Graphilm Entertainment partners with ETS Licensing for Nefertine on the Nile
Animation studio Graphilm Entertainment announces deal with ETS Licensing. ETS, one of the main independent licensing agencies in Italy, will manage the rights of the new animated preschool series Nefertine on the Nile.
The series consists of 52 episodes, running 11’ each , and is based on the series of books “All’ombra delle piramidi” by Janna Carioli and Luisa Mattia published by Lapis Edizioni. Produced by Graphilm Entertainment, DQ Entertainment and Cyber Group Studios, in cooperation with Rai Ragazzi, the first season will be broadcast on the Italian preschool channel Rai Yoyo.
Set in Ancient Egypt, Nefertine on the Nile narrates the adventures of the 8 year old Nefertine. The brave little girl, daughter of the Pharaoh’s scribe, aspires to become the first scribe-reporter in history. To train her unique talent, she reports her chronicles on her papir-diary. Curious and somewhat reckless, she cannot resist the mysterious charm of things like mummies, pyramids, sphinxes and crocodiles. Every now and then the situation gets out of hand! Luckily her friends and the trusted kitten Micerina are always by her side, helping her to get out of trouble!
The pilot of the series was awarded with the Pulcinella Award at the Cartoons on the Bay 2015. Nefertine has shown great potential from her first steps in the children’s industry, attracting interest from major international players.
“The collaboration with ETS is part of our new strategy.” said Maurizio Forestieri, CEO of Graphilm Entertainment and director of Nefertine on the Nile “We believe that valuable cooperations enhanche the role of animation as a primary industry for the Italian audiovisual field. The debut of Nefertine in the world of licensing and the strategy that we are implementing with ETS, represent a new phase for Graphilm. We are expanding our business and increasing our investment to continue create high quality programs.”
Piero Piacentini, ETS CEO, added: “We proudly welcome Nefertine into our portfolio because it is a unique property. Over the years, ETS has been able to recognize the most interesting opportunities on the market by building winning licensing strategies, which have helped local and international brands to achieve success in our country. We believe that the unprecedented field of preschool cartoons with historical setting represents a segment with high potential. We are convinced that the courageous Nefertine will breach the hearts of children, proposing a new approach to experience the history of Ancient Egypt firsthand, and will also win over parents thanks to the ability to convey educational, as well as playful content. We are defining an ambitious licensing program to support the development of this property and we are proud to contribute to a brand born from Italian talent and creativity.”