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HBO picks up content from ZDF Enterprises, GoldBee

MUMBAI: Ahead of Asia TV Forum 2014, ZDF Enterprises and GoldBee have signed a raft of sales from the ZDFE.junior slate of programmes across Asia.

ZDF Enterprises and GoldBee partnered in order to manage and distribute ZDFE.junior’s program catalogue and consumer products in Iberia, Latin America and Asia.

In Singapore, HBO Family Asia acquired pay TV rights for India, South East Asia and China of the first season of ‘Mako Mermaids’ along with the first two seasons of ‘Wolfblood’. Okto acquired free TV rights of animated comedy ‘Rusty Knight’, live action adventure comedy ‘Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures’ and also renewed animated detective series ‘Sherlock Yack Zoo Detective’.

Thailand’s MCot acquired free TV rights of 195 half hours of ZDFE.junior’s teen live action programmes, including ‘H20 – Just Add Water’, ‘Dance Academy’ as well as ‘The Elephant Princess’.

In a further agreement, MediaPrima (Malaysia) picked up the free TV rights for the first two seasons of ‘H20 – Just Add Water’ and Spectrum Films acquired free TV rights for all three seasons along with the three TV movies of the same series for Sri Lanka.

Finally, pre-school favourite and British Animation Awards nominee Q Pootle5 (52×12’), which airs in the UK on CBeebies and has been sold to more than 70 countries worldwide, was acquired for free TV rights in Taiwan by PTS.

GoldBee MD Christophe Goldberger said, “ZDFE.junior has one of the strongest offering of kids programs in the industry, from high quality pre-school properties to animated comedies and adventures for kids, and outstanding teen live action dramas and comedies. It has been a pleasure to contribute to the expansion of these fantastic brands in Asia. During ATF, I will be looking at strengthening our established relationships with broadcasters in the region and find key partners in order to develop our presence on digital platforms.”

ZDFE.junior VP Peter Lang said, ”We are delighted that Christophe Goldberger gives a new impetus to our activities in Iberia, Latin America and Asia thanks to his vast experience and excellent customer contacts.”

Goldberger will bring a number of brand new productions to ATF 2014 in order to further expand the rich offering from the ZDFE.junior catalogue for the region, which includes over 40 series already.

Heading up the list is animated series ‘Marcus Level’. When Marcus gets the latest version of his favourite video game, he suddenly finds himself switching places with video game hero Gorbar the magnificent. It’s obvious that things aren’t going to be easy neither for Marcus, nor for Gorbar in Marcus’ home! The series is a co-production between Mondo TV France, ZDF Enterprises in collaboration with TF1.

Meanwhile, ‘The Skinner Boys’ is a comedy, action, adventure series about 3 brothers and their spirited teenage cousin Tara. They are the guardians of the lost secrets, sworn to protect the world’s most hidden mysteries. As the anonymous guardians of these artefacts, Tara and the boys must dedicate their lives to protecting them against the forces that would use their powers for evil and endanger the planet.