Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series is going global.
Turner Broadcasting has acquired the broadcast rights to the animated series based on the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs feature film franchise for their Boomerang channels in EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America after striking a far-reaching deal with international distributor DHX Media, TVWise has learned.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series takes place before the first film and follows Flint Lockwood, a high school tween with big dreams who suffers from NFD: Non Fish-related Dreams. He wants to be a serious scientist and maybe one day not have his inventions blow up in his face. Other characters from the films set to appear in the series include Sam Sparks, Flint’s Dad Tim, Steve the Monkey, Manny, Earl, Brent and Mayor Shelbourne, who wins every election on the pro-sardine platform.
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has a huge global fan-base following the successful movie franchise and we are confident that the equally whacky and wonderful TV series will resonate with children and families globally”, said Josh Scherba, Senior Vice-President of Distribution at DHX Media.
The series has been in the works for more than a year, with DHX Media announcing at last year’s MIPCOM that they were teaming with Sony Pictures Animation to co-produce a 26 episode Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs TV series. The two companies subsequently scored a commission from Canadian broadcaster Teletoon. This wide-ranging licensing agreement with Turner marks the most significant deal that DHX has lined up for the series, which is being produced at DHX’s animation studio in Vancouver.
“As we continue to expand our programming line-up, we’re on the look-out for great content that whole families can enjoy”, added Cecilia Persson, Turner Broadcasting’s Vice-President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, International. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs offers exactly that and we’re delighted to have acquired the series for Boomerang right across our international markets”.