Zodiak Kids closes Milkshake! deal for Floogals

Zodiak Kids announces today a UK deal with Channel 5’s Milkshake! for its hit preschool series Floogals. Floogals is based on an original idea from Dan Good and developed by Zodiak Kids Studios with UK special effects studio Jellyfish Pictures. Co-production partners on the brand are Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s preschool network and Nevision.

The first series of 52 x 11’ episodes will be revoiced with an UK cast and premiered earlier this week as part of Channel 5’s newly refreshed pre-school block Milkshake! The series is acquired by Milkshake! as the pre-school block enjoys its most successful year to date with year on year increases across children 4-15 and adults 16-34.*

Jean-Philippe Randsi, CEO Zodiak Kids said “We are delighted to add Channel 5 to the global sales roster of over 150 territories that has already seen international success. Milkshake! will be a great UK home for this British born hit. ” 

Sarah Muller, Head of Children’s, Channel 5 said: “I am so happy to be bringing this home-grown series to the Milkshake! audience. Floogals is a sophisticated piece of British storytelling that will bring a fantastic and funny world alive for our young audience.”

Nigel Pickard, Executive Producer of Floogals and Director at Nevision added: “We look forward to working with the Channel 5 team to create the British version of Floogals that will entertain and inform the British audience.”

The first series of Floogals was produced in the UK by Zodiak Kids Studios UK – part of the Banijay Group – as a co-production between Zodiak Kids and Nevision; Ceri Barnes is Show-running, Ruth Ducker is Directing alongside Nigel Pickard and Nevision’s James Cabourne as Executive Producers. Jellyfish Pictures is the animation studio.

Floogals is a ground breaking mix of photo real CGI, and live action never seen before in preschool television.  Fleeker, Flo and Boomer are pocket-sized alien adventurers on a mission to observe, experience and detail the new and exciting world around them – Planet Earth! Arriving in their spaceship with a bump from the distant planet Floog, the Floogals are on a mission to document everything around them in the peculiar world of “hoomans”. Whilst trying to keep their presence a secret, the innately inquisitive Floogals discover the wonders of our big, exciting and sometimes baffling world as we see it from their tiny perspective – four inches off the ground!

The series is a Sprout original commission and has been a hit on NBCUniversal’s Cable Entertainment’s preschool network since its launch in early 2016.

Zodiak Kids have already licensed Floogals to Piwi+ (Canal +, France), Discovery Kids (Latin America), ABC (Australia), DeA Kids & Cartoonito (Italy), TVO & Knowledge Network (Canada), Hop! Channel (Israel), Spectrum Film (Indonesia), YLE (Finland), Canal Panda (Portugal), Thai PBS Kids, Radio Television (Hong Kong), MediaCorp (Singapore), WeKids (China), BBC Alba (Gaelic UK), MBC (Middle East) and Discovery Kids Asia Networks (pan territory deal) amongst others.

Just Play are the master toy partner appointed to the property by Zodiak Kids and products hit retail this Summer in North America ready for Fall 2017.

*BARB, All Homes, Kids 4-15 & Adults 16-34, Channel 5 (stagger) – Milkshake Day part, Jan 2016 – Apr 2017.

**Source: Nielsen, L+SD, SPRT, MS 6a-6a, 4Q16 (9/26/16 – 12/25/16). Note: This excludes movies, specials, and programs with 5 or less telecasts. [new source to come]

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The Zodiak Kids Press Office:

+ 44 020 7013 4368

Email:  press@zodiakkids.com

Kate Dickson

Communications Director, Milkshake! and Nickelodeon UK & Ireland

kate.dickson@nickelodeon.co.uk

0203 580 3121

About Zodiak Kids

Zodiak Kids is a global independent leader in kids entertainment, combining Banijay Group’s dedicated kids production company, consumer products, digital and TV sales division.  The company’s production arm is Zodiak Kids Studios, with offices in Paris & London, who produce animation and live action programming for a wide range of international broadcasters for audiences worldwide.  Zodiak Kids has dedicated international sales and consumer products teams representing programming from Zodiak Kids Studios and third party producers.

Zodiak Kids boasts one of the largest, high-quality kids catalogues in the world, which includes; Mister Maker, the ultimate arts and craft show; LoliRock, the series bursting with music, magic, and mystery; Totally Spies!, the international hit animation series; Floogals the unique CGI series the #1 show on Universal Kids in the US with Kids 2-5; BAFTA award-winning Secret Life of Boys for CBBC in the UK  & ABC Australia; Millie Inbetween the CBBC ratings hit with multiple series; the hit kids drama series The Lodge for Disney worldwide; and new international animation series Magiki and Kody Kapow.

About Milkshake!

Channel 5’s Milkshake is home to some of the world’s favourite preschool characters.  There is a range of stimulating and engaging programmes that include strong story led animation, genuine documentaries for pre-schoolers and presenter led high quality musical entertainment.  2016 saw Milkshake achieve its strongest year to date amongst Children, 4-9s, HWKs and HWKs 0-3. Milkshake was the number one breakfast destination (6-9am) for Children and 4-9s in 2016. Channel 5 broadcasts 24 hours of children’s programmes every week.  Milkshake is on air from 0600 – 0915 every weekday and 0600 – 10.00 on Saturday and Sunday.  For further information visit www.milkshake.tv

About Channel 5

Channel 5 launched as Britain’s fifth public service channel in March 1997 and has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks since September 2014.  Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA and Spike reach 4 in 5 of the UK viewing public each month with a broad mix of popular content for all the family across entertainment, documentaries, sport, drama from the UK and US, films, reality, comedy, children’s and news.  My5 is a new service allowing viewers to watch content online for free from Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, and Spike.

* Source: BARB, All Homes, Channel 5 & Kids EPG, Kids 4-9, October 2015 – November 2015.

About Nevision

Nevision is an independent production house, rooted in the production and financing of quality television and theatrical content for the global market. Nevision originates, facilitates and exploits content creation across all genres working as a co-producer forming innovative relationships with leading like-minded broadcasters, producers and distributors across the globe, accelerating production and enabling access to international markets. Current productions include: feature documentary Manolo: The Man Who Made Shows for Lizards and the second season of Universal Kids’ hit pre-school show Floogals.