Mr. Magoo | Source: Xilam/Nickelodeon

It’s a Xilam dunk for the French animation studio behind Oggy and the CockroachesZig & Sharko, and Paprika.

Nickelodeon and Xilam Animation entered into a new, global distribution deal for the short-form CGI series Athleticus, and the animated Mr. Magoo. Under the new agreement, Nick will take pay TV rights for two seasons of Athleticus covering Asia Pacific, EMEA, and Latin America. The network also takes all TV rights for the series in Benelux, Italy, Vietnam, Philippines, and Argentina. Nickelodeon also picked up exclusive pay-TV rights for Xilam’s updated Mr. Magoo for Nicktoons in the UK.

Althleticus | Source: Xilam Animation

“We’re very excited to be building upon our successful partnership with Nickelodeon and to see the broadcaster become home to two further shows from our slate,” says Morgann Favennec, executive vice president, distribution at Xilam Animation. “With its charming characters and humorous stories, we know families all over the globe are going to love watching Athleticus, and following the fantastic response to Mr. Magoo in the UK, we’re very much looking forward to bringing the series’ hilarious hijinks to new audiences.”

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.