Toons, stock bring rise to company
On the heels of the recent Mipcom TV trade show in Cannes, L.A.-based indie kids distrib DIC has unveiled a bundle of foreign deals for its latest series, “Trollz” and “Strawberry Shortcake.”The company also recently listed its shares on the London Aim exchange. Stock was trading at 249.50 pence ($4.35) on Tuesday, down from its high on Oct. 14 of $4.45. Broadcasters that have just licensed “Trollz” include NRK (Norway), Channel 4 (Finland), Minimax (Poland), TSR (Switzerland), ORF (Austria), EMTV (Germany and Austria), DRS (Switzerland), SABC (South Africa) and Canal J (France). The first season of “Trollz” airs around the world on Nickelodeon (69 territories) and on terrestrial channels such as TF1 (France) and CBBC (U.K.). Total number of foreign licensees is now 93. DIC also negotiated deals for the girls’ property “Strawberry Shortcake,” bringing the reach to 163 territories worldwide, including Junior TV (Germany and Switzerland), Channel 4 (Finland), TV2 (Norway), Alter Channel (Greece), Canal J (France), SIC (Portugal) and Club RTL (Belgium). “Trollz” and “Strawberry Shortcake” sold “extremely well at Mipcom, and our catalog continues to be a consistent draw for broadcasters,” DIC chairman-CEO Andy Heyward said.