Cannes, 6th October 2015. While “Zorro The Chronicles” was officially launched during the MIPJunior World Premiere Screening, its producer Cyber Group Studios announces a raft of presales.
Paris-based “Zorro the Chronicles” (26×22’) – written by Pierre Sissmann and Annabelle Perrichon, directed by Olivier Lelardoux, and designed by Georges Bouchelaghm and Christrophe Rendu – is an action comedy geared to 6-12 boys and girls. Produced by Cyber Group Studios in collaboration with John Gertz’s Zorro Production International and Blue Spirit Studios for France Télévisions and RAI, the series has already been snapped-up by a wide range of major broadcasters worldwide : Turner and Citel (France), RTVE Clan (Spain), RTS (Switzerland), VRT and RTBF (Belgium), TV2 (Norway), YLE (Finland), NPO (Netherlands), ETV (Estonia), TéléQuébec (Canada), Minimax (Eastern Europe), Globosat (Brazil), Spectrum (Indonesia), TV5 Worldwide, LRT (Lithuania) etc. And Cyber Group is also in discussion with the US, Germany, the Middle East, Italian-speaking Switzerland, Denmark, and major broadcasters in Asia and Latin America. New deals are to be announced after the end of the market.
“The whole creative team has put so much passion into the series that we are thrilled with this worldwide enthusiasm and support, says Pierre Sissmann. We took months of research into Zorro’s original roots – including California history, backgrounds, people, etc.- to fully understand the DNA of Zorro ; and broadcasters from all continents are now convinced by this revisited and modernized version of the series.”
“Zorro is an eternal hero, who doesn’t need to have super powers in order to ensure justice,” tells John Gertz, President and CEO, Zorro Productions, Inc. “Generations of kids have enjoyed watching Zorro’s adventures for justice and have identified themselves to him. I am certain that this will continue with “Zorro the Chronicles” series”, which brings Zorro into the 21st century to new generations.
“We are very proud to offer to a new generation of kids exclusively on Sunday, October 18th on France 3, this 3D animated version of the exciting, iconic character, Zorro. It’s a pleasure, ever renewed, to follow the adventures of the most famous caped hero, motivated by his unstinting love of justice and freedom, defeating his enemies without using violence but rather by making them become a laughing stock! The brilliant work of Cyber Group Studios production, the originality of the stories and the quality of the animation will captivate both families and children who will undoubtedly appreciate seeing this revisited and modernized version of a loved classic on France 3,” explained Tiphaine de Raguenel, Head of Youth Programs for France Télévisions.
“The character of Zorro has been accompanying for decades generations of kids in their search for adventure, courage, integrity and fight for justice” – said Luca Milano, head of Animation production at the Italian broadcaster RAI – “The new series “Zorro the Chronicles”, thanks to the modernity of the script and its visual strength, will bring those values to the kids of today and tomorrow. In November, during the Rome Fiction Fest, we will present the Italian version of the series that will be broadcast on Rai Gulp channel early next year.”