CANNES — Gallic production and distribution company Cyber Animation is launching a news and documentary division and changing its name to Cyber Group.
Cyber’s first report, a probe into kidnappings in Mexico aimed at international auds, was picked up by Gallic news channel France 24 and aired in March in French, English and Arabic.
Co-headed by former senior managers at Walt Disney, Pierre Sissmann and Dominique Bourse, the shingle’s pre-school toons have traveled well, especially “Ozie Boo!,” which has been sold in 160 countries
Sissmann said he hopes to have the same success with news and docus, and has announced the opening of offices in the U.S. and Latin America. Former Disney Channel exec VP Doug Miller will oversee sales, co-productions and acquisitions.
Company has just picked up TV rights to French comic book series “Zoo,” about a young zebra, created by Michel Gay and published by L’Ecole des Loisirs. Gay will oversee the series’ artistic direction.
The comic book series has been published in the U.S., Asia and most of Europe.
Cyber is also starting production on 3-D toon series “The Tales of Tatonka. ” The 40, 11-minute episodes will follow the adventures of four wolf cubs on the plains of North America.
Al -Jazeera’s childrens channel, TV2 Norway and Mediaway Poland have already nabbed the series.
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