Distribution360 will be showcasing more than 200 hours of content including new kids, lifestyle and factual series at MIPCOM 2011. Attendees can sample the offerings and meet with Distribution 360 representatives at Booth #02.10 when the conference takes place this October 3rd through 6th in Cannes, France.
“We look forward to a successful MIPCOM, and are pleased to bring strong content in the kids, lifestyle and factual space,” said Stéphanie Röckmann-Portier, Head of Sales, Distribution360. “We’re very excited to meet with potential buyers in the market for fresh new content that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of audiences.”
In the Kids and Youth genre, Distribution360’s slate includes:
Olive the Ostrich (52 x 5’/13 x 30′; interactive elements)
Written in a highly descriptive storybook style, Olive the Ostrich is a CGI animated series for preschoolers, which chronicles the adventures of a young ostrich named Olive on her imaginary travels to all sorts of amazing places. In each episode, animators bring to life real pictures drawn by children and submitted through an integrated online component. These animations create all the guest characters, places and objects that Olive encounters. Inquisitive and enthusiastic, Olive loves to solve problems and help people whenever she can. She’ll try anything once, which can get her into trouble, but always finds fun and inventive ways of getting herself out of it. The series recently launched on Nick Jr. in the UK, and was rated the #1 show on the network. Produced by Blue-Zoo Productions (UK).
This is Daniel Cook (131 x 6’/65 x 6’; online games; format rights)
This is Emily Yeung (65 x 6’ episodes/2 x 30’ specials; online games; format rights)
This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung are more than just live-action preschool TV series, they are educational adventures where children join six-year-old hosts Daniel Cook and Emily Yeung on all of their exciting adventures whether that be learning with Olympic gold medalists and rocket scientists, or creating with award-winning musicians and painters. Online, interactive activities encourage children to develop important skills by playing in virtual environments such as backyards and playrooms. This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung air in over 90 countries, including the U.S. on Disney Junior, and in 12 languages. Produced by marblemedia and Sinking Ship Entertainment.
Splatalot (26 x 30’ ENG/26 x 30’ FR comedy reality series; format rights; web games; online videos)
Splatalot is a hilarious medieval-themed action reality show geared to the tween audience, featuring an extreme obstacle course with more splats and spills than ever imaginable. Each episode features a different group of 12 thrill-seeking teen contestants, dubbed Attackers, competing in three hilarious rounds. The Defenders of Splatalot, an international squad of nine medieval-themed gladiators, do their best to protect the castle from the Attackers—only leaving one to be crowned King or Queen. The series was commissioned by YTV in Canada, BBC in the UK and ABC in Australia. This summer, Splatalot was rated a top-five kids program in the UK, with an 18.8% market share (source: Eurodata TV Worldwide). The comedy continues online, where users can play a series of online Flash games and create shareable highlight reels with the Highlight Shaker by mixing up their choices of the best splats, comments and Defender taunts. Produced by marblemedia.
In the Factual & Lifestyle genre, Distribution 360 will be representing the following:
Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition (13 x 1 hour competition series)
A cake competition series hosted by comedian and actress Caroline Rhea (The Caroline Rhea Show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Phineas & Ferb). Each episode features three cake designers who race against the clock to create one couple’s dream wedding cake. It is a high stakes competition with $5,000 up for grabs and a chance to have their cake design showcased on the bride and groom’s big day. In the end, it is up to the panel of three expert judges to choose the winner. The judges are Alexandria Pellegrino, award-winning cake designer to the stars and owner of Cake Opera Co., David MacCarfrae, renowned British royal cake designer and owner of David Cakes of Distinction, and Gordon Bailey, owner and executive chef of Lot 30. Cake Walk airs on Slice in Canada. Produced by Buck Productions.
What’s in a Name? (13 x 30’ episodes; interactive elements)
A factual entertainment series that takes viewers on a fun and exciting romp through history, telling the stories of the names we know best—from perfume to hockey teams, cars to cocktails. Every episode begins with someone who needs to name something: a newly invented electric car, a mouth-watering chocolate bar, a baby about to be born. Along the way, experts and celebrities offer advice. Actor George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) gives tips on naming beer and wrestling legends Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan weigh in on punchy names in the ring. We look at which names have worked throughout history, which haven’t, and why it matters. What’s in a Name? airs on History Television in Canada.
The WhatsInaName.com immersive website offers a cool dashboard of interactive elements including polls, quizzes and social media modules. The site also allows users to discover the meaning, popularity and origin of their own names, create and submit stories on names, and explore other users’ name stories. Produced by marblemedia.
Pure Pwnage (8 x 30’ live action episodes)
Jeremy is the greatest video gamer in the world. He is an unrivalled talent, but his talent can take him only so far. Specifically, as far as his Mom’s basement. Like many of the youth today, Jeremy is content spending the majority of his time in front of his computer honing his gaming skills and thoroughly embarrassing his online opponents. In the brief moments he’s not totally engaged in a video game, Jeremy fantasizes about a utopian future where gamers do nothing but play games all day through direct brain control. As far as he’s concerned, he should be rich and famous. The only problem is, when he leaves his mother’s suburban home for the real world, nobody cares! Pure Pwnage is produced by ROFLMAO.
Puppy SOS (8 x 30’ episodes)
A cute puppy can be the perfect family addition. What’s not to love? Her fluffy fur and soul-stirring eyes are just too cute. Five months later, the honeymoon is over… way over, and the novelty of the new puppy has worn off. In her place is a hairy little monster that bites, pees everywhere, and chews on all the furniture, creating tension within the family. A once harmonious home is now in domestic meltdown! It’s time to bring in Brad Pattison, a dog behaviourist and life coach, who is widely known for his tough love techniques and crazy antics. He’s the consummate dog lover and ultimate trainer—firm but gentle. In this fast-paced series, monster mutts are transformed into darling dogs, all while restoring peace within the family. Produced by White Iron Pictures.