MIPTV 09: Day One

A round up of some of the key deals struck during the first day of the Cannes event.
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It may have been grey and raining, but this didn't stop the many firms over in Cannes for MIPTV striking a number of deals on the first day of the marketplace.

Aardman Rights concluded several pre-sales for pre-school show, Timmy Time. Currently in production, the latest partners to sign up are Super RTL for Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland, while Nickelodeon has secured the show for Benelux. In addition, Aardman has added Estonian TV, Minimax for Hungary and CEE, Hop for Israel and Romania and Al Jazeera Children's Channels for the Middle East.

Home entertainment rights have been secured for Timmy Time by ABC Video for Australia, Big Picture Entertainment for Spain, SF Norge for Scandinavia, 2entertain for the UK and Eire, Mediaway for Poland, LNK for Portugal and Svietco Entertainment for Russia.

Meanwhile, BBC Worldwide has sold 3D animation 3rd and Bird to public service broadcaster SVT in Sweden and Al Jazeera in the Middle East.

Decode Enterprises inked a major US deal for new puppet series, Mighty Jungle, produced by Halifax Film. Sprout, the first 24-hour digital cable and satellite pre-school network available in over 47 million US home, has acquired the series.

Imira Entertainment has been appointed by Hit to represent its TV rights catalogue and home entertainment distribution in Spain and Portugal. Under the agreement, Imira will be the key licensing agent for such properties as Thomas & Friends and Bob the Builder in the territories.

Discovery Communications sealed a raft of international program sales and home video agreements for Deadliest Catch and Man Vs Wild.

Finally, The Jim Henson Company showcased its new CG animated series Dinosaur Train, inking the first European licensing agreement with Norway's NRK.

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