in his Marty-Party!
The series was developed jointly with an interactive on-line game “Marty’s Special Delivery” where kids get to serve eccentric Toonville customers with classic Marty flair. As always, Marty’s penchant for exaggeration means that nothing is simple or small. Serving customers is a cartoony and wacky experience! Players get to play with their favourite characters from the TV show and uncover their special talents to create the Marty-est, craziest, wackiest chain reactions.
The property is supported by The Bell Fund, The Canadian Media Fund, the CPTC, The Shaw Rocket Fund and the SODEC.