Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UK: Channel 5’s Milkshake! Acquires Rights To "Floogals"

Banijay Group’s Zodiak Kids has inked a U.K. deal with Channel 5’s Milkshake! for the popular preschool series Floogals, a brand-new preschool series based on the original idea by Dan Good!


The first series (freshman season) of Floogals has been revoiced with a U.K. cast and debuted earlier this week as part of Channel 5’s refreshed Milkshake! programming block. The show, which combines CGI and live action, follows the adventures of Fleeker, Flo and Boomer, a group of pocket-sized, inquisitive alien adventurers who head to Earth on a mission of discovery and learning. It was developed by Zodiak Kids Studios with Jellyfish Pictures. Co-production partners include Sprout and the NBCUniversal-owned Nevision.

Zodiak Kids CEO Jean-Philippe Randisi remarked: “We are delighted to add Channel 5 to the global sales roster of over 150 territories that have already seen international success. Milkshake! will be a great U.K. home for this British-born hit.”

Sarah Muller, the head of children’s at Channel 5, noted: “I am so happy to be bringing this home-grown series to the Milkshake! audience. Floogals is a sophisticated piece of British storytelling that will bring a fantastic and funny world alive for our young audience.”

Nigel Pickard, executive producer of Floogals and director at Nevision, added: “We look forward to working with the Channel 5 team to create the British version of Floogals that will entertain and inform the British audience.”

Although the series is homegrown in the UK, only a Gaelic version had previously aired in the UK on BBC Alba.

The 52 x 11-minute series made its television debut across the pond in the USA on preschool network Sprout last year.

To date, the series has been sold in more than 150 territories to broadcasters including Piwi+ (Canal +, France), Discovery Kids (Latin America), ABC (Australia), DeA Kids and Cartoonito (Italy), TVO and Knowledge Network (Canada), Hop! Channel (Israel), Spectrum Film (Indonesia), YLE (Finland), Canal Panda (Portugal), Thai PBS Kids, Radio Television (Hong Kong), MediaCorp (Singapore), WeKids (China), MBC (Middle East) and Discovery Kids Asia Networks (pan territory deal).

On the licensing side, the IP’s master toy partner—Florida-based toyco Just Play—is set to launch products in the US this summer and across North America this fall.

About Milkshake!

Channel 5’s Milkshake is home to some of the world’s favourite preschool characters. There is a range of stimulating and engaging programmes that include strong story led animation, genuine documentaries for pre-schoolers and presenter led high quality musical entertainment. 2016 saw Milkshake! achieve its strongest year to date amongst Children, 4-9s, HWKs and HWKs 0-3. Milkshake! was the number one breakfast destination (6-9am) for Children and 4-9s in 2016. Channel 5 broadcasts 24 hours of children's programmes every week. Milkshake is on air from 0600 - 0915 every weekday and 0600 - 10.00 on Saturday and Sunday. For further information visit www.milkshake.tv

About Channel 5

Channel 5 launched as Britain's fifth public service channel in March 1997 and has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks since September 2014. Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA and Spike reach 4 in 5 of the UK viewing public each month with a broad mix of popular content for all the family across entertainment, documentaries, sport, drama from the UK and US, films, reality, comedy, children’s and news. My5 is a new service allowing viewers to watch content online for free from Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, and Spike.

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Sources: TVKIDS, Licensing.biz, Kidscreen.
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