Kidscreen gets underway in Miami on Monday and C21 will be there, uncovering the latest news and shows you need to know about. Ahead of the market, Nico Franks selects 10 titles to watch out for.
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Title: Will (52×2′)
Producer: Cross River (France) Broadcaster: France Télévisions Distributor: Superights (France) Synopsis: A comedy series about the daily adventures of an energetic and clever nine-year-old boy in a wheelchair.
Status: Superights will be in Miami looking for presales for this series.
Title: Art Ninja
Producer: Dot to Dot Productions (UK) Broadcaster: CBBC (UK)
Distributor: Serious Lunch (UK)
Synopsis: A factual entertainment series in which an energetic host teaches kids how to make art from household items.
Status: Serious Lunch will be seeking buyers for the finished UK programme as well as producers and broadcasters interested in adapting the format locally.
Title: Bottersnikes & Gumbles (52×11′)
Producers: Cheeky Little Media (Australia), Kickstart (Hong Kong), Mighty Nice (Australia), Cake Entertainment (UK)
Broadcasters: CBBC (UK), Seven Network (Australia), Netflix
Distributor: Cake Entertainment
Synopsis: This animated series follows two tribes of fictitious species, one a cantankerous crew of lazy beasts and the other a happy-go-lucky posse of cute-looking creatures, as they struggle to live peacefully with one another.
Status: Production has begun and the series is due for delivery in 2016.
Title: The Moe Show (52×11′) Producer: Pop-Up Workshop (New Zealand)
Broadcaster: Four Kids (New Zealand)
Distributor: Jetpack Distribution (UK)
Synopsis: This series follows the adventures of Moe, a friendly, furry monster who lives with his teddy in their treehouse.
Status: The Moe Show airs in a weekday slot on Four Kids.
Title: G Fighters (26×22′)
Producers: CJ E&M Corporation (South Korea), Electric Circus (South Korea)
Broadcaster: EBS (South Korea)
Distributor: Cyber Group Studios (France)
Synopsis: A CGI action-comedy targeting kids aged six to 10. It is about a 13-year-old who gains superhero powers from a stray cat.
Status: EBS recently premiered the series in South Korea.
Title: Twirlywoos (50×11′)
Producers: Ragdoll Productions (UK), DHX Media (Canada)
Broadcaster: CBeebies (UK)
Distributor: DHX Media
Synopsis: This preschool series from Teletubbies creator Anne Wood mixes stop-frame animation with live-action sequences set in the real world.
Status: This series premieres on CBeebies this Monday.
Title: The Moblees (30×11′)
Producer: Shaftesbury (Canada)
Broadcaster: CBC (Canada)
Synopsis: A live-action preschool series designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and get kids moving.
Status: This series began airing on CBC in December 2014.
Title: Nelly & Nora (52×11′)
Producer: Geronimo Productions (Ireland)
Broadcasters: CBeebies (UK), RTE Jr (Ireland), KiKa (Germany)
Distributor: BBC Worldwide (UK)
Synopsis: This preschool series follows two young sisters who spend their holidays at the family’s mobile home by the sea and features the voice of Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted).
Status: RTE Jr debuted this series at the beginning of February.
Title: Deer Little Forest (52×11′)
Producers: King Rollo Films (UK), Koko Media (UK)
Distributor: Koko Media
Synopsis: This preschool series follows a band of magical and musical woodland friends, including a helpful bear, a philosophical fox and two comical frogs.
Status: Currently in development.
Title: PINY: Pinypon Institute of New York (52×11′)
Producers: Anima Kitchent (Spain), Famosa (Spain)
Distributors: Anima Kitchent, Famosa
Synopsis: This show, aimed at six- to eight-year-olds, follows a girl and her fashionista friends as they learn how to deal with love, friendship, jealousy and – above all else – fashion and design.
Status: Production is due to begin this spring and the producers will be in Miami looking for presales.