CANNES — Paris-based Cyber Group Studios has scored a raft of sales on “Zorro the Chronicles” on the heels of its market screening at Mipjunior, the confab dedicated to children entertainment and hosted as part of Mipcom.
Produced by Cyber Group Studios with John Gertz’s Zorro Production International and Blue Spirit Studios, “Zorro the Chronicles” is a 26 half-hour action comedy series helmed by Olivier Lelardoux and designed by Georges Bouchelaghm and Christrophe Rendu.
Cyber Group Studios has sold the show to Turner and Citel (France), RTVE Clan (Spain), RTS (Switzerland), VRT and RTBF (Belgium), TV2 (Norway), YLE (Finland), NPO (Netherlands), ETV (Estonia), TéléQuébec (Canada), Minimax (Eastern Europe), Globosat (Brazil), Spectrum (Indonesia), TV5 Worldwide, LRT (Lithuania).
The company is also in talks with buyers from the U.S., Germany, the Middle East, Italian-speaking Switzerland, Denmark, and major broadcasters in Asia and Latin America.
The skein has been commissioned by France Télévisions and RAI.
“The whole creative team has put so much passion into the series that we are thrilled with this worldwide enthusiasm and support, said Cyber Group Studios’ boss Pierre Sissmann, who wrote the series with Annabelle Perrichon. “We took months of research into Zorro’s original roots – including California history, backgrounds, people, etc.- to fully understand the DNA of Zorro ; and broadcasters from all continents are now convinced by this revisited and modernized version of the series.”
John Gertz, president and CEO of Zorro Productions, said “Generations of kids have enjoyed watching Zorro’s adventures for justice and have identified themselves to him. I am certain that this will continue with ‘Zorro the Chronicles’s series,’ which brings Zorro into the 21st century to new generations.”
The series will premiere on French pubcaster France 3 on Oct. 3. Meanwhile, Italian broadcaster RAI will unveil the series in November, during the Rome Fiction Fest and will broadcast it on Rai Gulp channel early next year.