Global deal for short-form CGI series "Athleticus" and exclusive pay-TV deal for animated comedy "Mr Magoo" in the UK.
Xilam Animation has sold its short-form series CGI series "Athleticus" (60x2’15) and animated hit comedy "Mr Magoo" (78x7’) to Nickelodeon.
In a global deal, Nickelodeon takes exclusive pay-TV rights to two seasons of "Athleticus" covering Asia Pacific, EMEA, and Latin America and has also acquired all TV rights for the series in Benelux, Italy, Vietnam, Philippines, and Argentina.
Additionally, Nickelodeon has picked up the exclusive pay-TV rights for Xilam’s hit comedy series "Mr Magoo" (78x7’) in the UK, where the series launches on Nicktoons this week.
“We’re very excited to be building upon our successful partnership with Nickelodeon and to see the broadcaster become home to two further shows from our slate,” said Morgann Favennec, EVP Distribution at Xilam Animation. “With its charming characters and humorous stories, we know families all over the globe are going to love watching 'Athleticus' and following the fantastic response to 'Mr Magoo' in the UK, we’re very much looking forward to bringing the series’ hilarious hijinks to new audiences.”
Targeting family audiences, 'Athleticus' is produced by Xilam’s recently acquired CGI-studio Cube Creative and features wild animals taking part in competitive sports, ranging from table tennis to high bar, bobsleigh to curling. How successful the animals are at each of the sports entirely depends on their personality and anatomies resulting in very comical, and often poetic, results. The series is created and directed by the multi-award winning Nicolas Deveaux.
With its charming characters and humorous stories, we know families all over the globe are going to love watching 'Athleticus' and 'Mr Magoo', we’re very much looking forward to bringing the series’ hilarious hijinks to new audiences” Morgann Favennec EVP Distribution at Xilam Animation