Mermicorno: Starfall Scores New Platform & Licensing Partners


Thunderbird Entertainment and tokidoki have signed on new platform partners for Mermicorno: Starfall in the U.K., Canada, Latin America and Southeast Asia, as well as a new licensing agent.

The series, coming to Max in the U.S. in 2025, has been picked up by Warner Bros. Discovery for Cartoon Network in Southeast Asia and Latin America, where it will also stream on Max. It will stream on Max in the Caribbean as well. Additionally, the U.K.’s Narrative Entertainment acquired the series for POP in the U.K., and Canada’s Corus Entertainment licensed it for Treehouse, STACKTV and TELETOON+.

Also in Canada, Thunderbird Brands has named Nelvana as the series’ Canadian licensing agent, covering all major categories outside of toys and publishing.

Mermicorno: Starfall is inspired by tokidoki’s Mermicorno characer family that launched in 2016. The 26×22-minute series takes place in a magical undersea world, where a team of unicorn-mermaids join together to save the ocean from an evil threat. Throughout their mission, they learn about creative self-expression and new depths of friendship.

The series is being produced by Atomic Cartoons’ Ottawa studio. Thunderbird Brands and tokidoki are co-managing the consumer products program for the IP.

“From the outset, we’ve known Mermicorno: Starfall is special and unique to the market, based on the fans of tokidoki’s Mermicorno characters,” said Richard Goldsmith, president of global distribution and consumer products at Thunderbird. “And as we continue to attract more top-tier platforms and partners like Nelvana Enterprises, it reconfirms the huge opportunity that we have with our awesome new animated series and multiyear plans for more content and consumer products.”

“We have dreamed of this for many years and cannot wait to see our Mermicorno come to life in animation,” said Pooneh Mohajer, tokidoki’s CEO and co-founder. “Nelvana has an impressive consumer products team. They are the perfect licensing partners for Canada!”

Simone Legno, tokidoki’s chief creative officer and co-founder, commented, “Growing up, I was always impressed with animation of any kind: Western cartoons and Japanese anime touched my heart and imagination. When I draw new characters, I envision them already moving and interacting with their own voice. I’m thrilled to share a piece of my inner world through animation.”

“tokidoki already has a very strong fan base here in Canada, including the team at Nelvana, which makes this partnership even more exciting,” added Mellany Welsh, VP and head of Nelvana and Kids Can Press. “We couldn’t be happier to partner with Thunderbird on the first tokidoki brand extension. Mermicorno has all the right elements for success—from tokidoki’s iconic style and Thunderbird and Atomic’s character-driven series, to Nelvana’s retail and licensing expertise in Canada. The merchandise program is sure to resonate with Canadian kids.”