Superights will act as the worldwide distributor for the new educational preschool series Sullivan Sails (26×7′), produced by Distillery Films and ALT Animation.
Sullivan Sails was commissioned by Irish free-to-air children’s television RTÉJr and KidsMe in Italy, the De Agostini group’s children’s content factory, and was funded by Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann and Northern Ireland Screen. The Superights will represent worldwide rights with the exception of Italy and Ireland.
Sullivan Sails is a 2D animated series aimed at children aged 3 to 5. It encourages a taste for adventure, exploration and imagination in young audiences, while introducing them to incredible facts about the natural world. Beautiful and inspiring, Sullivan Sails teaches children important information about our natural world while encouraging isolated play and tolerance.
Sullivan is fascinated by maps and aspires to become a cartographer and explorer. In front of his atlas, Sullivan creates a world of his own, full of nature, adventure and color. He is usually accompanied by his imaginary friend Benji – a talking fox and a world famous former Navy admiral. Benji is an old-school explorer and expert navigator. His skills and experience are therefore useful in helping the animals and friends they meet along the way.
The series is in production and will be delivered in 2023.
Jonathan Clarke, Founder of Distillery Films, said: “We are thrilled to have Superights as our partner to bring this series of which we are so proud to the world, where it can build children’s confidence in their ability to influence positive change. and improving the environment while providing an antidote to the sometimes frightening world we find ourselves in. Their expertise and success in the international children’s space will be invaluable to Sullivan Sails in reaching as many children as possible.
Nathalie Pinguet, Deputy Managing Director of Superights, agrees that “this charming and adventurous series is colourful, creative and globally diverse, making it a perfect and complementary addition to our existing list of children’s program offerings. Learning about our natural world has never been more important, and we’re sure young audiences will enjoy Sullivan Sails.”
Superights, a division of SUPERPROD GROUP, is a leading international distribution company dedicated to distributing children’s and family content around the world. From Paris, Milan, New York and Los Angeles, they offer programs of all genres and for all populations. Elected Best European Investor/Distributor of the year 2015, their activity includes all rights, non-linear and linear, from TV to VOD and cinema.
Superights is constantly adding new properties to its available content and seeking new markets for its programming. Recent additions to the Superights catalog include Momulu and Friends, produced by Ferly, Yellow Animation and Digital Graphics (78×7′), Go! Go! Cory Carson (28 half-hours), produced by Vtech and Kuku Studio, Anna and Friends (78×7′) produced by Superprod, Digital Graphics and Atmosphere Media for France Télévisions, Les Aventures de Petit Pengouin (52x 5′), produced by Tencent Video and it’s Joey! (52 x 13′), produced for M6 by SUPERPROD, Atmosphere Media, Digital Graphics and Planeta Junior.
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Distillery Films is an Irish animation studio specializing in developing original story-based animated entertainment for global audiences. Distillery Films was founded by award-winning producer Jonathan Clarke and is located in Kilkenny, in the heart of Ireland’s South East region.
After working for over 10 years in development production at some of Ireland’s leading 2D animation and CG studios, Distillery launched in 2021 with the aim of developing audience-led programming with a strong philosophy of entertainment. learning, growth and diversity. Combining a strong background in development, financing and production methods, it quickly earned a reputation as a distinctive development center in the international animation industry.
ALT Animation is a Northern Irish animation studio focused on delivering exciting and engaging animated content for global audiences of all ages. Formed by Andrea McQuade, Lee McQuade and Tim Bryans, who collectively have over 40 years of collective experience in the creative industries, they currently work with partners such as CBBC, Avalon, RTE, BBC Studios & Milkshake! as well as developing their own slate of anime properties with studios around the world.
They were one of the first animation studios in the UK to receive funding from BFI’s Young Audiences Content Fund for their pre-school series ‘The Hearios’, and in 2020 they received project development funding award from Creative Europe for their first animated feature. – ‘Lugi – The Boy Brodgar’.
They have just finished working with BAFTA-winning studio Adastra Development on the 40 x 11 min preschool series ‘Mimi’s World’ and are currently co-producing the 26 x 7 min animated series ‘Sullivan Sails’ with Distillery Films in Ireland.