Monday 9th October 2017

STUDIOCANAL to launch PADDINGTON animated TV series

Paris, October 9, 2017 -- STUDIOCANAL, the leading European production and distribution studio, is announcing the development of a PADDINGTON animated series.

Based on Michael Bond's Paddington Bear, the 52x11 minute series will be designed for broad audiences, with a particular focus on pre-school children. The series aims to launch end of 2018 or early 2019.

The announcement comes just a few weeks before the world-premiere of PADDINGTON 2, which will open in the UK on November 10 and in France on December 6. The movie, which sold worldwide, will open in the US in January.
Helmed by twice BAFTA nominated director Paul King, PADDINGTON 2 is produced by multi award-winning David Heyman.
Its all-star cast include Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining the cast of the first film: Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, as well as Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington and Imelda Staunton as Aunt Lucy.

Also directed by Paul King and produced by David Heyman, PADDINGTON 1 was the most successful non-studio family movie of all time, grossing nearly $300M at the worldwide box office.

The animated series is part of Vivendi's overall strategy to further expand the Paddington franchise. Last month, STUDIOCANAL, Gameloft and Copyrights Group announced the launch of "Paddington Run," the official Paddington game on mobile. STUDIOCANAL and Gameloft are both part of global media and content company, Vivendi, which also owns Paddington Bear intellectual property rights (except classic publishing rights) via Copyrights Group.

Didier Lupfer, Chairman and CEO of STUDIOCANAL: "This is such an exciting project. Paddington is one of the best-loved children's character in the world, and we aim to make his already huge popularity even more renowned with the new series. We're thrilled to be continuing Paddington's adventures! »


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