Mondo TV's "Annie & Carola" heads to Italy after a deal with RAI

Italian public broadcaster buys first 26 episodes of the original new teen series to air it on RAI Ragazzi next year.

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"Annie & Carola"

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Mondo TV Group has announced that "Annie & Carola" (52x11’), its brand-new 2D animated comedy series, has been presold to the leading Italian public children’s broadcaster RAI Ragazzi, part of RAI, Italy’s national broadcasting company. Maria Bonaria Fois, CEO of Mondo TV Studios, says: “This is a show that is relevant to teens, but especially teen girls and the world they live in. We are therefore thrilled to be bringing to the screen two powerful and inspiring characters such as Annie & Carola in a show that is not only highly original and very funny, but it also has a strong storyline and, importantly, the backing of a number of leading broadcasters and producers. This show also has strong potential across multiple media. In fact, our main goal is to build a strong IP with 360-degree development that will allow us to reach our audience through multiple devices, platforms, and media. We’re very happy to have the collaboration of RAI for a show that we are certain will entertain, engage and amuse audiences across Italy.”

Mondo TV S.p.A, which will provide the animation services for the series, has confirmed a pre-sale deal with RAI Ragazzi for the first 26 episodes of the series that follows the adventures and mishaps of two unusual teenagers: shy, super-geek Carola and her outgoing best friend Annie – who is a robot. The 26 episodes are expected to be completed and delivered to RAI by the first half of 2023. Luca Milano, Director Rai Ragazzi, added: “'Annie & Carola' is a brilliant show with strong storytelling and engaging characters. We are confident that it will captivate also those kids and tweens that may tend to move away from animation. We are pleased to introduce Annie and Carola to our public on RAI’s TV channels."

The agreement grants an exclusive license for a period of seven years from the date of completion of the episodes for free TV, pay TV, pay per view, VoD and ancillary rights for the Italian territory. The show, which is a Mondo TV Studios’ project, is now entering its pre-production phase in Tenerife. "Annie & Carola" is a co-production between Mondo TV Studios, MB Producciones, Mondo TV S.p.A and Spanish public broadcaster RTVE. It was created by the legendary writer and producer Myriam Ballesteros.