DHX Media has inked a deal for the new animated kids’ series Dorg Van Dango with Nickelodeon International.
Under the agreement, Dorg Van Dango will air exclusively on Nickelodeon International’s channels, including in the U.K., Australia, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Spain, Central and Eastern Europe, Poland, Israel, Latin America, Asia (excluding China), India, the Middle East and North Africa. In Canada, the commissioning broadcaster Family Channel will air the series.
Dorg Van Dango follows the adventures of a normal kid named Dorg who meets “The Magicals”— a unicorn, a witch, an alien and a ghost—who he disguises as teenagers to help them blend in with the citizens of his hometown, Normill. The series, which is currently in production at DHX Media’s Vancouver studio, is expected to roll out internationally in 2020. It is a Canada-Ireland co-production from DHX Media and Cartoon Saloon, in association with Family Channel in Canada and RTÉ in Ireland.
Josh Scherba, president of DHX Media, said: “The world of Dorg Van Dango is really hilarious and quirky. What kid wouldn’t want a super-cool unicorn, a curious alien, an ancient witch and an eerie ghost as his secret, new best friends? When these escapees from Area 51 look to ‘normal kid’ Dorg Van Dango for help, things get crazy. Alongside the team at Cartoon Saloon, we’ve created something really fun and special here, and we’re confident Nickelodeon’s international audience is going to love following the adventures of Dorg and his unusual new friends.”
Layla Lewis, senior VP of global acquisitions and partnerships at Nickelodeon, added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with DHX and Cartoon Saloon on Dorg Van Dango. The vibrant, fun, fresh look of the series and unique stories of friendship, are a perfect fit for Nickelodeon and we look forward to introducing Dorg and the Magicals to our audience internationally.”
Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon, commented: “I want to thank the very clever people at Nickelodeon for joining Cartoon Saloon and our wonderful colleagues at DHX Media on this journey to bring Dorg and his friends to an international audience. Our Emmy-winning comedy writer, Nick Murphy, has been leading a team of Irish and Canadian writers to create scripts that have left me crying laughing. Our creative team of Fabian Erlinghauser, from Cartoon Saloon, and Matt Ferguson, from DHX Media, are preparing a show that has a very colorful, original look. Something fresh for a new generation of kids out there. We’re all very excited!”