Chorion inks slew of deals for 'Olivia'

Animated series sells in France, Canada, Latin America

CANNES -- U.K.-based Chorion has signed a raft of deals for its new children's television series "Olivia."

The company has secured deals for the preschool animated series with TF1 in France, Nick Jr. U.K., Treehouse in Canada, Danmarks Radio, and Disney Latin America.

Credited as one of the most-viewed new shows at 2007's MIPCOM Jr., "Olivia" is a Nickelodeon (U.S.) commission, which was previously picked up by Five in the U.K., ABC Australia, YLE Finland, SVT Sweden, NRK Norway and RUV Iceland. "Olivia" will begin airing worldwide in the spring.

" 'Olivia' is proving to be incredibly popular as both a television and licensed property," Chorion senior vp Geraint Marsh said.

"Olivia," about a 6-year-old with a vivid imagination, is based on the books written and illustrated by Ian Falconer. The 3-D CGI series was animated by Brown Bag Films.