Xilam inks three series deal with Germany’s Super RTL

MUMBAI: French studio Xilam Animation has signed three series deals with free-to-air (FTA) German broadcaster Super RTL. The channel has picked up the rights to new upcoming animated series Mr Magoo and Moka, as well as the third season of slapstick comedy Zig & Sharko.

Xilam’s new 2D animation series, Mr Magoo is based on the hugely successful classic cartoon of the same name. Commissioned by France Télévisions, Cartoon Network Asia and K2 in Italy, the fresh take on Mr Magoo targets kids aged 6-10 years and follows the eponymous disaster-prone character who first appeared on screens to delight young audiences nearly 70 years ago. The series is currently in production and will be fully delivered by Spring 2019.

Moka, the comedy project that was pitched at last year’s Cartoon Forum will also join Super RTL’s line-up. The series will be delivered in fall 2019 and centres on a young crocodile prince and his brave rhino sidekick, Cherry, who is constantly trying to save him from trouble.

The popularity of Xilam’s Zig & Sharko continues to accelerate worldwide, particularly in Germany where ratings are especially strong, and also in France where the animation ranked as the second top-rated show among kids 4-14 years in Q1 2018. Super RTL currently airs the first two seasons of the hit animation. This latest instalment in the comedic chronicles of a hungry hyena’s schemes to take a bite out of a mermaid protected by a tough-as-nails shark is in production, with the first two episodes set to be unveiled at MIPJunior 2018.

Xilam Animation EVP global sales development Morgann Favennec, commented, “We’re delighted to be strengthening our long-standing relationship with Super RTL and building upon the fantastic success we’ve experienced together so far. The Super RTL team’s enthusiasm and expertise, coupled with their impressive reach, makes them an ideal broadcast partner and we’re confident audiences in Germany will thoroughly enjoy this new wave of Xilam content.”

Super RTL CEO Claude Schmit said, “The entire team is looking forward to this raft of new content from our long-term partner Xilam. We can’t wait to introduce the new shows to our young audiences across our various platforms!”

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