April 26, 2021
Cinedigm April 26 announced the launch of a new children’s animation streaming video channel, Fantawild, that will work in partnership with Fantawild Animation, a Chinese producer of children’s animation.
The channel, set to refresh monthly with content featuring movies and series from the “Boonie Bears” franchise, is currently China’s top animated media property centering around the trials and tribulations of two bears. The property accounts for more than $435 million in annual toy and merchandise sales in China. Titles include “Boonie Bears: Blast into the Past,” “Boonie Bears: The Big Top Secret” and “Boonie Bears: A Mystical Winter.” Additional series include “Boonie Bears: Sunsational Summer” and “Kung Fu Masters of the Zodiac: Origins of the Twelve.”
The films have grossed more than $500 million at the box office, while the television series are the highest-rated programs in the history of China’s National TV Network Children’s Channel. Internationally, the titles have been distributed to more than 120 countries, airing on Netflix, Nickelodeon and Hulu, among others.
Cinedigm is looking to distribute Fantawild programming across the broader OTT landscape in North America. Fantawild is available on TCL, the No. 2 manufacturer of Smart TVs in North America. Consumers will be able to access the ad-supported content on TVs, digital set-top boxes, media-streaming devices and online.
“As more consumers transition to streaming, the need for high-quality, branded family programming continues to grow,” Erick Opeka, chief strategy officer and president of digital networks at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “This demand has allowed us to bring this global phenomenon into homes across North America.”