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The Spanish distributor has obtained several contracts for Mondo Yan (pictured) with broadcasters such as Clan TV (LatAm), Minika (Turkey), Discovery (MENA), Omri Batz (Israel), Trans 7 (Indonesia), Astro (Malaysia) and streamers Primo (US) and TTNET (Turkey). Co-pro of Imira, TV3, Telegael, Toonz Media Group and Melon Prodüksiyon, the CG-animated comedy-adventure series for children ages six to nine is about a trio of unlikely heroes who protect a peaceful land from a villain mean. Mondo Yan is already airing on Primo and Minika, and will launch on TV3 in Spain in July.
London-based distributor has picked up animated series ABC of sunny rabbits (61 x 1.5 minutes) from Digital Light Studios in Minsk. Released on the Sunny Bunnies YouTube channel in April, the short film will teach preschoolers about letters, numbers and colors through a mix of live activities and animation.
Media IM has already signed new offers for Sunny bunnies (124 x five minutes). Brazilian TV Cultura will air seasons one through three in April, while AVOD Kidoodle.TV has picked up season five. WildBrain Television acquired seasons three and four for its Family Jr, Telemagino, Family and Family CHRGD channels. And the first three seasons head to SVOD Premier ONE in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The LEGO Foundation has teamed up with the British company Play Included to train teachers and psychologists in the therapeutic use of LEGO for neurodivergent children, as part of the LEGO Brick-by-Brick program.
As part of the expansion, companies are creating new tools to track children’s progress; initiate studies to explore how play helps children with ADHD, anxiety and trauma; and the creation of new training resources to improve the reach and effectiveness of the program. Practical guides and updated training protocols will be ready by the end of 2021.
Brick-by-Brick aims to help neurodivergent children between the ages of five and 18 use LEGO bricks to socialize and express themselves. The program also helps schools form brick clubs where children can work together to create their own LEGO creations in small teams.
The company’s Wow Kidz animation division has partnered with UK publisher Twinkl to create a range of educational materials based on Vir: The robot boy.
Including activity sheets, writing prompts, and coloring sheets, the new educational resources launching this week on Twinkl India’s website feature characters from the preschool animated series about a robot boy struggling with evil with his friends.