French animation studio Xilam Animation has secured a deal with DreamWorks Animation’s Classic Media for its new animated series, Mr. Magoo, based on the classic cartoon of the same name. DreamWorks has exclusively picked up all U.S. TV, home video, and VOD rights to season one. Mr. Magoo will then be available from Jan. 17, 2020 on CBS All Access streaming service.
Marc du Pontavice at Xilam Animation said, “Since debuting in fall 2018, Mr. Magoo has drawn strong ratings and captured the hearts of kids and their families around the world. The original version of Mr. Magoo was first created in the U.S. so we’re delighted DreamWorks has now come on board to introduce local audiences to our fresh take on this wonderfully candid and optimistic character, back where it all began 70 years ago.”
Originally commissioned by France Télévisions, Mr. Magoo currently airs on Turner’s Boomerang channel in France, Africa, the Middle East, Israel, Turkey, and Nordics; Cartoon Network (Asia); Discovery Kids (Latin America); Super RTL (Germany); VRT and RTBF (Belgium); SIC K (Portugal); RTVE (Spain); RTS (Switzerland); CITV (UK); Discovery; and DEA Kids (Italy), among other channels.
This latest deal expands Xilam’s U.S. footprint which includes its recently announced Netflix commission for CGI animated preschool series Oggy Oggy, based on the company’s franchise Oggy and the Cockroaches. Additionally, Xilam is in production on Disney+ original Chip ‘n’ Dale.