Leading Russian animation company Riki Group has closed a content package deal with the U.S. on-demand kids entertainment service Toon Goggles. The company has also sealed a deal with Good TV for its flagship series “The Fixies,” and shared an exclusive trailer for its upcoming season exclusively with Variety. Both deals were announced during the Key Buyers Event.
The package deal with Toon Goggles, which includes the popular titles “Kikoriki,” “BabyRiki” and “PinCode,” is for English language rights worldwide. Toon Goggles is a privately held, ad-supported OTT children’s service with thousands of cartoons and live-action videos that are kid-safe and parent-friendly. The global service is available on a range of devices, including mobile, set-top boxes and connected TVs.
“Riki Group is a leader in the licensing and development of Russian animation, and we are pleased to partner with them to bring their long-running shows to Toon Goggles,” said the company’s CEO, Stephen L. Hodge. “We know worldwide audiences will enjoy their fun characters and storylines.”
Riki Group’s head of international development Anna Mysskaya praised the deal for expanding the reach of the company’s popular toons. “‘Kikoriki’ turned 18 this year. They have changed modern Russian animation and several generations have grown up on it,” she said. “We are happy that new little viewers will get to know our characters both in Russia and around the world. We are looking forward to our collaboration with Toon Goggles with great anticipation.”
“The Fixies” (pictured) will be distributed by free-to-air network Good TV in Taiwan and Philippines. The hit series, which follows tiny human-like creatures who keep our technological world running smoothly, has been sold to more than 80 countries. The animated critters have also starred in two movies: “The Fixies: Top Secret” (2017) and “Fixies vs. Crabots” (2019). The agreement with Good TV was brokered by the series’ sales agent Play Big.
In addition, Riki Group announced that “Kikoriki,” “BabyRiki” and “PinCode” will be released this summer on Sensical, the new free, ad-supported streaming service from Common Sense Media.
Russian distribution company Pioner Cinema will also bring special family program “Kikoriki and Friends” to cinemas across the country. “This collaboration is the unique opportunity to create a special family experience for our beloved little and adult fans by arranging this massive cinema release,” said Mysskaya.
During the Key Buyers Event, Riki Group will present new seasons of its internationally known projects, and premiere new materials on its upcoming comedy and adventure features “Finnick” and “Teddy Boom,” and its latest TV series “Beardy Bodo.”
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