ANNECY — French vidgame, publishing and production house Ankama has closed key European licensing deals on its animated series “Wakfu.”The first two seasons of Wakfu, which comprise 52 half-hour episodes, will roll out on Cartoon Network in France and on TBS’ Boing in Spain and Italy. Deals were announced at Gaul’s Annecy Animation Film Festival, which kicked off on Monday. Based on the hit vidgame, “Wakfu” has been pulling top rating on Gallic pubcaster France Televisions since it started airing in 2008. Set in an alternate world, the 2D fantasy series follow the adventures of an orphan with extraordinary powers who embarks on an epic journey to find his family. “The partnership between this series, which pushes transmedia to its limits, and Cartoon Network, which thrives on innovation and originality, seemed totally natural,” said Pierre Branco, deputy general manager at TBS France. In France, Cartoon Network will broadcast season one in January and season two in 2014. In Spain, Boing will air the first season in September and the second in March. In Italy, season one will preem on Boing on June 11 and season two will follow in October. Ankama’s production slate also boasts “Livre 1: Joris Jurgen,” an animated feature based on the shingle’s popular “Dofus” franchise. Helmed by Thomas Digard and Ankama CEO and creative director Anthony Roux, the toonpic will turn on the vidgame’s central characters, Joris, from age 10 to his rise to power as a warrior with superpowers.
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