Tuning in to MIPJunior

This year MIPJunior will play host to a slate of new series as well as fan-favorite properties such as "Hotel Transylvania," "Thomas & Friends" and many others.

With a smattering of new programs in development and fan-favorite series expanding into new markets, MIPJunior is gearing up to set records with more than 1,300 kids’ programs, projects and IPs on board for this year’s show.

The annual event for kids’ programming, which will take place Oct. 14-15 at the JW Marriott in Cannes, France, will certainly serve as a hub for new content this year. However, with so many programs in development, it will likely be up the buyers to determine which new series will be the next big thing among children. Here are a few IPs to consider that could also bud into a series of brand extensions.

In addition to its growing portfolio of content, Mattel Creations will kick off the MIPJunior World Premiere TV Screening with its new production “Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!” The premiere will also mark a huge transformation in content for the iconic children’s show.

“Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures” will see the famous train engine travel farther than ever before, taking kids on his adventures to experience new countries, learn about other cultures and make new friends along the way.

Meanwhile, Digital Television Russia and Signal Media will lead off the second MIPJunior World Premiere TV Screening with the new kids’ fantasy series “Heroes of Envell.” The new series follows four promising pupils–Art, Phil, Vik and Kira–after they find a laptop containing a mysterious game. The laptop turns out to be a portal to the game world with real adventures and dangers. Together, the pupils must defeat the evil genius Morgarth, who dreams of getting to Earth and gaining control of the population.

Mondo TV will showcase its popular series “Heidi, Bienvenida a Casa,” “Heidi Bienvenida Al Show,” “Yoohoo,” “Robot Trains,” “Invention Story,” “Sissi,” “Cubby Zoo,” “Adventures in Duckport,” “Partidei” and “Treasure Island.” The company recently revealed that the first season of “Heidi, Bienvenida a Casa” has launched in Israel on Yes Kidz Israel. Russia-based JSC First HDTV has also signed on to distribute the series throughout the region via pay TV.

Technicolor will debut the new CGI series “Chamelia,” which stars 6-year-old chameleon Chamelia Pickle, who changes color to match her feelings and embraces life with a “flare and style all her own.&rdquo

Meanwhile, Genius Brands International will showcase new animated series “Rainbow Rangers,” which is slated to premiere on Nick Jr. in 2018. Genius Brands will also highlight its tween brand “SpacePop.&rdquo

Nelvana will also be showcasing a host of new and fan-favorite properties including “Esme and Roy,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Mysticons,” “Ranger Rob” and “The ZhuZhus.&rdquo

>Next, MarVista Entertainment will unveil Platinum Films’ new preschool series “Dream Street.” The new series incorporates core learning principles and follows the adventures of Buddy the Magical Truck, Daisy the Police Car and their toy box friends as they tackle everyday challenges.

Next up, Calm Island will unveil the first episodes of its CGI-animated preschool series “Badanamu Cadets,” which is currently in production and set for delivery in January 2018. The new program will introduce six heroes-in-training who must work together to protect the balance of nature in Badanamu. The show first launched as a preschool educational brand in 2011, with a series of video shorts following in 2013. The series has also already been pre-sold to France’s Lagardere Active for its Gulli and Tiji channels, as well as to Cartoon Network Italy.

Nitro Circus has partnered with Propagate to handle the international distribution of its series and specials. Propagate will debut the Nitro Circus catalog during MIPCOM.

Fred Seibert, founder of Frederator Networks and chief creative officer of Wow! Unlimited Media, as well as Andy Yeatman, head of kids and family programming at Netflix, will host two keynote sessions that highlight their vision of the future of the kids’ animation industry in an on-demand environment.

Cartoon Network will also host a 25th anniversary panel featuring its chief content officer Rob Sorcher and chief marketing officer Michael Ouweleen on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11:45 a.m. local time.

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