Studio 100 Media Adds Live Action Series "Drop Dead Weird" and "Random and Whacky" to its Catalog
Munich, October, 16th 2017 – Studio 100 Media has acquired the international distribution rights for “Drop Dead Weird” and “Random and Whacky”, two new live action series from Australia, which will be introduced at Mipcom, stand R7.C15 (Studio 100 Media) and R7.H3 (m4e).
“Drop Dead Weird” (26 x 24’), created by Sally Browning and Dean Cropp, is an hilarious comedy series, targeting kids 6-12 years and a second season (26 x 24’) is already in development for 2019. The series is an Australian/Irish co-production by Ambience Entertainment, Air Pig Productions and Telegael. Studio 100 Media will be handling the worldwide distribution rights outside of the show’s home territories. The series premiered on 25 September 2017 on RTÈ2 (Ireland) and launches on 7TWO and KidsOn7 in Australia this October.
“Drop Dead Weird’ follows the antics of an Australian family who have moved to Ireland to run their family B&B in a remote seaside village. However, things are slightly more complicated for the three children with both their parents recently becoming zombified. The kids must navigate through a new town, school and surrounding while harbouring the enormous secret that their parents are zombies. Their schemes, ideas and unexpected twists of fate are a constant source of adventure and hilarity.
Also targeted at kids of 6-12 years, the live action comedy “Random and Whacky” (15 x 24’) created by Monica O’Brien is a fast-paced, unpredictable series which aims to encourage kids to unleash their inner creativity. Season 2 (15 x 24’) is already in development, slated for delivery by end of 2019. Studio 100 Media will be distributing all rights worldwide, excluding Australia. The series premiered on Australia’s Channel 11 in summer 2017.
“Random and Whacky” is a top-secret agency that solves the problems faced by real life kids. A team of super agents provides advice to kids that no one would ever hear from a parent or teacher. Their solutions may not work, but they are always hilarious.
In February 2017 the Studio 100 Group acquired the majority interest in m4e AG. Both companies will from now on make use of all synergies concerning their national and international activities and, cooperating closely – from the very first idea to a kids’ smile in one of the theme parks. Under the roof of Studio 100 one of the largest European companies for children’s and family entertainment is now formed.
About Studio 100 Media
Studio 100 Media is an international production and distribution company within the children’s and family entertainment sector. Based in Munich, Germany, the company is a 100 percent subsidiary of Belgian firm Studio 100. The Company develops and acquires new content, engages in co-production and co-financing activities and is also responsible for the international distribution of its own and third party rights. Studio 100 Media’s business model is the perfect vertical and horizontal integration of its IP’s. In marketing its license rights the Company pursues a global strategy within sectors ranging from Content Distribution, Licensing and Home Entertainment through to Theatrical Movies, Stage Shows and Theme Parks. www.studio100media.com
About m4e AG
The m4e Group, founded in 2003, is an international brand management and media company focussing on children’s and family entertainment content. m4e AG is a leader in creation, production, distribution and marketing of animated and live action programming. Its library of more than 2,300 episodes features some of the most recognizable brands such as “Lizzie McGuire”, “Mia and me®”, “Tip the Mouse”, “Wissper”, “Miffy”, “Rainbow Fish” and “Conni”.
The m4e Group includes Tex-ass Textilvertriebs GmbH, Telescreen B.V., m4e Television GmbH, the joint venture companies Hahn & m4e Productions GmbH and YEP! TV Betriebs GmbH & Co.KG, as well as m4e Licensing & Merchandising, a full service agency/division that represents international entertainment brands such as “Beyblade”, “Yo-kai Watch” or “Super Wings”. Since July 2007, m4e AG is listed on the Entry Standard at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: DE000A0MSEQ3).
m4e Group – key facts:
– The full value‐added chain from one source
– Library of nearly 2,300 episodes of best children and family program
– Award‐winning shows in over 150 territories worldwide
– New shows in development/production: “Mia and me®” (season 4, feature film), “The Beatrix Girls” and many more
About Ambience Entertainment
Ambience Entertainment was founded in 1989 and lead by an innovative creative team, Ambience is an award winning an award winning producer of quality family entertainment.
Ambience Entertainment has feature film, television drama and children’s live action focused divisions with a highly experienced team who bring with them qualifications and specialty backgrounds allowing us to create, finance, produce and distribute entertainment content that is cutting edge and of the highest quality. This reputation has earned Ambience Entertainment recognition as an industry leader.
About Air Pig Productions
Air Pig Productions is a Sydney-based full service independent production company. Air Pig produces high-quality long and short-form original programs, including factual one-offs and series, formats, children’s television and commercial content for a variety of audiences worldwide. Recent productions include the 13 x 24 min teen factual series Blue Zoo and the 32 x 5 min children’s factual series This Is Me. Air Pig is a sister company to Emerald Films.
Established in 1988, our multi-Emmy® and IFTA award winning studio works with international producers, distributors and broadcasters to develop, finance and co-produce animation and live-action content for the global market. Our client list includes some of the biggest names in global broadcasting including ZDF, Disney, Discovery Kids, France Television, Super-RTL, KIKA, BBC, Nickelodeon, PBS Sprout and Cartoon Network. We have co-produced more than 750 hours of television. Our productions have been distributed to over 140 territories throughout the world and have been translated into more than 40 languages.