Zodiak Kids Launches Ground-Breaking LOLIROCK at MipTV

PosterLolirockportrait_finalV1Marathon Media Brings Magic to the Small Screen with a Unique Music-Based Digital Strategy

Zodiak Kids is proud to announce the launch of Marathon Media’s brand new production LOLIROCK (52 x 26’), an exciting new animated series featuring magic, mystery and music, developed in partnership with France Televisions and Disney Channel (France).

Aimed at 6-12 year olds, LOLIROCK follows the journey of young Iris, a spirited teenage girl with a beautiful voice and an unending desire to help others. When Iris joins the girl band LOLIROCK, her life is changed forever, as a new world of music, mystery and magical powers is revealed. Three new friends are now bound together by their common destiny as magical princesses and their battle for justice. Marathon Media (Totally Spies!) has once again created a cast of characters that are aspirational role models for a generation of children for whom justice has become a core value. With experienced, world renowned talent and proven producers, LOLIROCK is sure to connect with every girl’s magical inner self!

The music in LOLIROCK, overseen by acclaimed producer Yellow Shark, will feature heavily in the series and provide a key element to Marathon Media’s exciting 360-degree digital strategy and multi-screen approach.  As part of a unique marketing plan, five animated LOLIROCK videos will be launched on social media & YouTube before the debut of the TV show. Additionally, local LOLIROCK bands will be formed in each key territory, creating a hugely important secondary platform for the series, and endless opportunities to connect with its core audience.

Vincent Chalvon-Demersay (CEO, Marathon Media) and David Michel (General Manager, Marathon Media) comment, “LOLIROCK is a fresh, contemporary take on what it is to be a girl today, infused with music and magical adventures and the all-important notion of justice in today’s teenage world. It’s a perfect companion piece to Totally Spies!, which has been so successful in this same space.”

“France Televisions is a proud partner with Marathon Media for LOLIROCK and we are thrilled to be on board for this original new series. The show will have a wide audience appeal, loved by girls, thanks to the outstanding mix of adventure and comedy, with the great plus of being a musical show,” adds Tiphaine de Raguenel, Director of Youth Program Activities.

Produced at Marathon Media’s Paris studios with director Jean Louis Vandestoc, the series boasts world-renowned creative talent including head writer Madellaine Paxson, known for her work on Lilo & Stitch, Tarzan, and Kim Possible, among others. The TV broadcast launch is planned for early 2014 on France Televisions and then on Disney Channel. All TV rights will be managed by Zodiak Kids while licensing will be handled by Zodiak Kids CP Paris.

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About Marathon Media

Marathon Media, a Zodiak Kids company, is one of France’s biggest animation producers, and one of the world’s leading cartoon studios. Based in Paris, the company is managed by Vincent Chalvon Demersay and David Michel. Its international successes include Rekkit Rabbit, Gormiti, Spiez, Monster Buster Club, Martin Mystery, Team Galaxy, Marsupilami, and of course the smash hit series Totally Spies! Each brand’s extraordinary track record in TV extends into merchandising, with activities across categories such as toys, home entertainment, multimedia, stationery, publishing and much more. Marathon Media is a cornerstone of Zodiak Media and a key company within Zodiak Kids.

About Zodiak Kids

Zodiak Kids is the global independent leader in kids entertainment which unites all of the group’s kids production, distribution and consumer products entities under one banner. Zodiak Kids has established itself as one of the top independent leaders in the global kids programming market today and encompasses the group’s dedicated kids production companies (Marathon Media and Tele Images Productions (France), The Foundation (UK) and Zodiak Active Kids Entertainment (Italy)). Sales for Zodiak kids are handled by a dedicated team within Zodiak Rights, one of the leading international distributors in the industry. All aspects of Licensing are handled by a dedicated division with highly experienced teams based in London and Paris (Zodiak Kids CP Paris and Zodiak Kids CP London).

About Zodiak Kids CP Paris

Zodiak Kids CP Paris is a part of Zodiak Kids headed by industry veteran Patricia de Wilde. The company manages the international licensing rights of all properties produced by sister company Marathon Media (Redakai, Gormiti, Totally Spies!) and the French rights of some Zodiak Kids CP London properties (Tickety Tock, Little Princess). Additionally it manages third party properties in France (Where’s Wally?) and Europe (Ddee, The Saddle Club).

For additional information please visit: www.totallyspies.com/, www.marathon-media.fr, www.zodiakkids.com/

 

For more information please contact:

Valerie Tailland
Head of Communication, Zodiak Media
+331 5310 9132
valerie.tailland@zodiakmedia.com

Lisa Hryniewicz
Koko Media
+44 203 652 5629

 

REDAKAI conquers Australia and New Zealand

REDAKAI CONQUERS ANOTHER CONTINENT
Licensing, Toy, Television, and Home Entertainment plans Underway down Under
(Paris, France, January 10, 2012). Marathon Media, part of Zodiak Kids, is pleased to announce a broad range of new partners in Australia and New Zealand for its latest boys property, Redakai, Conquer the Kairu, including Stella Projects, Moose Toys, Network Ten, and Magna Home Video.
The Redakai cross-platform plan will kick off on Network Ten’s Toasted block in early 2012, providing a solid TV presence for the property. The TV launch will be followed by a DVD release in mid 2012 by Magna Home Video, one of Australia’s leading home entertainment distributors.
Premier Australian toy company Moose Toys will start by launching the highly original Spinmaster Redakai™ TCG (trading card game) to specialty retailers from February 2012. Redakai™ TCG offers a ground-breaking innovation in gaming, taking trading cards to the next level with amazing Blast3D™ technology and never seen before 3D and animation effects. The full toy line, developed and owned by Spin Master, co-creator of the property, will be presented to the toy industry at the Melbourne Toy Fair in March 2012.
Well established kids company Stella Projects have been appointed licensing agent in both Australia and New Zealand. With an apparel deal in the works, the company will work closely with all partners to develop the property.
Grahame Grassby, Managing Director of Stella Projects, commented: “We are very excited to be representing Redakai in Australia & New Zealand – Australian boys go crazy for science fiction shows and combined with their passion to play games and trade cards, Redakai has all the makings of being a smash hit in our territory.”
Karen Vermeulen, Vice President Sales & Co-production Zodiak Kids, said: “We are truly excited to have Network 10 on board as our broadcast partner in Australia and a stellar group of partners to support the launch of Redakai in this territory.”
Based on an original concept, Redakai is a co-production between Marathon Media Studios and Spin Master. Marathon Media hold the global TV and licensing rights excluding North America, which are held by Spin Master, along with all toy rights.
Redakai: Conquer the Kairu is a kids adventure series starring Ky, a 15-year-old student of ancient martial arts who embarks on an incredible quest to find the Kairu, a primordial alien energy force. Helped by his friends Maya and Boomer, Ky travels the globe looking for the Kairu to protect it from his extraterrestrial teenage opponents, with the hope that one day he will become the greatest Kairu warrior of them all – a
Redakai. For more information on Redakai: Conquer the Kairu, please visit www.Redakai.com.

Dimitri Bodiansky joins Marathon Media as Senior Fiction Producer.

Marathon Media welcomes Dimitri Bodiansky as Senior Fiction producer and Johan Chiron as Fiction 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.