Euro b’casters to fly with pigeon kidvid

Series co-funded largely by Euro pubcasters

LONDON — The European Broadcasting Union has announced plans for its latest kidvid co-production, “The Adventures of Marco and Gina,” an $8.8 million cartoon series aimed at kids 5-10.

The series of 26 half-hour episodes is being co-funded by pubcasters the BBC, France Television, Italy’s RAI, Spain’s TVE, Portugal’s RTP, Switzerland’s SSR, Austria’s ORF, Belgium’s RTBF and Germany’s ZDF, as well as non-pubcaster France Animation, which exec produced alongside Italy’s Lanterna Magica.

Original idea about two pigeons in Venice came from Italian artist Romano Scarpa. RAI has world distribution rights except for the countries of its co-producers. The launch will be handled by RAI Trade at Mip TV on Wednesday.

Geneva-based EBU is the world’s largest professional association of broadcasters, grouping 69 national broadcasters in 58 countries in and around Europe. EBU’s two previous animated children’s co-productions, “The Animals of Farthing Wood” and “Noah’s Island,” both saw three 13-episode series, a success it hopes to match.

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