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Annecy: Imira Inks Key Deals on Live-action Skein ‘Jamillah’

Spain-based youth content distrib-producer closes a eight-TV series package with Televisa's Blim

Jamillah & Aladdin
Courtesy of Imira Entertainment

Imira Entertainment, the leading Spain-based youth content distrib-producer, and part of India’s Toonz Media Group, has clinched a raft of deals on live-action adventure comedy “Jamillah & Aladdin,” an ambitious recasting of the Arabian Nights tale.

The 52-segment, 11-minute TV skein has been acquired by Spanish pubcaster TVE to air on children’s TV service Clan; Al Jazeera Media Network bought Middle East and North Africa rights, while Nordic networks Sveriges Television and NRK took respectively Sweden and Norway.

Deals were closed prior to current Annecy’s Mifa market, where Imira is showing first footage of series’ second season, which recently finished shooting. Imira handles worldwide sales excluding U.K., Ireland and Australia.

Aimed at children aged 6-10, “Jamillah & Aladdin” turns on a modern-day girl who travels in time back to ancient Baghdad thanks to the power of a magical lamp she finds. There, she meets Aladdin and embarks on thrilling adventures.

The series is co-produced by BBC’s services CBBC and CBeebies, London-based Kindle Ent., Toonz and Canada’s Mediabiz.

In parallel, Imira has secured a eight-TV series pact with Televisa’s new VOD streaming platform Blim for all Latin American territories excluding Brazil.

The Blim deal encompasses three Imira-co-produced series, “Lucky Fred,” “Lola & Virginia” and “Sandra, The Fairytale Detective,” plus Aurora World’s “Yoohoo & Friends,” Toonz’s “Kind of Magic,” and Finbar/QB9’s “Gaturro, The Series.”

Meanwhile, U.K. Northern Ireland’s kids VOD platform Azoomee has taken space adventure comedy “Alisa Knows What to Do!,” produced by Timur Bekmambetov’s Russian shingle Bazelevs.

At Mifa, Imira is also offering new pre-school series “Mika’s Diary,” produced by Brazilian studio Super Toons, “Dummysaurs,” a co-production with Italy’s Allegra Dami, and non-dialogue comedy series “Larva in New York,” from Korean 3D animation studio Tuba.