In one of the highest-profile, Cartoon Network Latin America has acquired the second season of Korea’s Aurora World Corp.-produced pre-school TV series “Yoohoo & Friends.”
A eco-conscious production, whose characters are based on rare or endangered species at risk of extinction, “Yoohoo’s” first season has been taken by Mexico’s public network Canal Once.
Canal Once also acquired from Imira TV skein “Horatio & The Plasticines,” a stop-motion animation on a child and his band of colorful plasticine friends learning about the world through songs. Canal Once renewed happy-go-lucky island creatures toon series “Saari.”
Co-produced by Imira with Chile’s Zumbastico Studios and Argentina’s TV channel Paka Paka, “Horatio” has been sold to network HITN for the U.S. Hispanic market, Señal Colombia and Ecuador TV.
In Chile, broadcaster UCV TV has renewed Imira’s classic property “The Smurfs” and Novasur has taken pre-school skein “Vitaminix,” while Ecuador TV also acquired CGI feature film “The Living Forest.”
Run by CEO Sergi Reitg and creative director Myriam Ballesteros, Barcelona-based Imira was acquired last fall by Toonz Entertainment although it continues operating as a standalone entity.
Fruit of the Toonz deal, Imira added contents produced by the parent company to its already strong catalogue of over 3,000 half hours, TV and licensing rights for worldwide distribution.
Toonz’s highlights Imira is handling for the first time ever at Natpe include J.K. Rowling biopic “Magic Beyond Words,” already bought by ChileVision in Chile, and the series “Rat-a-tat,” “HTDT,” “Purple Devil” and “Speed Racer: The Next Generation.”
“We are proud to be working alongside market leaders across the industry and continuing to grow as a company, building on our strength in Latin America,” Imira’s Reitg said.