'Poko' scores U.S., Latin America pickups


TORONTO -- Canadian producer Halifax Film has seen its animated preschool series "Poko" picked up by U.S.-based Discovery Kids and Discovery Kids Latin America.

Nova Scotia-based Halifax Films said that Decode Enterprises, its international distribution arm, sold the Spanish-language TV rights in the U.S. to Discovery Kids, while the English, Spanish and Portuguese TV rights for Season 3 have gone to Discovery Kids Latin America.

All 109 episodes of the stop-motion animation series also have been sold to Italy's RaiSat, and the first 26 episodes have been picked up by Polmedia's Mini Mini cable and satellite channel.

Other sales include Season 3 of "Poko" on its way to Turkish digital broadcasting platform DigiTurk, in addition to a renewal for Seasons 1 and 2. And Hong Kong's ATV has picked up the second and third seasons, while Korea's digital satellite Skylife has done the same for its Kids-Talk-Talk channel.

Elsewhere, Korean broadcaster Pacific Bridge has obtained the home video rights for "Poko," while Australia's ABC2 has signed up for the second season.

"Poko" features the adventures of a preschooler and his favorite stuffed animal and mischievous canine pal.

Decode Enterprises handles the international rights to the series.