Maurizio Distefano the evolution of Licensing enhanced its portfolio with the agreement with Toonbox animation studio
Milan, 26 November 2016: Maurizio Distefano and Toonbox announce they reached an agreement for the management of the licensing project in Italy for Kit^n^Kate, the preschoolers animated series which is recording over 160 millions of viewers at the official YouTube channel. Kit^n^Kate is a cartoon that captures the children for its adventures, fun and for the important educational message that underlies every single episode. The series is currently on air in Eastern Europe, Russia, Finland, Benelux, Australia, South Korea, Portugal, Middle East, Africa and expanding to the new territories in the near future. In addition, the show has been extended by two seasons with 102 episodes to be available by 2019 with a strong Consumer Products support by Rovio Entertainment Ltd., who acts as a master CP licensee worldwide.
The main characters of the animated series are two kittens, Kit and Kate, who play in a magic box that transports them into new worlds where they live fantastic adventures. Playing in these new worlds will make great discoveries and learn on their skin, thanks to the intervention of their parents, what are the behaviors that should not be kept and those that should be encouraged. The series was created by the authors of animation and entertainment such as Mike de Seve (Angry Birds Toons, Kablam!, Over the Hedge), Susan Kim (Pocoyo, Arthur, Are You Afraid of the Dark?), Jymn Magon (Duck Tales, Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Quack Pack, A Goofy Movie) and Michael Mennies (The Fixies, Kikoriki).
Maurizio Distefano, President of the homonymous agency, commented: “I am very satisfied with the results obtained by my agency over the past two years. Among the main key points that have led to the success of the agency they are: the ability to look ahead and anticipate market trends by offering our customers the brands and innovations before they become known to the general public and the highest level of professionalism and service that we offer for the all the duration of our collaboration. Kit^n^Kate is a series not yet known to the general public in Italy but has already enjoyed huge success online and in the countries where it’s broadcasted, it is an animated series with the excellent quality and with a simple narrative and attractive. We are sure it will be a great success also in Italy.”
Pavel Muntyan, CEO of Toonbox Animation Studio commented: “We are extremely pleased to announce the start of the co-operation with Maurizio Distefano in Italy. We believe that the success Maurizio and his team brought to the other brands in Italy can also be achieved with Kit’n’Kate. Additionally we are excited with the fact that MDL believed in our brand on the early stages of its success and expressed eagerness to work with us and develop the brand together”.
Toonbox Animation is an animation studio based in Paphos, Cyprus that has produced more than 260 animation episodes, with more than 12 hours of high-quality animation content recognized around the world for its creativity and production excellence. Today the company’s portfolio contains a number of animation shows at various stages of production. The major series are Qumi-Qumi, Kit^n^Kate, Mr. Freeman and Shaman’s Quest.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd., based in Espoo, Finland, is the creator of Angry Birds™, the casual mobile game that changed an industry and became an international phenomenon. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded series of games of all time, it is a renowned entertainment brand that has branched out into animation, licensing and more. The Angry Birds Movie was released in May 2016. www.rovio.com