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Cartoon Network U.S acquires 3 marathon Media Properties: TOTALLY SPIES! (Season 5), TOTALLY SPIES! THE MOVIE and the brand new THE AMAZING SPIEZ


04/09/2010

Following the success of the first four seasons, US broadcaster Cartoon Network has acquired the latest series of the hit family animation Totally Spies!, as well as the theatrical feature film Totally Spies! The Movie which was released internationally in 2009.
Cartoon Network US has also acquired the Amazing Spiez, 52 x 26 mins, The brand new new boy skewing spy comedy series produced by Marathon Media, a Zodiak Media Group company.
Those three programs as well as every other Marathon Media's productions are distributed worldwide by Zodiak Media Group Distribution.

These latest sales confirm Marathon Media as the only European production company to have sold each of its animated programs – a total of 404 episodes - over the past five years to major US channels or networks (Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney XD, etc.).

Marathon Media is now one of the leading providers of animation to American channels and the N°1 European producer on the US market.

This vindicates Marathon Media's strategy of producing high-quality, long-running series generating strong audience ratings aimed at the international market, specifically North America.

Vincent Chalvon Demersay, CEO of Marathon Media, comments: "There is no other non-American series as long-lived and successful as Totally Spies! Some episodes have aired more than 70 times in the US and 45 times in France, making it our most widely watched animation property to date. We are delighted to confirm that Cartoon Network has acquired the latest season, along with the exciting movie version and The Amazing Spiez, the first boy-oriented spy action series on the market."

More about Totally Spies!
Created in France in Marathon Media's studio, Totally Spies! (130 x 26 mins) is still on air all around the world 8 years after its launch. It has been broadcast in more than 120 territories, including the US, the UK (GMTV), Germany (Super RTL), Italy (Mediaset), Spain (Forta), Disney Asia, Canada (Teletoon), Brazil, Japan, South Korea. Broadcast on TF1 since 2002, Totally Spies! is one of top-rating youth shows in France. In addition to its impressive ratings success, Totally Spies! has generated a successful international licensing program, with more than 100 international licensees including bestselling books, PC, PS2, Nintendo DS and Wii Games (European deal with Ubisoft), four different McDonald's Happy Meals, toys and electronic products (Goliath), etc…
Totally Spies! was created by Vincent Chalvon-Demersay and David Michel, and is directed by Stéphane Berry and Pascal Jardin.

More about Totally Spies! The Movie
Totally Spies! The Movie is a feature film directed by Pascal Jardin (75 mins, shot in 35mm). The movie reveals the origins of the series: How three Beverly Hills teenage girls became accidental secret agents.
A Marathon Media and Studio 37 production, co-produced with Mikado (Italy), Totally Spies! The Movie was released in French theatres in July 2009, and distributed by Mars Distribution. International Sales are handled by Zodiak Media Group Distribution.
Since its launch in July 2009 Totally Spies! The Movie has been sold to an ever-growing number of territories including Les Films de l'Elysée in Benelux, SPI in Eastern Europe, World Dream in Switzerland, Rialto in Australia and Gussi in Mexico.

More about The Amazing Spiez, a 52 x 26 mins HD spy comedy series
The second series within the Totally Spies franchise, The Amazing Spiez is a boy spy-action show starring four kid spies who work for the same agency as the Totally Spies girls.
With a unique comic book graphic style, The Amazing Spiez is a Marathon Media, Canal J, Image Entertainment co-production, in association with TF1 and Teletoon Canada. The series has already been sold to Disney Asia, Globo TV in Brazil, RTL TVI and SBS in Belgium, Canal + Poland, TVM in Morocco, Alter Channel in Greece, Noga in Israel, Da Kids in Italy, MBC in Middle East, SIC in Portugal and Digiturk in Turkey, among others.

Telecinco in Spain also just confirmed the acquisition of the series and discussions are on their way in the UK and Germany.