(Toronto, Ontario) – Nelvana Enterprises announced today that German broadcaster KI.KA has purchased the first 26 episodes of its new animated series, Babar and the Adventures of Badou. The series will launch on the channel in Spring 2011.
The CGI series is an updated version of the classic Babar, and introduces King Babar’s eight-year-old grandson, Badou, and his friends, including Chiku the monkey and Zawadi the zebra, all full of energy and ready for adventure as they explore the exotic world of Celesteville. The show is for kids aged 4-7 and is a Canada-France co-production from Nelvana Studio and TeamTO, in association with The Clifford Ross Company.
The series will premiere on YTV in Canada this November and is set to air on TFI in France, Playhouse Disney Japan, Disney Channel in Italy and Spain, ABC TV in Australia, TV2 in Norway, YLE 2 in Finland, DR TV in Denmark, Thai PBS, SRC for French Canada and M-Net in South Africa, amongst others.
About Nelvana Enterprises:
Nelvana Enterprises is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CFOX, CKOI, 98,5 FM, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) exchange. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
Based in Paris and Valence in France, TeamTO is an independent animation studio focused on producing innovative TV series and feature films. The company has partnered with Nickelodeon, Nelvana, TF1, France Télévisions and Canal+ and has earned numerous awards and nominations, including Emmys® and Cartoons on the Bay Pulcinella awards.
About KI.KA – Kinderkanal ARD/ZDF
Since 1997 KI.KA, the Children's Channel of ARD and ZDF, offers high-quality, target-group-oriented programs free from commercials, for children aged three to thirteen.
KI.KA’s mission as a broadcaster under public law is to provide a large variety of program: series, feature films, magazines, documentaries, news and current affairs, specialties and programming days dedicated to topical issues, in-house productions, live broadcasts, numerous first broadcasts, new productions, as well as classics of children's programs produced by ARD, ZDF, and KI.KA. The audience will find KI.KA’s program Monday through Sunday, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Experience KI.KA on the web at www.kika.de.
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