APC Kids Launches Animation Production Company Zephyr Animation with First Project Adoonga and Hires David Sauerwein
Hires David Sauerwein as CCO and announces first project
· David Sauerwein, former Head writer, Story editor and Script doctor for Xilam and Ubisoft, is joining the venture as Chief Creative Officer to oversee and manage all projects created and produced by the company.
· Zephyr Animation will develop its own projects as well as co-develop and co-produce properties with partners from around the world.
APC Kids, the children’s entertainment distribution company of boutique co-producer and distributor About Premium Content (APC), is launching its own production company Zephyr Animation. Based in Paris, the new studio will be headed by APC Kids’ partners Lionel Marty, Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel.
David Sauerwein, former Head writer, Story editor and Script doctor for Xilam and Ubisoft, is joining the venture as Chief Creative Officer to oversee and manage all projects created and produced by the company.
Zephyr Animation will develop its own projects as well as co-develop and co-produce properties with partners from around the world. All projects will express their originality through strong characters and a special attention to storytelling. With an emphasis on strong international sales potential, Zephyr shows will cover all target groups from pre-school to kids aged 6-9 and across all genres from action/adventure to comedy.
The first project out of the stable is Adoonga, an animated comedy series from South Korean studio Vooz (creators of PUCCA). Zephyr Animation and Vooz will co-develop and co-produce the new 52 x 11’ series with APC Kids taking global distribution and licensing rights outside Asia and Latin America. Aimed at kids aged 8-11, Adoonga will be available in 2021. Three other projects will be announced soon after Cartoon Forum ahead of Mipcom.
Adoonga is the story of a young, good-hearted and adventurous gorilla who tries to make it in the big city. Along with his new friends, they seize every opportunity to hone their talents and skills, while also trying to survive in the concrete jungle. They may fail, and sometimes even wreak havoc, but they always have fun and learn something new in the process.
Lionel Marty, Managing Director of APC Kids says “As we continue to build our portfolio of animated properties it seemed the ideal time to set up our own production company. With David joining the team we are looking forward to developing and producing more of our own shows, as well as working with leading producers from around the globe. We are excited to be working with Vooz on Adoonga, the first show to be made at Zephyr Animation!”
David Sauerwein adds “I am very proud and thrilled to be joining the wonderful team at Zephyr to develop and produce exciting new shows. Adoonga is the perfect blend between slapstick action and sitcom that we think will appeal to kids all around the world. We're very proud to make it our very first show.”
About APC Kids
APC Kids is the children’s entertainment arm of boutique financier and distributor About Premium Content (APC). Headed by Lionel Marty, the kids’ specialist has a growing portfolio of high profile children’s and family properties including animated series KID-E-CATS, Roger, The Memories of Nanette and Zoli & Pokey.