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Turner APAC picks up seasons 6 and 7 of ‘Oggy and the Cockroaches’
MUMBAI: Turner Asia Pacific has acquired two additional seasons of animation content creator Xilam’s comedy series ‘Oggy and the Cockroaches’.
The series in 4K will be delivered from 2017 across Turner’s channels including Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Pogo.
The partnership between Xilam and Turner has seen the slapstick comedy series steadily build its popularity since 2013, when Cartoon Network picked up the fourth season, and become one of the channel’s top-rated series.
Cartoon Network then snapped up the fifth season at the Asian TV Forum last year and is slated to broadcast it in early 2017. It is the first Oggy series to be produced in 4K. With the acquisition of the sixth and seventh seasons, Turner will continue to be the custodians of the brand in Asia Pacific.
In the fifth season, the battle goes on between Oggy and the roaches as they travel back in time through the ages and meet icons such as Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci and the Cyclops, as well as rocketing forward into the year 3000.
Seasons 6 and 7 will comprise a mix of brand-new episodes along with full remakes of classic stories from the first two seasons, all produced in 4K. After almost 20 years of success, this spectacular addition of 234 new episodes, all in 4K, will project the brand in the next 15 years, as it will keep entertaining the kids and their parents with them, said the broadcaster.
Turner Asia Pacific chief content officer Mark Eyers said, “We all know that cockroaches have some serious survival skills, and there’s just something about Oggy and his mischievous friends that continues to connect with kids. By extending the relationship with Xilam, Turner has kept hold of a proven hit to further boost its leadership position in the region.”
Xilam Animation founder and CEO ‘Oggy and the Cockroaches’, Turner , Mark Eyers, Marc du Pontavice said, “Oggy’s worldwide success continues to hit new highs, and we are thrilled to pursue the partnership with Turner and Cartoon Network that helped build and expand Oggy as a phenomenon throughout Asia.”