ZDF Studios and Federation Kids & Family have signed deals with the BBC and various other partners for the magical period Egyptology-themed adventure live action kid’s series "Theodosia." “After our hugely successful collaboration with the BBC colleagues on previous projects such as Wolfblood, Heirs Of The Night, and "The Worst Witch," we are very excited to partner with them on "Theodesia" as well," Katharina Pietzsch, Director Junior, ZDF Studios, who brokered the deal with the BBC, said. "We also welcome broadcaster NPO on board and are convinced that the Dutch children will love the series just as much as we do. Other partners will soon join us for this wonderful magical adventure as we will be finalizing further deals at MIPTV in Cannes.”
"Theodosia" is produced by Cottonwood Media and co-production partners ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, HBO Max and Globo. It was first presented at MIPCOM 2021 and is now rolling out internationally. The series has also been picked up by Salto, France TV, Quebecor, OSN, Dreamia (Biggs Channel) and NPO so far, with further sales being currently negotiated by the sales teams of both partners. The title recently marked its global premiere on HBO Max in the US on March 10, 2022.
"Theodosia" is directed by Matthias Hoene, Alex Jacob and Matt Bloom. Executive Producers are Emmy award-winning Joe Williams, and Leila Smith. The series stars Eloise Little, Nana Agyeman-Bediako, Yasmina El-Abd, and Frankie Minchella. “'Theodosia' charmed buyers from the outset when we presented the first episode during our official launch last Mipcom," Monica Levy, Head of Sales, Federation Kids & Family said. "The cinematic quality as well as engaging storylines, setting, magic, Egyptology and much more not only captivates the target demo, but also has an allure for the whole family. We are delighted to have finalized these contracts with Salto, France TV, OSN, Quebecor and Dreamia.”
The title follows a14-year-old named Theodosia Throckmorton, the daughter of two intrepid Egyptologists, excavating in the Valley of the Kings. When Theo and her younger brother, invention-mad Henry, stumble upon a hidden tomb and a mysterious artefact, the ‘Eye of Horus’, Theo unlocks the power to see and perform true magic, thus discovering a whole new world of mystery as well as danger.