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Saban Brands and Cirque du Soleil on Saturday unveiled their first TV co-production, Luna Petunia, a preschool series inspired by the Quebec-based circus troupe.
Veteran kids TV writer Bradley Zweig (Sid the Science Kid, Krypto) will serve as showrunner for the cross-platform project about a little girl ?who? plays ?in ?a ?dreamland where she ?learns ?how ?to ?make ?the impossible ?possible. The TV series, showcased at MIP Jr. during a networking lunch, will be accompanied by a consumer ?products line and interactive and digital ?content. ?
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Saban Brands, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, in February 2014 pacted with Cirque du Soleil Media to co-produce kids TV series with online content and merchandising spinoffs. Saban Brands, best known for its Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation titles, was launched in 2010 to acquire and develop kids properties with consumer brand potential.
“We ?are ?enjoying ?this ?fantastic ?journey ?with ?Cirque ?du ?Soleil ?Media as ?we ?collaborate ?on ?our ?upcoming ?series, ?Luna Petunia,” ?said ?Saban Brands president Elie Dekel on Saturday during the annual kids TV buying and selling bazaar in Cannes. “Along ?with ?our ?showrunner ?Bradley ?Zweig, ?Cirque ?and ?Saban’s ?creative ?vision is ?becoming ?a ?reality ?as ?we ?bring to ?life ?a groundbreaking, ?immersive ?new ?preschool ?series.”?
Rights holder Saban Brands is partnering with another Canadian-based media group, Lionsgate, to do a movie reboot of its iconic Power Rangers TV property.
Cirque du Soleil Media is a joint venture between Cirque du Soleil and Canadian media giant Bell Media, and is charged with creating film, TV, digital and gaming content for worldwide distribution.
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