Including with Russia’s Leading Children’s Channel Carousel
Dublin, Ireland – November 17 2020 – 9 Story Distribution International is pleased to announce that it has secured multiple international sales for the first season of the 3D animated preschool series Dr. Panda (39×7 min), including a license with Russia’s leading children’s channel Carousel, which premiered the series earlier this month. Other new broadcast deals include True Visions (Thailand), Somos TV (multi-territory, Spanish), MOLA TV (Indonesia) and WOW Unlimited (Canada).
9 Story previously announced sales to Cartoonito (Italy), RTL Kids (Netherlands, Luxembourg), YLE (Finland), TVNZ (New Zealand), HITN (Latin America and Spanish-speaking USA), Roku (US), and Azoomee (US, UK, Eire, Sweden, Malta and South Africa).
9 Story acquired worldwide distribution rights to Dr. Panda, excluding China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and select rights within MENA in September 2018. Based on the worldwide sensation and award-winning app franchise that has over 300 million downloads and 7 million active users per month, the program is Dr. Panda’s first 3D series. A second season of the series (39 x 7 min) is now in production, with delivery anticipated in fall 2021.
Developed for children ages 3-6, Dr. Panda is created and produced by Lin Yan with Giggle Garage (Origanimals, Kazoops, Cam and Leon) and Spider Eye (Jungle Junction, Thomas & Friends, The Happos Family). The series is written by Daan Velsink (Panic!, Snapshot, Bingo!) and Chris Parker (Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep) and directed by Patrick Chin and Wip Vernooij (Moshi Monsters, Wellie Wishers).
The series takes place in the wonderful world of Panda City, where every day Dr. Panda tries out a new job working together with his friends. A mix-up at the post office? A chicken stuck in a tree? Carrots mysteriously disappearing? No problem! With a dash of creativity and a good deal of teamwork, Dr. Panda always saves the day!
About 9 Story Distribution International
9 Story Distribution International is the international distribution arm of 9 Story Media Group, a leading content creator, producer and distributor of kids & family focused intellectual property. Recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Wild Kratts, Barney and Garfield and Friends, 9 Story Distribution International represents over 4,200 half hours of animated and live action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms. With facilities in Toronto, New York, Dublin, Manchester and Bali, 9 Story Media Group employs more than 1,100 creative and corporate staff.
About Dr. Panda
Since the launch of its first title in 2012, Dr. Panda has successfully pioneered as a global leader in the realm of children’s edutainment, developing state-of-the-art applications, toys, and animations. The brand prides itself on delivering innovative, kid-friendly products used to enhance cognitive development at the early learning stages via a digital perspective. Proudly boasting over 300 million downloads to date, its open-ended, free play philosophy reflects its popularity among both kids and their parents. An expansion from app development to augmented reality toys saw the launch of its multi-award winning Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer in Apple Stores across the United States and China in 2017, with its latest venture, Dr. Panda the animated series set to finish production at the end of 2018. Based out of Shanghai and Chengdu, China, Dr. Panda employs around 70 team members comprised of both local and international talent.