Zodiak Kids announces today a UK deal with Channel 5’s Milkshake! for its hit preschool series Floogals. Floogals is based on an original idea from Dan Good and developed by Zodiak Kids Studios with UK special effects studio Jellyfish Pictures. Co-production partners on the brand are Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s preschool network and Nevision.
The first series of 52 x 11’ episodes will be revoiced with an UK cast and premiered earlier this week as part of Channel 5’s newly refreshed pre-school block Milkshake! The series is acquired by Milkshake! as the pre-school block enjoys its most successful year to date with year on year increases across children 4-15 and adults 16-34.*
Jean-Philippe Randsi, CEO Zodiak Kids said “We are delighted to add Channel 5 to the global sales roster of over 150 territories that has already seen international success. Milkshake! will be a great UK home for this British born hit. ”
Sarah Muller, Head of Children’s, Channel 5 said: “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.”
The first series of Floogals was produced in the UK by Zodiak Kids Studios UK – part of the Banijay Group – as a co-production between Zodiak Kids and Nevision; Ceri Barnes is Show-running, Ruth Ducker is Directing alongside Nigel Pickard and Nevision’s James Cabourne as Executive Producers. Jellyfish Pictures is the animation studio.
Floogals is a ground breaking mix of photo real CGI, and live action never seen before in preschool television. Fleeker, Flo and Boomer are pocket-sized alien adventurers on a mission to observe, experience and detail the new and exciting world around them – Planet Earth! Arriving in their spaceship with a bump from the distant planet Floog, the Floogals are on a mission to document everything around them in the peculiar world of “hoomans”. Whilst trying to keep their presence a secret, the innately inquisitive Floogals discover the wonders of our big, exciting and sometimes baffling world as we see it from their tiny perspective – four inches off the ground!
The series is a Sprout original commission and has been a hit on NBCUniversal’s Cable Entertainment’s preschool network since its launch in early 2016.
Zodiak Kids have already licensed Floogals to Piwi+ (Canal +, France), Discovery Kids (Latin America), ABC (Australia), DeA Kids & Cartoonito (Italy), TVO & 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), BBC Alba (Gaelic UK), MBC (Middle East) and Discovery Kids Asia Networks (pan territory deal) amongst others.
Just Play are the master toy partner appointed to the property by Zodiak Kids and products hit retail this Summer in North America ready for Fall 2017.
*BARB, All Homes, Kids 4-15 & Adults 16-34, Channel 5 (stagger) – Milkshake Day part, Jan 2016 – Apr 2017.
**Source: Nielsen, L+SD, SPRT, MS 6a-6a, 4Q16 (9/26/16 – 12/25/16). Note: This excludes movies, specials, and programs with 5 or less telecasts. [new source to come]