NICKELODEON ASIA ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO THREE ANIMATED SHORTS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Exclusive Pay-TV rights to Cracké, Monster in a Box, and OUTUPUS
13 OCTOBER 2017, CANNES / SINGAPORE
SummaryAhead of MIPJunior, Nickelodeon Asia announced that it has acquired the exclusive Pay-TV and non-exclusive Video on Demand (VOD) rights to three animated shorts in Southeast Asia – Cracké, Monster in a Box and OUTOPUS. These will air on Nickelodeon Asia’s linear channel starting end-October 2017 and selected episodes will be available on the Nickelodeon Play app in Singapore in December 2017.
CANNES / SINGAPORE, 13 OCTOBER 2017 – Ahead of MIPJunior, Nickelodeon Asia announced that it has acquired the exclusive Pay-TV and non-exclusive Video on Demand (VOD) rights to three animated shorts in Southeast Asia – Cracké, Monster in a Box and OUTOPUS. These will air on Nickelodeon Asia’s linear channel starting end-October 2017 and selected episodes will be available on the Nickelodeon Play app in Singapore in December 2017.
Ms. Syahrizan Mansor, Vice President, Nickelodeon Asia, Viacom International Media Networks, said, “Content consumption is now across various screens and we find that short form content with playful stories and laugh-out loud moments is a sweet spot that does well across all our platforms. These three quirky shorts fit the bill and complement our current programming slate, which will appeal to kids in Southeast Asia.”
The first of the shorts to broadcast on Nickelodeon Asia and on the app is Cracké, a 3D animated comedy series produced by Squeeze Studio Animation in Québec City, Canada. A 52 x 1-minute series, it features Ed, an anxious ostrich dad, and his beloved brood. With the good intention to protect his eight eggs, Ed will cause trouble and threats, and never miss an opportunity to make things worse for himself.
To offer viewers varied content and animation styles, Nickelodeon also picked up two 2D animated shorts distributed by Monster Entertainment.
Pitting one monster and one unsuspecting dupe to create a whole lot chaotic fun, is Monster in a Box. These 26 x 1-minute shorts are chock full of absurdity, irreverence and fun and bring to mind the vibes of single-panel comic strip The Far Side, and the Monty Python comedy sketch show. Produced by Eggplant TV and Teletoon in Canada, each short has no dialogue (except for the odd fart, sneeze or groan) and one unique Monster poised in a box just waiting for that special someone to open up and look inside.
Meanwhile, OUTOPUS (52 x 2-minutes) follows five octopus friends confined in a boring fish tank, and watching the ocean from their window. They spend their time planning all sorts of crazy escapes, with the ultimate goal of being able to get out and swim free. It is produced by Rocket Cartoons in Costa Rica.
Nickelodeon has also announced that it has greenlit Sharkdog, its first animated short-form series from Asia, coming out of the 2015 edition of the annual Nickelodeon’s Global Animated Shorts Programme.
Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the leading entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's brands reach 1.1 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 170 countries and territories, via more than 80+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit www.nick-asia.com.
Yvette YeoCommunications, Viacom International Media Networks Asia
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