Beyond Rights has acquired the international distribution rights (excluding Italy, and Spanish-language territories) for Nina & Olga, a new 52 x 7 kids’ animation series co-produced by Enanimation Srl and Mondo TV Producciones Canarias, in partnership with Rai Ragazzi.
Inspired by Olga the Cloud, the internationally best-selling, classic book series by Nicoletta Costa, Nina & Olga follows six-year-old Nina as she begins school, alongside her classmate Teo, and their very special friend Olga – a light young cloud. Together they embark on numerous adventures, learning about the events and challenges of everyday life and how to understand and manage their still unknown emotions. Based on the poetic and sweet stories told in more than 300 Olga the Cloud books over a 30-year period, the series follows these little kids getting acquainted with themselves, various objects and animals – as well as their feelings – in order to grow and understand the world around them.
Currently in production and being created in a simple, contemporary 2D animation style that reflects and respects the original book artwork, Nina & Olga will premiere on RaiPlay and RaiYoyo later this year.
Sarah McCormack, Beyond Rights’ SVP, acquisitions and co-productions was responsible for acquiring Nina & Olga, she comments: “Very few kids tv series come with the existing brand awareness and pedigree of Nina & Olga: Nicoletta Costa’s books have sold around the world and been translated in every language imaginable – from Russian and Turkish to Chinese and English. And there is a huge selection of stories to draw upon, ensuring longevity and volume for television.
“We were immediately charmed by Nina & Olga and had no hesitation in acquiring the series; Olga is the BFF that every little kid wants to have, Nina is a joyous and curious young girl, and the light touch when dealing with emotions, as well as topical subjects such as sustainability and inclusivity, will ensure the series is popular with kids, and their parents and caregivers. Meanwhile, for broadcasters, in addition to a wonderful series for young audiences, there is the reassurance of huge off-air support with an extensive international licensing and merchandising programme already in development.”
Federica Maggio, producer at Enanimation, adds: “I am incredibly happy that our wonderful Nina & Olga franchise will be able to count on such a strong distribution partner as Beyond Rights. The team’s international expertise and enthusiasm for the series, coupled with the enormous potential of this property will, I’m sure, lead to great success for us all.”