Clan TV in Spain has acquired the first two seasons of the preschool hit Masha and the Bear.
The deal with Clan TV expands Masha and the Bear’s broadcast presence to nearly every country across the globe. INK Group represents Masha and the Bear across Europe and MENA, and the company recently secured broadcast deals with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation for season two, PTS for free TV, MOMO TV for season two in Taiwan and ANTV for season three for Indonesia.
In Italy, both De Agostini and RAI snapped up season three and the spin-off Masha’s Spooky Stories. In France, CANAL+ and France TV took Masha’s Spooky Stories and season three of Masha and the Bear, respectively. Meanwhile, in Poland, Puls TV is on board for Masha’s Spooky Stories.
“Clan TV is the best broadcaster we could have in Spain for Masha so we are delighted to team up with them and we are sure this will boost the whole licensing program,” said Jordi Rey, the CEO of Biplano Licensing, the sub-agent of INK Group for licensing in Iberia and France.
Vladimir Gorbulya, the head of licensing at Animaccord, commented, “It is a privilege to start our collaboration with the leading kids’ channel in Spain. We are confident that this will be a successful partnership. Many thanks to everyone who participated to make this happen.”
INK Group’s managing partner, Claus Tømming, added, “The success Masha and the Bear has enjoyed in just a few years is nothing short of phenomenal. It’s gone from screening solely in Russia to become one of the world’s hottest kids’ shows, which is testament to the extraordinary strength and quality of scripts, animation and production.”