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CN APAC snaps up rights to the new season of Oggy and the Cockroaches

MUMBAI: In Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network has cemented its ongoing relationship with French production company Xilam by snapping up the new series of one of the hottest properties in slapstick animation, ‘Oggy and the Cockroaches’.

Slated for a 2017 premiere, Oggy and the Cockroaches Season 5 (78×7’) will be available in Ultra HD. Since it first aired in 1998, the show – soon to boast a library of more than 115 half-hours – has been seen by an estimated 600 million households in 150 countries.

This acquisition follows the co-production agreement between Cartoon Network and Xilam for 2012’s Season 4, which is currently airing exclusively on the network.

“Over the past few years, Cartoon Network has become known as the ‘Home of new Oggy’ and with Season 5 now secured, I’m happy to announce that this is set to continue for a long time to come,” said Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific chief content officer Mark Eyers.

“Oggy has a winning formula that has made it hugely popular with kids in this region. Alongside our other original series, this blue cat bolsters an enviable line-up of animated comedy.”

The award-winning series tracks the prankish misadventures and confrontations between a chubby cat named Oggy and three pesky cockroaches, Joey, Dee Dee and Marky.

Xilam founder and CEO Marc Du Pontavice added, “Oggy’s worldwide success continues to hit new highs and we are thrilled to announce that Cartoon Network is committed to being the show’s broadcaster of this brand new season in Asia Pacific.”

Over four action-packed seasons and almost 20 years and 300 episodes, Oggy has relentlessly battled his nemeses. In season 5, this cat and those pesky bugs are going to present a different facet of their enduring rivalry by featuring Oggy through the ages. The battle against the roaches continues but this time they’re in period dress. It’s an unlikely collision between history and slapstick.