Classic toon TV series rolls out in Latin America
BARCELONA — Imira Entertainment has sold 104 episodes of animated series “The Smurfs” to Cartoon Network in Spain.Cartoon Network has acquired segs for both free-to-air and pay TV. The top Spanish youth show producer-distributor, Imira has also rolled out the toon classic for distributor IMPS in Portugal, closing with commercial broadcast net SIC. In Latin America, UCV TV has acquired 78 episodes for Chile, Televisora de Costa Rica 120 segs and Ecuador’s RTV 163 episodes. Imira reps “Smurfs” rights in Spain, Portugal and Latin America save for Mexico and Brazil. “The Smurfs” is “a classic property whose popularity shows no sign of slowing down,” said Christophe Goldberger, Imira distribution/marketing head. At Mipcom, Imira preemed the 52-seg “Lucky Fred,” a co-production with TV3, Italy’s RAI Fiction and the Philippines’ Top Draw Animation. “Fred” has seen powerful pre-sales to TF1 for France, Disney Channel for much of the world and Nickelodeon for almost the whole of the rest of the world. Disney also pre-acquired 3D toon comedy series “Myo & Ga” worldwide, which is just about to start pre-production. Delivery will start late June 2013, Goldberger told journalists Friday in Barcelona. Imira, TVE Enne Ent. Studios and DQ Ent. are producing “Escape Hockey.” Originally distributing its own toon animation productions, Imira has steadily diversified, distributing third-party product principally for Southern Europe and Latin America from 2005. Imira moved into direct licensing and merchandising for Spain and Portugal from 2009 and into live-action youth show production with “Lola and Virginia,” which has finalized production and will air on Nickelodeon across Europe.