Canada's Thunderbird Films Steers 'Maya the Bee' into North America

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The Canadian distributor is taking the Canadian rights to the 3D animated series from Flemish producer Studio 100, and helping with U.S. sales.

TORONTO – Flemish kids TV producer Studio 100 Media has recruited Canadian indie producer Thunderbird Films to help secure a U.S. sale for its new Maya the Bee 3D animated series.

Vancouver-based Thunderbird also picked up the Canadian distribution rights to 39 half-hours of the CGI series based on the German adventure book Maya the Bee, which was written 100 years ago by Waldemar Bonsels.

The kids property has since been made into a comic book series and earlier TV cartoons.

“Thunderbird Films has extensive relationships with children’s networks throughout North America and an enthusiasm for this project that will drive its success,” Patrick Elmendorff, managing director of Studio 100 Media, said Tuesday.

Maya the Bee is aimed at 5 to 7 year-olds and has the main character, Maya, leaving her hive to discover the outside world and meet and play with other insect friends.

Studio 100 Animation SAS is producing Maya the Bee 3D in association with TF1 and ZDF, with Daniel Duda directing.