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Premium animation and family entertainment content distributor Media I.M. has licensed its social-purpose animated series Flying Animals and spin-off series Kids and Flying Animals to New York-based digital aggregator Janson Media.

Flying Animals 23May2019Flying Animals is a fantasy comedy series aimed at children aged six to nine. The storylines centre on a country of musical animals, who are given wings to reward them for their courage in trying to change their lives for the better. The series was originally developed by the St Petersburg-based animation studio DA, whose impressive community activities include conducting animation-therapy sessions to teach children suffering from cancer how to create cartoons.

Honouring this spirit of philanthropy, Media I.M. teamed up with UK-based charity Hope For Children, when it first acquired Flying Animals and continues to donate the distribution profits from the series to the charity’s ‘Your Business, Their Lives’ initiative. Hope For Children’s mission is to ensure that every child has a happy, healthy and positive childhood.

Under the pan-territory deal, which covers the English-speaking territories, Janson Media has acquired the exclusive AVOD, SVOD and TVOD/EST rights to the franchise for the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, India, Australia and New Zealand. Janson Media’s clients include major broadcasters and home-entertainment companies and the company also has direct relationships with the tier-one digital video platforms including Amazon, YouTube, Netflix, iTunes, Twitch, Hulu and Facebook.

Originally produced in Russian, Janson Media will join efforts with Kip Kaplan, the director of Audioworks Producers Group in New York to dub both Flying Animals (44 x 6:30’) and Kids and Flying Animals (56 x 1:45’) into English. Both series have also been dubbed into Portuguese and Mandarin after earlier deals with, respectively, RTP for Portugal and Sino Media in Beijing for mainland China.

“The Flying Animals series is a wonderfully produced animation that is not only entertaining but provides an excellent model of doing better in the world through their partnership with the Hope For Children charity,” said Jesse Janson, EVP of acquisitions at Janson Media. “We are excited to work with Media I.M. to ensure that Flying Animals is properly released across digital streaming platforms and reaches as many viewers as possible.”

Maria Ufland, co-founder of Media I.M. added: “This and every deal for Flying Animals is, of course, hugely satisfying, but what makes this one special is that we now have an English-language version of this enchanting series. That opens up many more markets for us, which in turn means we can do even more to help Hope For Children, since every penny we raise goes to this incredibly worthy cause. But the Flying Animals are very far from a ‘charity’ proposition — they more than stand up to the competition in terms of production quality and entertainment value, which is why both series have been huge hits in Russia. It’s wonderful to see that our belief in this genuinely unique project is starting to pay off.”