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MIPCOM 08: CBBC buys TV-L's Leon

CGI animated comedy series picked up by leading British children's channel.
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TV-Loonland has revealed that CBBC has acquired its new CGI animation Leon at Mipcom. The channel has committed to a pre-buy deal for exclusive TV and 'catch up' rights in the UK.

Leon is a co-production between TV-Loonland, Studio Hari and France 3, with TV-L holding all rights worldwide.

It follows the adventures of life's unluckiest lion - Leon - and has been inspired by some of the all-time animation classics, mixing slapstick, squash and stretch genius.

"We are so delighted to be working with TV-Loonland and Studio Hari again after our fantastic experience with The Owl," said Jesse Cleverly, head of acquisitions and original animation at CBBC. "Leon is already shaping up to be a floppy fringed favourite with our audience who will love the combination of a great character and brilliantly judged physical comedy."

Justine Bannister, head of distribution at TV-L, added: "Leon is pure animated genius. We have really enjoyed working with CBBC on The Owl and delighted that they have committed to Leon at such an early stage of development."