Gaumont Television, ZDF Team on ‘Belle et Sebastien’

Gaumont Television is joining forces with Germain pubcaster ZDF to bring “Belle et Sébastien,’ an animated series based on the popular 1960s TV show created by Cécile Aubry.

Comprising 13-minute 52 episodes, “Belle et Sébastien” follows the adventures of a 6-year-old motherless boy and his friend, a big white dog, across the wilderness landscapes of the French Alps.

“We truly think that (this series) depicts what today’s children want to see and dream of, especially those who live in a domestic environment,” said Nicole Keeb, topper of co-productions and acquisitions at ZDF.

“With its classic look, ‘Belle et Sebastien’ fits perfectly intro ZDF’s catalog, which includes ‘Lassie,’ ‘Heidi,”Wickie,”Robin Hood,’ among other titles,” added Keeb.

“Belle et Sébastien” is produced by Canadian shingle PVP Group. Other recent deals include those with M6 (France), Piwi+ (France), Radio Canada (Canada), VRT (Belgique), RTBF (Belgique) and RTS (Suisse).

Deal was unveiled today by Pierre Belaïsch, prexy of Gaumont Télévision.

“It’s a series full of humor and adventure, which is unique in a friendship tale. It’s the story of a boy and an extraordinary dog who are united against the rest of the world against the backdrop of a wonderful alpine setting,” said Belaïsch.

Gaumont is also behind the big-screen adaptation of “Belle et Sebastien” and its sequel, “Belle et Sebastien, l’aventure continue,” which were both produced by Radar Films and Epithète Films. “Belle et Sebastien” performed strongly at the French B.O. and across Europe. It racked up 2.7 million admissions in Gaul alone.

Gaumont Television’s slate includes popular TV skeins such as “Caliméro,” “F Is for Family,” “Lanfeust Quest,””Mon pote le fantôme!,””Galactik Football,””Robotboy” and “L’Apprenti Père Noël.”

The French studio is currently producing new episodes of “Oui-Oui” for France Télévision and DreamWorks Animation, as well as “Furry Wheels” for France Télévision and Disney XD EMEA.

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