Two major brand new kids’ shows, the preschool series “Pikwik” from Guru Studio, and the teen vampire adventure “Heirs of the Night” presented by ZDF Enterprises, will have World Premiere TV Screenings at MIPJunior.
The world’s leading kids’ entertainment industry event, MIPJunior takes place on 12 and 13 October 2019 in Cannes, France, ahead of the world's entertainment content market MIPCOM, which runs 14-17 October.
“Pikwik” follows four adorable animals – Suki the hedgehog, Axel the raccoon, Tibor the hippo, and Hazel the cat – as they deliver magical packages filled with love to the kind citizens of Pikwik Cove. Every day brings a new surprise! 52 x 11-minute episodes will air on Disney Junior in the United States, Australia/New Zealand, India and Korea as well as on Treehouse in Canada. Playmates Toys is also on board as the global master toy partner. Guru Studio is distributing the series globally.
“We are honored to have Pikwik chosen for a World Premiere at this year's MIPJunior. We’ve created a series filled with adorable characters and packed with big adventure that shows children the value of teamwork and cooperation. We can’t wait to debut this exciting new series at MIPJunior,” said Frank Falcone, President and Executive Creative Director at Guru Studio.
The World Premiere TV Screening of “Pikwik” will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel on Saturday 12 October.
“Heirs of the Night” is set in the late 19th century, when the five remaining vampire clans in Europe learn that they need to unite to avoid extinction. The young heirs join forces at a vampire school on a ship, where they learn from each other to beat Dracula and the feared Redmasks, and face the vampire hunter Van Helsing.
The 13x26-minute series is coproduced by ZDF Enterprises, which is also handling international sales, and will bow this autumn on Norway’s NRK. Other broadcast partners include NDR in Germany, AVROTROS in the Netherlands, and the series is coproduced by Lemming Film, MAIPO Film Norway, Maze Pictures Germany, Scope Pictures, and Hamster Germany.
“We are extremely proud that the series ‘Heirs of the Night’ will have its World Premiere TV Screening at MIPjunior this autumn. It’s the very first European high-end vampire series for 10-years upwards, and moreover one that is created in partnership with three European public broadcasters. The world premiere slot in Cannes is a great platform to show the world our daring, fast-paced and engaging show for this target audience, an audience that we take very seriously,” said Fleur Winters, Co-CEO and Producer, Lemming Film.
The World Premiere TV Screening of “Heirs of the Night” will be held at the JW Marriott Hotel on Sunday 13 October. Watch the trailer here
“We’re delighted to announce these two World Premiere TV Screenings at MIPJunior, in association with ZDF Enterprises and Guru Studio. This eclectic selection responds to our clients’ demands for everything from pre-school animation to teen live-action,” said Lucy Smith, Director of MIPJunior.