DHX Media has secured an exclusive agreement with Nickelodeon International to bring its new kids’ series Dorg Van Dango to audiences around the world.
Under the agreement, Dorg Van Dango – a Canada-Ireland co-production from DHX Media and Cartoon Saloon – will air exclusively on Nickelodeon International’s channels in the UK, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe and Latin America.
It will also broadcast across Asia (excluding China), India, the Middle East and North Africa. The commissioning broadcaster, Family Channel will air the new series in Canada.
“The world of Dorg Van Dango is really hilarious and quirky,” said Josh Scherba, president, DHX Media.
“What kid wouldn’t want a super-cool unicorn, a curious alien, an ancient witch and an eerie ghost as his secret, new best friends? When these escapees from Area 51 look to ‘normal kid’ Dorg Van Dango for help, things get crazy. Alongside the team at Cartoon Saloon, we’ve created something really fun and special here, and we’re confident Nickelodeon’s international audience is going to love following the adventures of Dorg and his unusual new friends.”
Layla LEwis, SVP global acquisitions and partnerships, Nickelodeon, added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with DHX and Cartoon Saloon on Dorg Van Dango. The vibrant, fun, fresh look of the series and unique stories of friendship, are a perfect fit for Nickelodeon and we look forward to introducing Dorg and the Magicals to our audience internationally.”
“I want to thank the very clever people at Nickelodeon for joining Cartoon Saloon and our wonderful colleagues at DHX Media on this journey to bring Dorg and his friends to an international audience,” said Paul Young, CEO of Cartoon Saloon.
“Our Emmy-winning comedy writer, Nick Murphy, has been leading a team of Irish and Canadian writers to create scripts that have left me crying laughing. Our creative team of Fabian Erlinghauser, from Cartoon Saloon, and Matt Ferguson, from DHX Media, are preparing a show that has a very colourful, original look. Something fresh for a new generation of kids out there. We’re all very excited.”
The animated comedy for six to 11-year-olds follows the adventures of Dorg, a normal kid, living in the very normal town of Normill. That is, until he meets The Magicals: Jet Lazor, the unicorn; Patronella, an ancient witch; RD, a curious alien; and Yooki, an eerie ghost. They are all escapees from Area 51 and are in desperate need of help and refuge.
To have them blend in with the citizens of Normill, Dorg disguises them as teenagers and hides them in the basement in the local shopping mall.
The series is expected to roll out internationally in 2020.
Dorg Van Dango is based on an original idea by Fabian Erlinghäuser (Song of the Sea, Moone Boy) and Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner, The Secret of Kells) and is developed and produced with assistance from Fís Éirean/Screen Ireland and Creative Europe.
Cartoon Saloon handles writing, designs, storyboards and post-production as well as distribution in Ireland and the UK, and DHX Media handles voice records, character and background builds, animation, and distribution rest-of-world.