Zodiak Kids announces today it has reached an agreement with STUDIOCANAL to take on the distribution rights for aquatic action and adventure series Sammy & Co and will be launching the show at MIPTV and taking brand new series two to the market.
Following the success of feature films A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, and Sammy’s Great Escape, both produced by STUDIOCANAL’s partner nWave animation studio, this 3D CGI animation for pre-schoolers explores an underwater world filled with action and humor. Zodiak Kids has acquired both Series 1 (52 x 11’), and newly commissioned Series 2 also 52 x 11’ for M6.
Brave Ricky and thoughtful Ella are soulmates, who were born on the same day and even on the same beach; just like Ella’s grandfather, Sammy, and the love of his life, Shelly. They all live together in a coral reef village, along with best friends Annabel the octopus and Pipo the flute fish, pretty gang leader Strass and outspoken seahorse, Big Boss. Unable to resist the call of the big blue ocean, they embark on a quest for a shark tooth, launch a daring rescue at a lobster farm and face an attack by a giant squid. Exploring themes of friendship, respect, and nature the adventure-loving turtles face the same challenges as kids on land.
Julia Rowlands, VP of Sales, Acquisitions & Co-Productions said:
“We are delighted to add Sammy & Co to our catalogue of pre-school programming – we think this series has strong international appeal. The show teaches children universal values through an array of humorous characters and action packed adventures in the underwater world.”
Katrina Neylon, EVP Sales and Marketing STUDIOCANAL, said:
“We are thrilled to partner with Zodiak Kids on one of our most iconic family brands. Since we first released Sammy, STUDIOCANAL’s first animated 3D feature film, the franchise has grown considerably and we could not have wished for a better partner to look after our favourite Turtle and his friends.”
Zodiak Kids will be at stand C20.A outside the Palais, at MIPTV