EMI, Moonscoop ink dist'n deal


PARIS -- EMI Music France and French animation group Moonscoop-Taffy Entertainment have signed an agreement giving EMI exclusive distribution rights to music from all current and future series in Moonscoop's catalog, the companies said Wednesday.

EMI Label One, a leader in European musical formats based on animated series, and Moonscoop-Taffy plan to combine their resources for the marketing of a wide range of musical products including albums, clips, compilations, karaoke and mobile formats for such current series as "Code Lyoko," "Alien Bazar," "Funky Cops," "Titeuf," "The Fantastic Four" and "Doctor Dog."

"I'm very happy to have signed this unique agreement with Moonscoop-Taffy Entertainment. The large range of products in this catalog demands the use of a variety of musical distribution and marketing tools which is by definition EMI Label One's field of expertise," EMI Label One director Fred Juarez said.

"We have very strong products in Europe, as in the U.S., and we will work closely with EMI Label One in order to make a complete success out of this partnership based on the existing catalog and on our future productions, such as 'Casper' for example," Moonscoop-Taffy co-president Benoit di Sabatino said.

EMI is a music powerhouse operating directly in 50 countries with a catalog of more than 1,300 artists worldwide.

Moonscoop, a European leader in the production and operation of animated series for television, develops and produces an average of six series per year in partnership with global players in the youth market.