Paris, France, January 25 2018
Leading European Kids Companies Consolidate Production and Distribution with Multi-Year Deal
Premium kids content distributor Federation Kids & Family, its sister production company Cottonwood Media and leading European kids entertainment company Planeta Junior are delighted to announced a new partnership to develop, distribute and license premium kids and family programs worldwide.
The multi-year deal will see Federation Kids & Family, Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior pool their considerable economic, production, licensing and distribution resources to target, produce and exploit high quality programming worldwide, and across all platforms. Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior will develop and produce new content, while distribution and ancillary rights will be jointly exploited by Federation Kids & Family and Planeta Junior.
David Michel, Managing Director of Federation Kids & Family and President of Cottonwood Media states, “Planeta Junior’s far ranging expertise in licensing, sales and channel partnerships is a perfect complement to our creative and distribution strengths. To succeed in the industry today, it is essential not only to create high-quality programs, but ensure their strategic placement in a constantly evolving tv and licensing market: our partnership with Planeta Junior will make way for this success.”
Ignacio Segura, Managing Director of Planeta Junior, says “We are very excited about the new partnership with Federation Kids & Cottonwood Media, as these two major French production and distribution companies are creating some of the highest quality content for kids all over the world. This deal seals Planeta Junior’s commitment to making France our top territory in Europe in the medium term.”
The powerful alliance kicks off with SQUISH (52 x 13) produced by Cottonwood Media and Gulli (France). SQUISH is a hilarious 2D series for 6-11 year olds featuring the genuinely original world of an amoeba looking to survive life in the cutthroat world of single cell organisms…not to mention school! The series is based on The New York Times best-selling graphic novels by JENNIFER HOLM and Eisner Award-winning creator MATTHEW HOLM. Published by Random House Children’s Books, the books have sold a whopping one million+ books, with new books planned yearly.
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About Cottonwood Media
A subsidiary of Federation Entertainment, Cottonwood Media was created by David Michel, Zoé Carrera & Cécile Lauritano. With offices in Los Angeles and Paris, the company creates, produces and invests in premium, talent-driven content with a focus on bringing together North American and European audiences, on both linear and non-linear platforms. Cottonwood Media’s widely sold shows include: animated preschool hit The Ollie & Moon Show, sold in 150 countries and recipient of the coveted Common Sense Media Seal; premium live action ballet series Find me in Paris, co-produced with ZDF and ZDF Enterprises; and Squish, an animated comedy for 6-11 year olds based on the NYT Best-Selling books by Jennifer and Matthew Holm, among others. Cottonwood Media is the production arm of Federation Kids & Family, the global family distribution division of Federation Entertainment which distributes original content from both companies as well as third party acquisitions.
About Federation Kids & Family
Headed by co-founder David Michel, Federation Kids & Family is a global kids’ content producer and distributor, and a division of Federation Entertainment, a leading global media group specializing in high-end international programming. Federation Kids & Family distributes original content from Federation’s children’s production arm, Cottonwood Media such as animated preschool series The Ollie and Moon Show, animated comedy Squish for 6-11 year olds, daily teen dramas Find me in Paris and Love, Divina, as well as premium third-party programming.
About Planeta Junior
Planeta Junior, a company within the Grupo Planeta / De Agostini group, is one of Europe’s leading companies providing entertainment for pre-school, children and family audiences. It focuses on producing and distributing animated series and the rights derived from these IP’s. The company has offices in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe. In January 2016, PlanetaJunior joined forces with German company m4e in an alliance focused on co-production, distribution and consumer products, to strengthen business in Northern and Central Europe. Since February 2014, the company has also managed TV rights, licensing & merchandising and promotions for DreamWorks Animation. Planeta Junior continues to invest in its own productions, this year featuring series like Gormiti, Pio Rocks!, Beatrix Girls, Mutant Busters, and Maya the Bee among others.
Find out more at www.planeta-junior.com.
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