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Nickelodeon Acquires International Rights To New 'Barbapapa' Series

Update (16/6) - Below is Nickelodeon International's official press release announcing the exciting news:

Nick Jr. Goes International With “Barbapapa”



Annecy, France – June 11, 2018 – Nick Jr. International has acquired the new animated series for legendary shapeshifting family “Barbapapa” for multiple countries across the globe.

The 52×11’ episode order, produced by Normaal, will air in the UK, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines for both pay- and free-TV. Nick Jr. has also licensed the series for pay-TV in France, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India, South Korea and MENA.

Developed by French animation producer and distributor Normaal in partnership with TF1, “Barbapapa” will be written and brought to life by Alice Taylor and Thomas Taylor.

“Nickelodeon has a successful track record of supporting beloved IP and finding new audiences for it around the world,” said Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships for Nickelodeon. “We’re thrilled to partner with Normaal to introduce the long-awaited new Barbapapa series to preschoolers.”

The beloved “Barbapapa” universe began in 1970, emerging from the combined talent of French-American couple Anette Tyson and Talus Taylor. The original series aired in 40+ countries, gaining worldwide fandom. Its success was followed by the production of a second series in 1977, then a third in 1999 by Japanese producer Kodansha.

“Barbapapa” will be distributed by FESTIVAAL distribution and delivered in 2019.

About Nickelodeon International:

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

About NORMAAL:

Founded in 2002 by writer and director Alexis Lavillat, N O R M AA L animation is an independant French company specialized in animation.

The N O R M AA L way is to produce different programs to export to the 4 corners of the 5 continents as Tangerine & COw, Gaston by Franquin, Ella, Oscar & Hoo, Hello World, Barbapapa or Peanuts by Schulz.

Thanks to a team with incredibly N O R M AA L creativity and know-how, N O R M AA L creates all of its shows in its studios in Paris and Angoulême.

15 series, nearly 1500 episodes, and as many original stories and graphics… with more than 120 hours of programming produced so far, N O R M AA L uses all of its talent to figure among the leaders in animation.

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Original article:

Nickelodeon will bring Barbapapa to young viewers around the world after sealing an international deal for the new adaptation of the classic 1970s kids picture-book series for its Nick Jr. channel, Variety reports.


Barbapapa dates back to the 1970s when French-American couple Anette Tyson and Talus Taylor created the property. A subsequent toon series was popular internationally, airing in over 40 countries, including on Nick Jr. Italia (as Barbapapà) and Nickelodeon España. Japanese producer Kodansha the made a second series in 1977 and a third in 1999.

The original series, launched in 1970, featured a family of shapeshifters and went on to air in more than 40 countries around the world with subsequent series launching in 1977 and 1999. Now, the reboot, announced at was announced at Annecy/MIFA 2017, is being produced and developed by French animation company Normaal in partnership with France’s largest commercial broadcaster, TF1 who commissioned it for its Tfou kids service. Written by Alice Taylor and Thomas Taylor, the preschool series will be distributed by FESTIVAAL distribution, and is set to be delivered to broadcasters in 2019.


The blob-shaped Barbapapa family, who can morph into other forms but retain their original colors, will come to life in a 52x11mins 2D series. It will be written and brought to life by Alice Taylor and Thomas Taylor.

Viacom-owned Nickelodeon will bow the show on both pay- and free-TV in the UK, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Nick Jr. has also licensed the show for pay-TV in France, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India, South Korea and MENA.

“Nickelodeon has a successful track record of supporting beloved IP and finding new audiences for it around the world,” said Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President (SVP), global acquisitions and Content Partnerships for Nickelodeon. “We’re thrilled to partner with Normaal to introduce the long-awaited new ‘Barbapapa’ series to preschoolers.”

Nickelodeon recently ordered new seasons of its hit preschool series PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Rusty Rivets and Top Wing. The kidsnet has also refreshed the on-air look and feel of its Nick Jr. preschool block and the Nick Jr. channel. More than 400 deliverables including bumpers, IDs, lower thirds, parent-directed curriculum messages and promo packaging feature real kids playing with Nick Jr.’s preschool characters in both animated and real-world environments.

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Originally published: Monday, June 11, 2018.

Additional source: Wikipedia, Kidscreen, ToonZone Forums /@superkeegan9100.
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