'Niko 2', 'Richard The Stork' Sold to Multiple Territories
COLOGNE, Germany – Proving there is an appetite for animated 3D children's fare from companies other than Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and other heavyweights, German sales group Global Screen closed multiple territory deals for two of its European-made 3D animated features, Richard the Stork and Niko 2, the sequel to the hit holiday title Niko & The Way to the Stars.
Niko 2 sold to Metrodome in the U.K.; Chinese distributor Flame; Intersonic/Abbey Road for the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary; and Babilla Cine for Colombia. The film has already been released in the U.S. via Grindstone and Netflix, in France (Millimages), CIS (MGN Films), Benelux (Bridge Rights), Poland (Kino Swiat) and Germany (Universum Film), among other territories. Also titled Little Brother, Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure, the film tells the story of reindeer Jonni, stepbrother to the first film's hero, Niko, who is kidnapped by eagles, triggering a rescue attempt by Niko and his friends.
Global Screen sold Richard the Stork, the tale of a sparrow raised by storks and convinced he is one himself, to CIS (Cinemax), Middle East (Gulf), Portugal (Lusomundo) and India/Philippines (Pictureworks). Bona Entertainment in China, South Korean distributor Woo Sung Entertainment and Poland's Kino Swiat picked up the title earlier this year.