Monday, November 11, 2019

Nick Jr. UK to Set Sail with 'Pirata & Capitano'

Nick Jr. UK & Ireland has acquired the rights to Millimages’ seafaring preschool animation Pirata & Capitano (52 x 11’), and will premiere the brand-new French CG-animated preschool series during late 2019!

Update (11/11) - Pirata & Capitano premiered on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland on Saturday 9th November 2019!

Co-produced by public national broadcasters France Televisions and Rai (Italy), the brand-new CG-animated preschool series follows Pirata as she travels the Great Sea at the helm of her ship, the Pink Skull, with her loyal crew in search of adventure. Her best friend, Capitano, flies a red seaplane and joins them on their nautical explorations. Young viewers set sail with these heroes on a never ending treasure quest full of adventure and humour, while learning the value of teamwork and friendship. The series is fully produced with the lifelike lighting technique of “Global Illumination” (using technology developed by Dwarf Studios)

Pirata & Capitano has been warmly received in major territories. Already airing on France 5 (France), Tiji (pay TV, France), Rai Yoyo (Italy), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), RUV (Iceland), CJ Tooniverse (South Korea), TV3 (Spain), Gloob (Brazil), Bein (Middle East), Canal+ (Poland), Gulli (Russia), D-Smart (Turkey), MTVA (Hungary), ETV (Estonia), ERT (Greece), LTV (Lativa), Al Jazeera (Middle East) and Balapan (Kazakhstan). The series has also been picked up by Discovery Family (U.S.).

Pirata & Capitano launched in the U.K. on Channel 5's Milkshake! preschool programming strand during summer 2018, where it quickly became the number two most watched show on the block.

Launched at MIPTV, Pirata & Capitano is now in production on Season 2 (52 x 11’), with delivery is set for Q1 2020.


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Licensing Link Europe

Molang, Pirata & Capitano, and IFL Science will be joining the likes of Chic & Love, and Van Gogh Museum on the Licensing Link stand this year.

Molang, from Millimages, a European leader in the children’s entertainment industry, is a cuddly, kind-hearted, kawaiiinspired rabbit whose animated series is a TV and online hit. Three seasons have already been delivered and a fourth is on the way.

Molang recently celebrated the renewal by Tomy of its European master toy line, not to mention reaching 25 European licensees in all core categories, including toy, stationery and apparel. The toy renewal follows the very successful launch of Molang on Tiny Pop, the free-to-air UK television channel where it sits inside the top 10 shows. Season three is due on Tiny Pop in September, when fans will also see the launch of the show on Amazon Prime in the UK, Germany, France and Italy.

Also from Millimages, Pirata & Capitano is a pre-school animation show following the crew of the ship The Pink Skull as they continue their quest for treasure across the islands of the Great Sea. Season two is currently in production for delivery mid 2020, bringing the total number of episodes to 104. This will be complimented by additional short-form episodes that form the backbone of the digital strategy. The programme, co-produced by France 5 Television and Rai of Italy, has enjoyed strong uptake globally, with new broadcast partners including Discovery in the US, CJ Tooniverse in Korea, Azteca in LatAm and most recently CCTV for China, all coming on board mid-2019. In the UK, the programme quickly became the number two most-watched show on the channel. Nickelodeon Junior.


From Licensing Source:

Pirata & Capitano gets Nick Jr. boost

Preschool show now airing on Nick Jr. and Milkshake giving licensing programme a lift.

Preschool show Pirata & Capitano has been given a boost, with Nick Jr. launching season one, adding to its broadcast platforms in the UK.

The show – from French studio, Millimages – launched on Nick Jr. on November 9, while season one also continues on Milkshake, with new episodes airing for the remainder of the year.

Season two will launch in Q2 2020 on Milkshake, while episodes will air on Nick Jr. later in the year.

“We are delighted that Nick Jr. have confirmed that Pirata & Capitano will be airing on their channel starting the back end of 2019, while Milkshake programming continues,” said Ian Wickham, director of Licensing Link Europe, which handles the licensing programme for the show in the UK.

“We couldn’t have asked for better broadcast platforms here in the UK from which to drive brand awareness and engagement with the right consumer. This should bode very well indeed for the growing licensing programme.”


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Originally published: Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Original source: Progressive Preschool September/October 2019; Additional sources: Animation Magazine (II).
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