1. UNICEF started an animated series Unfairy Tales
UNICEF brought to life the true stories of the Syrian refugee crisis’ youngest survivors. The first story is based on 7-year-old Malak who fled with her family from war-torn Syria and braved a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. It is produced by 180 LA.
2. Japanese – Taiwanese co-production Thunderbolt Fantasy
Nitroplus announced that the new project by Gen Urobuchi (known for original script writer for Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass) is going to be a puppet animation TV series titled Thunderbolt Fantasy. It is co-produced by Nitroplus, Good Smile Company in Japan and Taiwanese company PILI. It is scheduled to be released in summer 2016.
3. Technicolor partners with TF1 to co-produce Monchhichi
Technicolor Animation Productions, (formerly OuiDo! Productions) based in France, has signed an agreement with France’s TF1 to co-produce the 52 x 11’ episode CGI series, Monchhichi, based on the toy that first debuted in 1974 from Japan’s Sekiguchi.
4. Animated series THE SAPPHIRES is in the final stages of development
Australia’s Goalpost Pictures and Sticky Pictures, announced that they are in the final stages of development on THE SAPPHIRES, an animated series based on Goalpost Pictures’ successful feature film of the same name. Developed with broadcaster ABC TV Australia as a 26 x 22 minute series, THE SAPPHIRES is aimed at a kids (7-12 years) and family audience. The series follows Aboriginal teenagers Gail, Cynthia, Julie and Kay on their musical misadventures in a fictional rural Australian town.
5. New Danger Mouse to reach France, Australia and the Middle East
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment (FMK) announced a free-to-air TV sales for new series of Danger Mouse in key regions including France, Australia and the Middle East. These markets are in addition to the multi-territory Netflix deal which launches in the Americas and other territories in Spring. Danger Mouse returned to UK screens after a 23-year absence and currently is aired on CBBC in the UK.