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Janson captures Flying Animals

Fantasy comedy series Flying Animals was originally produced in Russian

New York-based digital aggregator Janson Media has picked up a pair of social-purpose animated series from UK distributor Media IM.

Janson has acquired the rights to Flying Animals (44×6.30’) and spin-off series Kids & Flying Animals (56×1.45’) in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, India, Australia and New Zealand.

The company’s clients include English-language major broadcasters and home-entertainment companies. It also has direct relationships with companies including Amazon, YouTube, Netflix, iTunes, Twitch, Hulu and Facebook.

Janson Media will join forces with Kip Kaplan, the director of Audioworks Producers Group in New York, to dub both Flying Animals and Kids & Flying Animals into English. Both were originally produced in Russian,

The series have also been dubbed into Portuguese and Mandarin after earlier deals with, respectively, RTP for Portugal and Sino Media in Beijing for mainland China.

Flying Animals is a fantasy comedy series aimed at children aged 6-9. The storylines centre on a country of musical animals who are given wings to reward them for their courage in trying to change their lives for the better.

In Russia, Flying Animals currently airs on seven channels and online services, including children’s nets Carousel and Moolt.

The series was originally developed by the St Petersburg-based animation studio DA, whose community activities include conducting animation-therapy sessions to teach children suffering from cancer how to create cartoons. The idea for Flying Animals was born out of this project.

London-based Media IM teamed up with UK-based charity Hope For Children when it first acquired Flying Animals and continues to donate the distribution profits from the series to the charity’s Your Business, Their Lives initiative.

Media IM is best known for its Sunny Bunnies portfolio, which was acquired by Channel 5’s free-to-air platform Milkshake!, where it launched in January.


Content London 2019
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