VIC SWERTS (SOUDAL) AND 3D INVESTORS NEW SHAREHOLDERS OF STUDIO 100
The shareholders of Studio 100 – Hans Bourlon, Gert Verhulst and BNP Paribas Fortis Private Equity – were looking for a fourth shareholder to support the company’s long-term growth plan. With Vic Swerts and 3d investors, Studio 100 brings on board two well reputed Flemish long-term investors who strongly believe in the company’s growth strategy and the entrepreneurship of the management team. 25 per cent of the shares are sold to Vic Swerts (17%) and 3d investors (8%).
Based on their own experience in building international companies, both investors are delighted to be able to support the further growth of Studio 100. Like Soudal, Studio 100 has in the past already been awarded the “Enterprise of the Year” award.
THIS ONE THING I DO: JOSH SELIG SHARES HIS WISDOM WITH YOUNG ANIMATION STUDENTS
Josh Selig, Founder and President of Little Airplane Productions, was approached by animation history students (The Animation Gang) to answer them some urgent questions about animation. Josh Selig could indeed help them, and the Animation Magazine published this exchange of e-mails and the Q&A.
THE PACK IS GROWING! JOY TOY, SKYBRANDS AND SPREADSHIRT SIGN “100% WOLF” LICENSE AGREEMENTS
Studio 100 Media presents new licensees for the spanking brand new “100% Wolf” just in time for the International Toy Fair. Joy Toy will present a collection of plush figures (25 cm and 30 cm) of the animal characters at the Nuremberg Toy Fair (Joy Toy, Hall 4 A-80). The product range also includes lamps and lights from torches to night lights as well as ceramic products. SkyBrands will create various textile products such as bed linen, pillows and sleeping bags as well as clothing for children with the new brand as a licensee in the Home & Living segment. As an apparel partner, Spreadshirt will focus on T-shirts, hoodies, long sleeves and bags. All three agreements valid for several years will cover the German-speaking territories.
On the afternoon of December 21st, Samson & Gert’s farewell show premiered in the Studio 100 Pop-Up Theater in Puurs. During a dazzling show it was announced that Marie Verhulst will be Samson’s new boss. After weeks of speculation, it is now finally known who Gert’s successor will be. To top it all off, Marie also brought her very first single during the show: “Marie & Samson”. The accompanying video clip will be released on January 10, 2020.
STUDIO 100 GROUP’S FLYING BARK PRODUCTIONS TO OPEN UP BRAND-NEW L.A. STUDIO
Studio 100 Group is gearing up for a massive 2020 with the opening of Flying Bark Productions’ brand-new Los Angeles (LA) studio and a further expansion of its Sydney-based premises which will cater to a 400-crew capacity.
Flying Bark has appointed Ian Graham as its Chief Creative Director for the LA studio which will open doors in early 2020. Focusing on creative leadership and long-term content strategy for the new studio, Ian will spearhead a development slate for original production working with local and international talent and will help supervise pre-production teams for both original and client service work.
STUDIO 100 FILM AND KOOL PRODUKTION ANNOUNCE INTERNATIONAL VOICE CAST FOR ELLA BELLA BINGO
Studio 100 Film and Kool Produktion today announced an impressive voice cast for the upcoming theatrical feature “Ella Bella Bingo”. Leading the voice cast are Summer Fontana (“The Originals”, “Dark Phoenix”) as Ella Bella, Jack Fisher (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “Legends of Tomorrow”) as Henry, Benjamin Plessala (“Shameless”, “Big Little Lies”) as Johnny, as well as Tress MacNeille (“Tiny Toon Adventures”, “The Simpsons”), Richard Kind (“Inside Out”, “Argo”), Fred Tatasciore (“Family Guy”, “Star Wars Rebels”, “IT”, “Moana”) and Chris Sullivan (“This is us”, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”). Joining the formidable ensemble for the Norwegian animation movie is Jamie Thomason (“The Spectacular Spider-Man”, “Young Justice”) as voice director.
STUDIO 100 FILM INKS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH VOLGAFILM
Studio 100 Film and Volgafilm have closed an agreement for the rights to the animated feature film “Vic the Viking – The Magic Sword”. Volgafilm has acquired the distribution rights as well as other audio-visual exploitation rights for home entertainment, pay TV, free TV and VOD including SVOD for Russia, Ukraine and the Baltics including Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. “Vic the Viking – The Magic Sword” is produced by Studio 100 Media, Studio 100 Animation, Belvision Production in co-production with SND – M6 Group, ZDF and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance. The animated movie is set for delivery in December 2019. Studio 100 Film acts as the international sales agent and is located at Loews Office #653 during AFM 2019.
STUDIO 100 MEDIA AND ZAPF CREATION CONCLUDE EXTENSIVE LICENSE COOPERATION WITH HEIDI
Studio 100 Media and Zapf Creation have signed an extensive international license agreement for CGI brand “Heidi”. The multi-year agreement initially covers the rights in German-speaking territories, France, the UK and Ireland, Russia, Poland, Scandinavia, Benelux, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The cooperation includes puppets and plush figures of the characters from Studio 100’s popular CGI series. The new products will be available from 2020.
Zapf Creation will launch a total of five products – one Heidi soft doll with talkback function, 30cm tall, two cuddly Heidi and Peter soft dolls, 30cms tall, and two cuddly toys, the St. Bernard Josef (20cm) and a goat (15cm). The sweet dolls are manufactured in a completely new production process. A special fabric mask for the face is formed by warmth, printed in digital print and softly stuffed, thus the doll receives a three-dimensional natural appearance and remains thereby soft and cuddly. As the dolls wear plastic shoes, they can even stand tall.
‘100% WOLF – LEGEND OF THE MOONSTONE’ REACHES TOP SPOT AMONG THE MOST-SCREENED SERIES AT MIPJUNIOR
Studio 100 Media is delighted to announce that the brand-new CGI animation series ‘100% Wolf – Legend of the Moonstone’ has hit the Number One spot as the most-screened series’ at this year’s MIPJUNIOR. The comedy-adventure series tells the story of Freddy Lupin a werewolf with a difference! He is heir to a proud family line of werewolves and was in shock when on his 13th birthday his first “warfing” went awry, turning him into a ferocious… poodle. Now enrolled in the prestigious Howlington Academy, Freddy must prove that he still has the heart of a werewolf!
LITTLE AIRPLANE PRODUCTIONS, FANTAWILD ANIMATION AND STUDIO 100 MEDIA JOIN FORCES FOR “DOCTOR SPACE”
Little Airplane Productions, Fantawild Animation (China), and Studio 100 Media announced today that they will collaborate on “Doctor Space,” a new animated comedy for 4 – 7-year-olds. The companies plan to co-invest in the production of the brand-new TV series and IP initiated by Little Airplane.
The team behind “Doctor Space” is impressive: The pilot was written by Emmy Award- winning creator/writer/composer Billy Lopez (“Welcome To The Wayne”, “The Wonder Pets”) and the show’s educational curriculum was written by Beth Richman, Ed.M. (“Super Wings”). “Doctor Space” is the first new series that was created by Josh Selig since his New York-based studio, Little Airplane, was acquired by Studio 100.
Studio 100 is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Krieger as CEO of Studio 100 Media and its subsidiaries Studio 100 Film, m4e and the newly formed Studio Isar Animation (Munich / Germany). Mr Krieger will also be responsible for the global commercial business of Studio 100 International including content distribution, licensing and consumer products for the entire Studio 100 slate and some third party IPs.
APC KIDS BOARDS STUDIO 100 ANIMATION AND COSMOS-MAYA’S GALACTIC AGENCY
APC Kids, the children’s entertainment division of leading co-production and distribution company APC Studios has boarded new animated series Galactic Agency (52 x 13’) as worldwide distributor outside France, Benelux and India. APC Kids will be launching the series to potential pre-buyers at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Produced by leading French animation studio Studio 100 Animation along with Singapore-based animation studio Cosmos-Maya as a co-production partner, the 2D animated series aimed at kids aged 6-9 is commissioned by French broadcaster Gulli.