Banijay Group’s Zodiak Kids has acquired four new titles for MIPCOM: Super Agent Jon Le Bon!, Babyatrice, Cry Babies Magic Tears and Percy’s Tiger Tales.
Zodiak Kids has taken the rights to all four seasons of Cry Babies Magic Tears, aimed at the upper-preschool audience. The show centers around little babies with big personalities as they explore an imaginative world where tears are magical and carry special powers.
Seasons one (12×3 min.) and two (26×5 min.) are available now, with the third season (36×5 min.) coming late next year and a fourth (26×5 min.) for 2022, produced by IMC Toys for YouTube. Cry Babies Magic Tears has already enjoyed ratings success internationally, becoming a top-six program on My TF1 (France), the second highest-rating kids series on Ketchup TV (the U.K.), the second most-viewed program in the time slot on Disney Channel Spain and the third most-viewed program on Frisbee in Italy.
Based on popular comic books, Super Agent Jon Le Bon! is a series of animated shorts produced by Happy Camper Media for CBC Kids, Radio-Canada and Groupe Média TFO. Each episode sees Super Agent Jon Le Bon embark on a crazy adventure with his agency to save the world in 90 seconds.
Family-friendly Babyatrice is also making its debut at MIPCOM, produced by C’est même pas drôle (Echo Media and Melomanie) for Radio-Canada, from the creator of Un Gars et Une Fille. A third season has already been commissioned for 2020. Babyatrice follows the contemplations of the very outspoken titular 4-year-old girl.
Zodiak Kids has also acquired the preschool series Percy’s Tiger Tales, an animated series produced by Fabrique d’Images and Skyline Animation. Four additional 26-minute specials are currently in production. When Percy and his friends put on a disguise and get into character, anything suddenly becomes possible: inhibitions disappear, and every problem gets a miracle answer. With a bit of imagination and a lot of mutual help, they can overcome any difficulty.
Delphine Dumont, senior VP of sales, acquisitions and co-productions at Zodiak Kids, commented: “The new titles are such a great addition to our slate for MIPCOM. We have two proven successes from Canada: Super Agent Jon Le Bon! which is a super fun-filled action comedy for a 6-plus audience and the hilarious and irreverent comedy Babyatrice for an older audience. Cry Babies boasts great production quality and with huge linear appeal, highlighting the transferability of YouTube shows. As for Percy’s Tiger Tales, it is a beautiful series both graphically and through its values inspiring kids to overcome their difficulties through play.”