Chinese and Russian studios link-up for 3D anim series

2 August 2011 16 h 22 min Comments Off

Russian children’s media firm Riki Group has partnered with the Chinese prodco Xing Xing Digital on its first international coproduction, based on its Kikoriki brand.

Riki subsidiary Petersburg Animation Studio and Beijing-based animation studio Xing Xing will coproduce a 52×11′ 3D CGI version (3rd Season) of Kikoriki for Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

Kikoriki (known in Russia as Smeshariki) is already broadcast on CCTV in 2D. The 3D show is in production and will begin rolling out in spring 2012.

A US writing team headed by Beavis and Butthead scribe Mike DeSeve has been constituted and for the first time, Riki will produce an 11-minute format and leave the 6’30″ toons format which is common in Russia.

Xing Xing is best known for Hit Entertainment’s high definition CGI version of Fireman Sam, which it has coproduced since the sixth season.

This agreement with a Chinese studio is one of the first announcement of Riki after the appointement of US-born Mennies as head of its worldwide business.

“We’re reaching out to coproducers for the first time and figuring out how to make the parts of those puzzles come together,” he said to C21 media.

The Kikoriki brand is currently aired in territories such as China (CCTV), Germany  (Kika), the USA (The CW), Finland (MTV3), Italy (Mediaset) and Portugal (RTP).

In April 2011, Riki group announced a deal with Viacom / MTV Networks International  which will represent the TV and digital rights to the animated series across  Central and Eastern Europe (excluding Russia), the Middle East, Africa and Asia  Pacific (excluding Greater China). MTVNI has also picked up the rights to  broadcast Kikoriki on Nickelodeon TV platforms in Russia and CIS,  Central Europe and Africa.

Seasons 1 and 2: Flash, 208 x 6:30 (completed)
Season 3: CGI, 52 x 11:00  (in production with Xing Xing)

Audience: Boys and girls 4–8
Produced by: Petersburg Animation Studio, and Xing Xong for season 3

SOURCE: C21 media (1/08/2011)

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