Zodiak Kids’ prodco Marathon Media has been commissioned to produce another 26 x 13’ series for TF1 and Disney XD Europe, taking the total run for the series to 104 episodes. Production starts this September. This third season commission comes on the heels of the series’ ratings success.Rekkit Rabbit successfully premiered in France on Europe’s leading TV network TF1. Since launch in March 2011, the series already ranks fourth among children aged 4-10 (above hit shows like Spongebob Squarepants and Penguins of Madagascar), with a 21% market share, 6% higher than the slot average. Rekkit Rabbit reaches over 2 million viewers every week on TF1, including 1 million kids aged 4-10. The series will debut on Disney Europe’s channels in Fall 2011, with the exception of Poland where the show already hit screens with a bang on 8 June: Rekkit Rabbit was the most successful youth launch in the history of Disney XD, Poland’s leading children’s channel. During the whole month of June, Rekkit scored strong triple-digit gains among Kids 4-9 (+109%) and Boys 4-9 (+164%) and double-digit gains among Girls 4-9 (+34%) versus the slot average (January-June 2011 / 11h00). Rekkit Rabbit is a cartoon comedy series produced by Vincent Chalvon Demersay and David Michel at Marathon Media, part of Zodiak Kids, whose previous credits include Redakai, Gormiti and the worldwide hitTotally Spies. Head writers for the series are Reid Harrisson (The Simpsons, George of the Jungle) and Mitch Watson (Scooby Doo!).
Redakai: Conquer the Kairu, the new flagship series coproduced by Marathon Media and Spin Master Ltd. continues its international conquest. Following Cartoon Network US, Canada’s YTV and French channels Gulli and Canal J have announced plans to broadcast the series in the second half of this year for YTV and Canal J, and early 2012 for Gulli.
Redakai: Conquer the Kairu features Ky, a 15-year-old boy and student of the ancient martial arts, who embarks on an incredible quest to find the Kairu, a mystical energy with incredible powers and the catalyst for all forms of life in the universe.
Ky and his friends, Maya and Boomer, are confronted by personal challenges and teenage extraterrestrials who do everything they can to halt them in their quest for the Kairu and prevent them being the first to harness this precious energy. Ky hopes to one day become the greatest Kairu warrior of them all, a Redakai.
The series is coproduced by two major players in the international youth programming market: Studio Marathon Media in Paris, creator of the global hit shows Totally Spies, Gormiti, and Rekkit Rabbit and Spin Master Ltd, behind the action show phenomenon Bakugan Battle Brawlers.
With its unrivalled expertise in kid’s entertainment, Spin Master is planning to release a complete range of games, trading cards and toys linked to the series and based on totally innovative technology.
“After Cartoon Network US, we are delighted to partner once again with Gulli, Canal J and YTV – with whom we have already enjoyed some major successes – this time with Redakai, a ground-breaking adventure series,” said Vincent Chalvon Demersay and David Michel, co-principals of Marathon Media.
“Spin Master is thrilled to have the strength and support of YTV behind the launch of Redakai in Canada,” explains Jennifer Dodge, Executive Producer at Spin Master Entertainment. “They will be the perfect strategic complement to the efforts of our partners Gulli and Canal J in France and Cartoon Network in the US.”
The first visuals were unveiled last month in New York at the Toy Fair and the Kidscreen Summit. The series will be fully launched on the international marketplace at MIPTV in April.
The series’ international TV and video sales will be handled by Zodiak Kids. Zodiak Kids – Marathon Media is handling the worldwide licensing and merchandising rights excluding North America, where Cartoon Network Enterprises is the exclusive agent.
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Marathon Media welcomes Dimitri Bodiansky as Senior Fiction producer and Johan Chiron asFiction Manager on board.Before joining Marathon Media, Dimitri Bodiansky has developed a unique know-how in creating sitcoms with series such as Trop La Classe, Trop La Classe Verte and Trop La Classe Café.From his years within the band Indochine– of which he was a founder – Dimitri learnt about every aspect of production (tours, video, discs, legal, merchandising, musical edition…) and in 1994, he created KBP within the videogame editor MFE, before focusing on TV and animation for young adults (Lakmi & Boomy, Friday Wear…). Today Marathon Media takes over KBP’s business.Dimitri’s appointment is a great opportunity to access a new range of skills very complementary to Marathon Media’s specialty (focused on kids animation): a real expertise in terms of family-aimed sitcoms and animation for young adults, two areas in which French talents are rather rare.
“Totally Pinball Party” is the first free game on iPhone adapted from the internationally acclaimed TV series Totally Spies! What is the Totally Spies! ‘Pinball Party’ game all about?The Totally Spies needs your help in their most dangerous mission yet!The security system at the WOOHP prison has been disabled and the most dangerous villains in the world have escaped. The City of Los Angeles is in danger, WOOHP needs help. To help the gamer in his mission, Jerry has created the “Totally Pinball”. With this new gadget, the gamer needs to capture the villains as fast as possible so as to accumulate the maximum of points. If he succeeds, he will become a full time member of WOOHP, just like the Totally Spies!What does the mission consists of? The game is developed for 6 different locations : The hotel – the warehouse
- It is accessible to fans of the series, both parents and children
- Each game is independent and lasts 1 minute.
-The game works on iphone, ipod Touch and iPad.
- Have fun! The game can be downloaded by following the link http://www.totalyoo.fr/game/totally-pinball-party…where you can play with your favorite characters and discover plenty of other activities.
- Or directly from the iTunes App Stor : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/totally-spies/id429386119?mt=8
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A key component of the powerful international audiovisual group Zodiak Media Group, Marathon Media is the number one producer of animation in France and a major player on the world stage. Based in Paris, the company is managed by Vincent Chalvon Demersay and David Michel. Amongst its portfolio of international successes are Totally Spies!, Gormiti, Spiez, Monster Buster Club, Martin Mystery, Team Galaxy, Marsupilami.
Each brand’s extraordinary track record in TV extends into merchandising, with activity across categories such as toys, home entertainment, multimedia, stationery, publishing and many more.
Marathon Media‘s programmes are distributed internationally by Zodiak Rights.