13th October 2005
Jetix Europe Acquires 26 x half hour animated series Galactik Football
• Jetix Europe acquires 26 x half-hour animated series for kids 8-12, to debut on Jetix Europe channels from Spring 2006
• JCP (Jetix Consumer Products) to manage home video rights, licensing and merchandising rights for Europe
• Jetix Latin America acquires Pay TV rights for Latin America
Amsterdam, The Netherlands and London, UK – Jetix Europe N.V. (AMEX: JETIX; Reuters: JETIX.AS; Bloomberg: JETIX.NA), today announced the acquisition of animated action series Galactik Football, from French animation house Alphanim.
Galactik Football, designed to appeal to kids aged 8-12, will debut on Jetix Europe’s channels from Spring 2006 during Jetix’s international kids football tournament the Jetix Kids Cup. Galactik Football charts the progress of the Snow Kids, a football team from the planet Akillian as they immerse themselves in the emotion and adventure of competing for the prestigious ‘Galactik Football Cup’. Our heroes master the art of using Flux, a powerful form of magic which raises the stakes and sees the team face both triumph and sabotage.
Devised and produced by Alphanim, Galactik Football is a vibrant mix of 2D and toon-shaded 3D elements created in Paris by Alphanim’s in-house team. To bring the dynamics of an authentic football match to life, Alphanim used ‘motion capture’, which involved filming teams of real professional footballers and stunt experts and tracking their movements. The series is set to achieve a level of sporting excitement and hyper-realistic action not seen before in TV animation.
Jetix Europe holds all Pay TV rights for Europe and the Middle East and JCP (Jetix Consumer Products International) is managing the licensing rights to the series for Europe. In addition JCP will manage home video rights for Europe, excluding France. JCP will focus on the sports potential of the property by licensing all product categories, drawing on the enthusiasm generated by the World Cup and the huge popularity of football. In addition Jetix Latin America has acquired the Pay TV rights for Latin America where the series is set to launch in 2006.
Galactik Football will premiere during the build up to the international final of the Jetix Kids Cup, Jetix’s award-winning football tournament for kids. The international final will take place in Munich, Germany, in July 2006 at around the same time as the World Cup.
Michael Lekes, Senior Vice President Programming, Jetix Europe, says:
“Galactik Football is set to inject a vibrant mix of action, adventure, suspense and fantasy into the line-up on our Jetix Channels. Not only does the series bring galaxy-class team work and football to our Jetix audience in a World Cup year, it also wraps perfectly into Jetix’s international kids football event the Jetix Kids Cup.”
Clément Calvet, Producer, Alphanim says:
"We are particularly excited to be able to work with Jetix Europe on this new TV series and on the building of the Galactik Football brand at an international level. This partnership is also a tremendous reward and the proof of Alphanim’s ever-growing capacity to produce and sell great shows. With Galactik Football also comes the opportunity to use the possibilities offered by animation at their best, encompassing as many tools as an exciting story about challenge, be it physical or spiritual, state-of-the-art graphic designs, and the power and thrill of watching motion-captured football sequences.”
Mel Alcock, Senior Vice President of Commercial Affairs, Jetix Europe added:
“Galactik Football is a fantastic addition to our Jetix licensing line-up and allows us to enhance the TV series potential off-screen as well. 2006 is a key year for football and JCP will ensure the creation of an inspirational sports-themed product line."