41Entertainment lands first SVOD and broadcast deals for animated series S.M.A.S.H

HBO Max has signed a new deal with 41 Entertainment that grants it the First Window Exclusive SVOD rights to the company’s new animated series S.M.A.S.H in the US. The streaming platform is joined by Super RTL in Germany who has secured the exclusive content rights for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

41 Entertainment will launch the new animated series on a global scale in 2022. Discovery Family Channel and Discovery Familia in the US has already secured the exclusive linear rights to the series.

S.M.A.S.H is set at a one-of-a-kind sleepaway camp located on Lake Sebastian in Bavaria, Germany where four kids with superpowers – Streak (St Petersburg, Russia), Rocket (Cape Town, South Africa), Flare (Glasgow, Scotland) and Vitoria (São Paulo, Brazil) – are preparing to become the next generation of superheroes.

At the center of this super heroic action team is Mei Lien, a clever and charismatic mechanical genius from Guangzhou, China. Mei Lien is a tehc whizz and inventor of many of the SMASH kids’ customised vehicles and gadgets.

Created by Allen Bohbot and based on an original idea by Kaaren Lee Brown, S.M.A.S.H has been developed for television by Kaaren Lee Brown and Kiersten Halstead, illustrated by Mel Bontrager, and executive produced by Allen Bohbot. The series is planned to launch in 2022 worldwide from the same creative and production team as the international hit Super Monsters.

“We have built a great team of writers to bring the S.M.A.S.H adventures to life, including Josh Haber (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Skylanders Academy, Spider-Man) and Eric Rogers (Skylanders Academy, Futurama, Brickelberry),” said Halstead.

“We are also fortunate to have a fantastic production team to build out the Camp S.M.A.S.H world. Each episode focuses on fun and engaging superhero adventures that require teamwork, problem solving, and a sense of humour.”

Nancy Koff, VP, sales and marketing, added: “It is thrilling to be announcing an initial line-up of such stellar international broadcasters. The response from the market to S.M.A.S.H has been very encouraging and we look forward to announcing additional broadcasters and platforms soon.

“We believe the property is attractive to customers worldwide due to the high quality CG animation, cultural diversity of characters, and earnest storylines, which revolve around the children honing their skills and powers, while realizing how much they still need to learn in order to become a superhero like their parents Torpedo, Silver Streak, Rocket Man and Flame.”

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