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Lagardere channels pick up toons

Canal J nabs 'Lanfeust,' 'Zig,' TiJi takes 'Viking'

PARIS — Gaul’s Lagardere Active kids programming channels Canal J, Gulli and TiJi unveiled key acquisitions at the Annecy Animation Film Festival on Thursday.

Canal J has pre-bought vidgame director-turned-filmmaker Antoine Charreyron’s “Lanfeust Quest,” a comicbook-based action adventure toon series produced by Gaumont-Alphanim. French commercial net M6 has also acquired the skein.

“Lanfeust,” which comprises 26 half-hours, will air in early 2014. Charreyron made his directorial debut last year with sci-fi thriller “Prodigies,” which preemed at Cannes.

TiJi picked up Eric Cazes’ “Vic the Viking,” a 3D series based on Runer Jonsson’s book, which turns on the adventures of a 10-year-old Viking boy.

Produced by Studio 100 Animation, it pre-sold to leading Gallic commercial channel TF1, German pubcaster ZDF and Australia’s Flying Back Prods.

Gulli and Canal J acquired “The Linkers,” a 3D action toon series turning on five teens fighting to save their friend who’s trapped in a video game’s virtual world. Skein, directed by Stefania Raimondi, is co-produced by Ellipsanime and Italian pubcaster RAI. It comprises 26 half-hours.

Meanwhile, Olivier Jean-Marie’s “Zig and Sharko,” the cartoon series produced by Marc du Pontavice’s Xilam Animation pre-sold to paybox Canal Plus, TF1 and Canal J in France, Super RTL in Germany and Mediaset in Italy. Set on an island, the 2D, gag-ladden skein turns on an endearing siren, a shark in love and a hungry hyena.

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