Haruworks in Finland has struck a distribution deal for the show Worst Best Friends with the Banijay Group company Zodiak Kids.
Per the agreement, Zodiak Kids will hold worldwide distribution rights to the completed series and will also secure co-production partners for Worst Best Friends, which is set to be pitched at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse. Haruworks will be looking for both broadcast partners to line up production financing and an animation studio to shoulder production work.
Based on the kids’ novel by Finnish author Miikka Pörsti, Worst Best Friends has a bible and two sample scripts written by South Africa-based Lucy Heavens (Space Chickens in Space). Brink Helsinki has created the series’ visual style. Finnish public broadcaster YLE2 wrote the sponsoring letter to help the project get selected for this year’s Cartoon Forum.
Nick Dorra, Haruworks producer and CEO, said: “We’ve been looking to work with Zodiak Kids on a suitable project for several years. I’m super happy we ended up partnering on this one. Our creative goals match really well, and now we’re set to conquer the market circuit!”
Benoit di Sabatino, Zodiak Kids CEO, added: “We are so pleased to be partnering with Nick and Maija on this great comedy show about friendship, it has been love at first sight and a unanimous decision from the team at Zodiak Kids to join forces.”