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Indian deal for Neptuno’s Chicken

Nickelodeon India has bought the cable TV rights to a European and Asian animated coproduction about a crime-fighting bird with kung-fu skills.

Chuck Chicken (26×22’) is a collaboration between Neptuno Films of Barcelona, Hong-Kong-based Agogo International and Animasia, which produces out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The toon, formerly known as Kung-Fu Chicken, targets seven- to 11-year-olds and is the second recent coproduction between Neptuno and Animasia, following 2010’s ABC Monsters (26×22’).

The Indian deal comes after Nickelodeon India, which is available in over 34.2 million households in the country, acquired rights to all 700 episodes of Saban Brands’ children’s live-action series Power Rangers late last year.

Meanwhile, Neptuno’s co-founder and MD Cristina Brandner told C21 her company will enter the Chinese toy market this year. The Spanish firm hopes to launch its Megaminimals brand in China by Christmas, alongside a new line of related merchandise to be produced by China’s Alpha Toys & Animation.

Alpha Toys & Animation is the second Chinese coproducer on the Megaminimals project, joining Agogo on a second series (156×6’) of the toon, which is set in a nursery school for young animals.

The first series of Megaminimals (104×6’) airs on Chello Zone’s Jim Jam (Asia), as well as RaiSat’s children’s channel YoYo (Italy) and Televisió de Catalunya (Spain).

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