Global phenomenon and Fantawild’s most popular property, Boonie Bears, to anchor the chain
LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 26, 2021 / Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) today announced that the linear streaming channel Fantawild launched in partnership with Animation Fantawild, the leading producer of children’s animation in Asia. The channel, which will be updated monthly with additional content, will feature popular movies and series from the Boonie Bear franchise, currently China’s first animated media property, along with other famous animation brands such as Kung Fu Masters of the zodiac.
the Boonie Bear the property, which centers around the trails and tribulations of two bears, is causing a stir in China and around the world.
The property accounts for more than $ 435 million in annual sales of toys and merchandise in China.
The films grossed over $ 500 million at the box office; The TV series is the most watched animation on over 200 channels and all three are the highest rated programs in the history of children’s channel CCTV (China’s national television channel).
Internationally, the titles have been distributed in more than 120 countries streaming on Netflix, Disney, Nickelodeon and Hulu, to name a few.
Fantawild is a major driver of China’s tourism industry with 29 active theme parks and 10 more under development, attracting over 50 million visitors annually. The company is ranked 5th on the list of the top 10 theme park groups in the world, edging out major US-based park operators such as Six Flags Group, Cedar Rapids Group and Sea World Attractions, among others.
Cinedigm seeks to capitalize on the brand’s popularity by distributing Fantawild programming across the larger OTT landscape and into the hearts of viewers across North America. Fantawild is available on TCL, the second-largest smart TV maker in North America, FreeCast (SelecTV) and Klowd TV. Consumers will be able to access ad-supported content on televisions, digital set-top boxes, media streaming devices as well as online.
With already several family channels, Cinedigm seeks to present the Fantawild animation brands to a whole new streaming audience by including popular films like the global box office sensation Boonie Bears: Blow into the past, Boonie Bears: the big secret, and Boonie Bears: a mystical winter. Additionally, fans will be able to see beloved series like Boonie Bears: Sunsational Summer and Zodiac Kung Fu Masters: Origins of the Twelve.
“Fantawild’s dedication to innovation has led the studio to become one of the world’s premier animation companies,” said Erick Opeka, chief strategy officer and president of digital networks at Cinedigm. “Through this partnership, Cinedigm is delighted to launch a streaming channel dedicated to the studio’s most popular movies and TV series. As more consumers switch to streaming, the need for high quality family programming continues to grow. This demand has enabled us to bring this global phenomenon into the homes of North America. “
“North America is one of the most important markets for us, and we’ve always been careful entering local platforms with our programs – the right strategy is crucial when we talk about growing our brands in one. of the largest media markets, ”says Daisy Shang, President of Fantawild Animation Inc.“ The launch of a Fantawild branded channel is a very important moment for us, and we are happy to have such a great partner by our side to help us.”
Cinedigm plans to release new content every month, providing viewers with new and exciting titles to watch. One of their most anticipated releases will be Boonie Bears: Wild Life, which hit theaters in mainland China on the last Lunar New Year and quickly grossed over $ 90 million at the box office, though theaters are limited in capacity. Cinedigm will come out first The wild life On demand and digital this summer for purchase and lease. The successful film will then find a place on the linear chain.
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ABOUT FANTAWILD ANIMATION
Fantawild Animation Inc. is China’s most influential animation company specializing in the entire industry chain from creation and production to global marketing with renowned animation brands such as Boonie Bears and Boonie Cubs. The programs have been distributed in more than 120 countries and territories and broadcast on major media networks such as Netflix, DirecTV, Hulu, Discovery Kids, Disney, TV Azteca, Nickelodeon and Zee5. https://www.fantawild.com/en
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