Kids First Secures Worldwide Distribution Rights As CANAL+ And RAI Commission New Animated Comedy THE CRUNCHERS
Paris-based children’s entertainment content distribution company Kids First has picked up the global rights to series.
The series will air on Canal+ in France and Poland, and on RAI Gulp and RAI Play in Italy in Fall 2023.
The Crunchers is created by Cédric Stephan and Aurélien Bouillon and developed by French studio Je Suis Bien Content.
French broadcaster Canal+ and Italian public broadcaster RAI have jointly commissioned The Crunchers, a brand new 52 x 11’ 2D animated comedy series targeting children aged 7+.
Paris-based children’s entertainment content distribution company Kids First has picked up the global rights to series, which will air on Canal+ in France and Poland, and on RAI Gulp and RAI Play in Italy in Fall 2023.
The Crunchers is created by Cédric Stephan and Aurélien Bouillon and developed by French studio Je Suis Bien Content. Currently in production, it is being co-produced by Torino-based studio Animato, which presold the series to RAI, and by Bulgarian studio Zmei, which presold the show to its national public broadcaster BNT.
“After the incredible success of our series Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese, we are thrilled to distribute a new family comedy with fish out of water characters and filled with slapstick comedy,” said Marie Lassal, Head of Sales at Kids First.
Supported by the CNC and MIBAC (Italian Ministry of Culture), as well as Europe Creative Media, The Crunchers tells the story of a family of Trolls who are forced to leave their home in the countryside and move to the big city, where they must adapt to human society while staying under cover.
About Je Suis Bien Content
Founded 26 years ago by Franck Ekinci and Marc Jousset, Je Suis Bien Content (aka JSBC) is a Paris-based award-winning studio actively producing animated features (“Persepolis”, “My Father’s Secrets” awarded this year in Cannes) and series (“Best Bugs”, “Last Man”). Last year, Watch Next became a major shareholder in JSBC.
Launched in 2020 in Turin and run by animation vet Elena Toselli, Animato is currently coproducing its first series, “The Crunchers”.
Studio Zmei is an animation and storytelling studio, created in 2015. Two of its main goals are developing the local commercial animation industry and bringing talented professionals back to Bulgaria, by creating jobs and exciting original IP. In the last few years Studio Zmei has been developing its team by working on different international collaborations and co-productions for the creation of exciting animated series.
About Kids First
Paris-based Kids First is a 2017-born international distributor, specializing in entertainment content for kids. The company sells the series produced by its shareholder Watch Next Media (Nate is Late, Hello Kitty: Super Style!, I Elvis Riboldi) and its daughter company Je Suis Bien Content (Best Bugs Forever, Nawak).