Italy’s Super! and YLE Finland take on Cottonwood’s Cats
Paris, France –23 March 2017
Premium kids content producer and distributor Federation Kids & Family and sister production company Cottonwood Media announce further sale of The Ollie & Moon Show (52 x 11) to Super! (Italy) and YLE (Finland). The latest deals add another key European market and a first Nordic terrestrial broadcaster to the show’s global network of 150+ countries already on board.
Hot on the heels of a raft of Mipcom acquisitions, the new agreement adds Asia to its continental coverage, while positioning the show in over 160 territories. Previous key sales include a network of A-list of channels, including France Télévisions (France), NBC Sprout (USA), TVO (Canada), Discovery (LatAm), D-Kids (MENA), Knowledge (Canada), VRT (Belgium), and IETV (Israel).
The Ollie & Moon Show is distributed by Cottonwood’s sister company Federation Kids & Family. Their Senior Vice President, Co-Production and Sales, Monica Levy comments “We are delighted to have new channels continually joining our global network of partners. These new acquisitions – in two such diverse territories as Finland and Italy – just go to show that good storytelling and magnetic characters are truly universal. We are so pleased that Ollie & Moon continue to prove this point!”
David Michel, Producer and Co-Founder of Federation Kids & Family and Cottonwood Media, added, “In very little time, we have been fortunate to secure broadcast for The Ollie & Moon Show in well over 150 territories, across a varied array of markets and platforms. This enthusiastic reception of the series, which follows its huge publishing success, lays the groundwork for our long-term licensing strategy.”
Produced by Cottonwood Media, The Ollie & Moon Show features a couple of curious, globe-trotting cats who drag their upper-preschool audience with them on their travels around the world introducing them to the joys of unlikely friendships and global citizenship. Kids join them on their vivid adventures around the world – enjoying the fun that comes from discovering new food, language, cities, customs, and friends. Designed to show kids the world in a funny and engaging way, The Ollie & Moon Show is edutainment at its very best.
Using a unique mix of animation (cats) and live action (backgrounds) The Ollie & Moon Show is based on the best-selling book series created by author and illustrator Diane Kredensor. Kredensor is an Emmy Award-winning artist, director and producer whose credits include Pinky and the Brain, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Word World, among others. The series was developed in collaboration with Kredensor by Robert Vargas (Word World, Wonderpets, Zack & Quack, and Henry Hugglemonster), and David Michel (Totally Spies!, Get Blake and Rekkit Rabbit). Kredensor also serves as creative producer. Delivery is planned for a 2017.
About Cottonwood Media
A subsidiary of Federation Entertainment, Cottonwood Media was created by David Michel, Zoé Carrera & Cécile Lauritano, Cottonwood Media 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. In 2015 Cottonwood Media partnered with Federation Entertainment to form Federation Kids & Family, a global distribution division which distributes original content from both companies as well as third party acquisitions. With offices in Los Angeles and Paris, Cottonwood Media currently has four series and one feature film in development.
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 specialising 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 6-10 year olds, daily teen dramas Paris Opera and Love, Divina, as well as premium third party programming.
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