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December 3, 2020

Toonz Takes a Strategic Approach to 360-Degree Storytelling

Over the last two decades, Toonz Media Group has strategically grown its business to become a true 360-degree media powerhouse specialized in creating top-flight entertainment for kids and families across the world. The company has established itself as one of Asia’s most active animation production studios, with over 10,000 minutes of 2D and CGI kids’ and family content produced each year. Its business lines cover content creation, production, distribution, digital media exploitation, licensing and merchandising, gaming, AR/VR and other emerging technologies and animation academics.


Along the way, Toonz has collaborated with renowned creators and studios around the world. This year, the company teamed up with Keith Chapman of PAW Patrol fame for the interactive preschool series Paddypaws & Pals. American actress Janet Hubert is a partner in the value-oriented show JG & the BC Kids, which inspires kids to embrace differences and is driven by a multicultural team. Also in production at Toonz, Sunny-Side Billy is a colorful and upbeat 2D preschool series about fun and positivity. The creative heads behind the project are celebrated animators Olivier Jean-Marie (Oggy and the Cockroaches) and Jan Van Rijsselberge (Robotboy). Toonz is also partnering with the renowned Russian studio Soyuzmultfilm for the brand-new CGI series Aliens in My Backpack, which comes from Rob Lee and James Driscoll, creators of BAFTA-nominated titles such as The Shoe People. And there’s much more in the works, as P. Jayakumar, CEO of Toonz Media Group, tells World Screen’s Kristin Brzoznowski in this video interview.

In the coming months, for example, Toonz will be launching an exclusive OTT platform for kids’ and family entertainment: MyToonz. The platform will include a vast library of Toonz’s original productions, co-productions and licensed properties. MyToonz is being positioned as a hub where the whole family can come together to enjoy over 1,000 half-hours of movies and episodic content across different genres.

Also coming up, Toonz is launching the e-learning platform Vizdem. It will be a highly agile online education platform that will carry over the legacy of Toonz Academy with a modern, technological approach. The vision of Vizdem is to transform the lives of creative talents and artists across the world by bolstering their skills and making them employable at a time when the techno-creative industry is booming globally. The plan is to launch Vizdem in India in early January and then in other English-speaking territories by the end of 2021.

In this video interview, Jayakumar tells us more about what’s in store for Toonz Media Group as it continues to innovate the ways in which it provides entertainment for kids and families around the globe.

See Toonz Media Group's Winter 2020 Showcase here.

More from Toonz Media Group

Mondo Yan

***Video***(Kids 6-9 comedy adventure, 52x12 min.) An action-packed comedy rollercoaster about three young apprentice misfits chosen by three eccentric elders to protect their peaceful and idyllic world from evil powers.
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Darwin & Newts

***Video***(Kids 4-7 edutainment adventure, 40x11 min.) An adventure buddy comedy for preschoolers that is imbued with the fun of learning, discovering and experimenting with early science and engineering principles.
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Charlie and the Interviewer of Things

***Video***(Kids 4-7 comedy edutainment, 52x11 min.) A fun-filled, informative and gripping chat show for preschoolers that fosters a critical and curious mindset by creating excitement to learn about new things.
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Best Furry Friends

***Video***(Kids 5-11 comedy adventure, 52x11 min.) A uniquely girl-centric “fun-venture” series about super cute, magical friendships and lots and lots of cuddly pets.
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Badanamu Zoo

***Video***(Kids 2-5 edutainment adventure, 52x15 min.) A pathbreaking interactive series developed in partnership with the Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA) in the U.K. in which little learners explore the wonders of the animal world.
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***Video***(Kids 4-7 non-dialogue adventure, 52x10 min.) A CGI and live-action hybrid activity-oriented preschool series focusing on the values of conservation and recycling, along with oodles of DIY fun.
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Sunny-Side Billy

***Video***(Kids 6-9 comedy, 52x11 min.) An upbeat comedy from the makers of Oggy and the Cockroaches and Robotboy that is centered around a witty, happy-go-lucky fried egg and his bunch of friends, who only know to love, care and spread sunshine.
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Paddypaws & Pals

***Video***(Preschool comedy adventure, 52x11 min.) An amusing preschool series created by Keith and Emily Chapman about a bunch of adventurous kitties led by the mischievous Paddypaws, and their loving, responsible young owner, Daisy.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Aliens in My Backpack

***Video***(Kids 4-7 action comedy, 52x11 min.) Award-winning creators Rob Lee and Jim Driscoll come together for this brand-new alien CGI series that packs the punch of an exciting, otherworldly adventure.

Zombie Town

***Video***(Tweens & family horror comedy movie) A spooky adventure comedy from the stable of celebrated horror fiction author R.L. Stine.


Visit Toonz Media Group’s Screening Room

Toonz Media Group Contacts: P. Jayakumar, CEO, Toonz Media Group; Carlos Biern, CEO, Imira Entertainment; Gulshan David, Director, Sales, Imira Entertainment; Viju Thomas, Director, Content Distribution & Syndication, Imira Entertainment; Begoña Esteban, Sales Manager, Imira Entertainment.


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