Dargaud buys French tooner Marina

PARIS — European publishing group Dargaud has taken an 80% stake in French television production company Marina Prods.

The move fuels Dargaud’s launch into children’s television programming and will give Marina an influx of cash destined to beef up its slate of animated television series.

Marina is one of the few Gallic production entities to have cracked the U.S. syndie market, thanks to its “Mr. Men” series. Marina has teamed up with American syndicator Summit Media to sell the series to more than 85% of the syndication market for a debut this fall.

Dargaud is a leading European publisher of comic books and recently expanded into television with the animated series “Lucky Luke” and “Corentin.” The company just completed co-producing animated sleuth series “Blake and Mortimer” with Canal Plus production subsid Ellipse.

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