Animation deals heat up Latin American programming

Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 15-02-2012

As content licencing continues to be a bit of a wild west scenario in the Latin America region as competition comtinues to ramp up betwen satellite and IPTV providers, the signing of popular kids' entertainment has seen a bit of an uptick of late.
Viacom International has signed a Nickelodeon broadcast package with Teletica in Costa Rica and Venevision in Venezuela for the CGI series Fanboy & Chum Chum, created by Eric Robles. The two operators will offer current-season programming. The show also will return to TeleDoce in Uruguay for its second season, and Brazil's Band TV has picked up both the first and second season of the show.
Meanwhile, Cartoon Network Latin America, which includes Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, will add Totally Spies! and Totally Spies! Le Film to the Zodiak Kids network for the region, along with a show called the Qpiz, and Redakai: Conquer the Kairu. Cartoon Network also will roll out a Max Steel franchise of 26 episodes, a new animated series for next year that is a partnership between toymaker Mattel and FremantleMedia Enterprises. Max Steel is one of the most popular kids' action brands in the Latin American region; the series will follow 16-year-old Maxwell and his alien friend Steel, who join forces to fight planetary invaders. There's a catch though: the two, like many buddy teams, fall prey to bickering on an all-too-common basis.