nWave, StudioCanal co-develop Nexus Factory skein
French animation producer Jeremy Zag is teaming with Belgium’s Nexus Factory to bring 3D toon franchise “Sammy’s Adventure” to the smallscreen.
The toon series will be co-produced by Ben Stassen’s nWave and Euro mini-major StudioCanal, which co-produced, distributed and repped Stassen’s animated feature “Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage” and its second instalment, “A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventure.”
StudioCanal has an equity stake in nWave.
The Euros 8 million ($11.5 million) series, comprising 52 13-minute episodes, expands on the eco adventure toon pics’ storyline and follows the sea turtle Sammy’s grand children through their underwater journey.
Since launching two years ago, Zag’s Paris-based animation production outfit, Zagtoon, has grown into a high-capacity studio, handling the development, production and post-production of a fast-expanding slate of series and pics.
Attending Annecy Intl. Animated Film Festival, Zag also announced the pre-development of “Kobushi,” a CGI 3D burlesque comedy series, which Zag describes as a Japanese “Tom and Jerry,” turning on a sushi-obsessed cat.
The $5.7 million toon, comprising 104 seven-minute episodes, is co-produced by Malaysian outfit Inspidea.
French DTT youth-themed net Gulli pre-bought the series, which is repped in international markets by AB Intl.
In other related news, Zag is partnering with Japanese outfit Studio Hibari (“Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Gundalian Invaders”) to develop “Sweet Power” (working title), a $7.2 million manga series.
“Sweet Power” follows a group of tweeners who draw their superpowers from eating magical fruits. Zag said his shingle and Hibari are prepping a cross-media strategy and is developing multiple manga novels.
Meanwhile, Zag’s film production outfit, Univergroup Pictures, continues to develop “Miraculous Lady Bug,” a Europe-set 3D superhero toon trilogy, with Aton Soumache’s Onyx Films (“Prodigies”).