SKYDANCE MEDIA PARTNERS WITH ZAG TO PRODUCE LIVE-ACTION MIRACULOUS® - TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR

Santa Monica, CA – September 5, 2018 – Skydance Media in partnership with ZAG today announced that it has secured the live-action feature film and television rights to the global animated phenomenon Miraculous® - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. Under the deal, Skydance plans to develop and produce the first-ever live-action adaptations based on the hit property with an anticipated release in 2020. The critically acclaimed, award-winning animated television series developed and produced by Jeremy Zag follows two heroes—Ladybug and Cat Noir—as they protect the city of Paris from super villains.  


ZAG’s aspirational series Miraculous - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir—winner of the 2018 Teen Choice Award for Choice Animated Series, airs in over 120 countries worldwide, regularly scoring #1 rankings in kids 4-11 demo.  Miraculous has a passionate and active teen fan base, the “Miraculers” with over a million global subscribers to YouTube and 17 billion watch-time minutes in its lifetime with both official and user-generated content. The fans drive high interactivity on Instagram with over 300M followers regularly engaging. Miraculous consumer products have 350 licensees worldwide. Winning multiple industry awards in licensing and consumer products, merchandise passed the $100 million mark in retail sales in 2017.  


“Jeremy and everyone at ZAG have done a tremendous job in creating and building Miraculous into the massive pop culture sensation it is today,” said Jesse Sisgold, President and COO Skydance Media. “We look forward to partnering with them to expand this incredible universe into the world of live-action.”


"I am thrilled to partner with Skydance to create live-action adaptations of Miraculous.  It’s been my long-time dream to bring this world to life,” said Jeremy Zag, Founder and CEO ZAG. “The Skydance team really understands and embraces the vision we have for this very special super hero love story. They have an incredible track record of producing exciting action with compelling characters and are the perfect team to express the magic and adventure of Ladybug and Cat Noir.”


Miraculous - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir follows the adventures of two seemingly typical teens with secret identities, Marinette and Adrien, who magically transform into superheroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir. As secret superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir are partners in the action. But in the daytime, Marinette is just a normal girl, living a normal life.  Cat Noir will do anything to support and impress Ladybug, but does not know this is Marinette from his class. Marinette, the regular girl, in turn dreams of Adrien and simply gets little response. When evil threatens Paris, their beloved City of Lights, can they beat the unexpected villains? Miraculous taps into first love, secrets, friends, magic, duality and the romance of Paris.


ZAG APPOINTS IAN LAMBUR TO NEWLY CREATED ROLE OF SVP, GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION & CO-PRODUCTIONS

Santa Monica, CA (November 1, 2018) -- Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG has appointed Ian Lambur as its Senior Vice President, Global Distribution & Co-Productions, reporting to CEO and Founder Jeremy Zag.

As SVP, Global Distribution & Co-Productions, Lambur is responsible for the Company's global distribution and co-production strategy of content to all platforms, including television, home entertainment and digital media. The premiere title in ZAG’s portfolio is the aspirational brand MiraculousTM - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, winner of the 2018 Teen Choice Award for Choice Animated Series. Lambur will also be leading strategy around ZAG’s upcoming development slate including multiple animated series over the next three years, as well as the expansion of the ZAG HEROEZ collection of entertainment.

“All of us at ZAG are thrilled to welcome Ian,” said Jeremy Zag in announcing Lambur’s appointment. “In addition to his extensive relationships with children’s entertainment experts around the world, Ian has a keen understanding of current and future media distribution platforms; how our young viewers are consuming entertainment content; and, perhaps most importantly, has a solid strategy for growing our audience and facilitating viable and effective co- production partnerships. I am very much looking forward to his leadership of our global distribution.”

Added Lambur, “I am excited to be working with Jeremy and the whole ZAG team on the incredible slate of titles both in production and in development. Jeremy’s vision and creative prowess are unparalleled and provide us with a great opportunity to continue to expand ZAG HEROEZ across multiple platforms reaching children globally.”

Lambur joins ZAG from The Jim Henson Company, where he served as SVP of Global Distribution. Prior, he was at Disney Channels EMEA serving as Acquisitions Manager. Lambur got his start in the industry as an account manager for Brunico Communications’ Kidscreen trade publication.


First Official Mobile Game For Zag Heroes Miraculous™

Mobile Game Release Tied to Season Two Debuts of the TV Series in the U.S. on Netflix On March 30, 2018, on Family Channel in Canada on March 16, Tooniverse in Korea in April, and Disney Channel Latin America

Paris, France and Santa Monica, CA, March 6, 2018 – On April 25, 2018, the first official, global mobile game based on the hit animated series ZAG HEROEZ MiraculousTM - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, from award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG, will debut from leading game developer and publisher TabTale. The new game will initially be available on iOS and Google Play, with Amazon to follow later in the year.

The MiraculousTM- Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir “free” app release let’s Miraculous fans play the super hero roles of Ladybug & Cat Noir, running, jumping and flying throughout Paris to catch supervillains and save their beloved city from destruction. This visually rich and colorful game tours players through the famous venues of Paris and has more than 80 “miraculous” levels which are for now based on season one of the series. Each level challenges the player with unique and more difficult goals that will inspire the need to upgrade their abilities to progress to the next level.

Closely tied to the game’s release, the highly anticipated debut of season two of the series will launch in the U.S. on Friday, March 30, 2018, on Netflix, and on Canada’s Family Channel just prior on Friday, March 16, 2018. Elsewhere around the globe, South Korea’s Tooniverse, the country’s #1 rated cable channel, will launch the new season in April 2018, and Disney Channel Latin America will introduce the new season this year. These premieres come on the heels of Q4 ’17 and Q1 ’18 debuts in France on TF1, across Europe on Disney Channel EMEA, in Brazil on Gloob, and in French Canada on Tele-Quebec. “TabTale creates rich digital adventures that entertain, challenge and engage and we are confident that our Miraculous fans around the world are going to love taking on the personas of Ladybug and CatNoir in this new game,” commented André Lake Mayer, President, Global Brand Strategy and Consumer Products at ZAG AMERICA.

“Our ‘Miraculous’ fans made our first season a global hit, and we are already seeing strong ratings for season two and product demand continuing to grow,” continued Mayer. “Our success is shared with all of our partners who have contributed to creating a unique super-heroine character and an engaging global brand.”

ZAG HEROEZ MiraculousTM- Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir(78 x 22’) follows the adventures of two seemingly typical teens with secret identities, Marinette and Adrien, who transform into superheroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir, when evil threatens Paris, their beloved City of Lights. Can they beat the unexpected villains in each episode and get their homework done on time?

ZAG HEROEZ MiraculousTM- Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is created by ZAG and Method Animation, part of On Kids and Family. Season’s two and three of the series are co-produced by Zagtoon, France’s Method Animation, South Korea’s SamG Animation, SK Broadband, Japan’s Toei Animation and Italy’s DeAgostini Editore S.P.A., in collaboration with Disney Channel EMEA, French broadcaster TF1, Brazil’s Globosat and AB. The series is distributed internationally by PGS Entertainment, Groupe AB, Zagtoon, Method, and SamG Animation.

Zag Expands Global Reach Of Zag Heroes Miraculous™

ZAG EXPANDS GLOBAL REACH OF ZAG HEROES MIRACULOUS™, TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR, SIGNING NEW GLOBAL LICENSING PARTNERS FUNKO AND PEZ FOR COLLECTIBLES

Santa Monica, CA, January 22, 2018 – Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG continues to build its aspirational brand Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, and today announced two new global licensing partners in the collectibles category, Funko Inc. (Nasdaq:FNKO) and PEZ, both leaders in the pop culture consumer products market. Funko is releasing a must-have trio of collectible “POP!” stylized vinyl figures of the most popular Miraculous™ characters: super hero duo Ladybug with Tikki and Cat Noir with Plagg, along with their antagonist, super villain Hawk Moth. Beginning in May 2018, the products will be available on-shelf worldwide, excluding Japan, China and Korea.

PEZ will create the Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir iconic heroes in their unique PEZ candy dispenser configuration. The Parisian pair are anticipated to hit retail shelves worldwide starting in August 2018 in France, Spain, U.K., Italy, Germany and more (excluding U.S. and Canada). The PEZ agreement was brokered by Team! License, ZAG’s licensing agent in Germany. Funko and PEZ join global/panregional licensing partners Bandai (master toy), Ferraro (Kinder Joy & Surprise Egg), Zara (perfume), Panini (magazines & sticker books) and GUESS? (kids’ fashion collection). “I am delighted to see the Miraculous heroes come to life through popular collectibles created by Pez and Funko.  Offering kids and young adults the chance to get their hands on these fun figures will surely contribute to Ladybug and Cat Noir becoming pop culture icons,” commented ZAG Founder and CEO Jeremy Zag. “We are really proud to collaborate with such illustrious partners.  Funko POP! vinyls are super cool and Pez was always a part of my childhood, and I am overjoyed to know that these new products will bring timeless joy to fans around the world.”

Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir now airs in over 120 countries, regularly scoring #1 rankings and lifting overall network ratings with key broadcast partners. Miraculous season 2 started its roll-out in Q4 2017 and continues launching in EMEA, North America and LATAM throughout the first half of 2018. According to recent data released by Parrot Analytics, Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir ranked among the top ten kids shows across Europe for the week of September 11, 2017. ZAG HEROEZ Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (78 x 22’) follows the adventures of two seemingly typical teens with secret identities, Marinette and Adrien, who transform into superheroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir, when evil threatens Paris, their beloved City of Lights. ZAG HEROEZ Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is created by ZAG and Method Animation, part of On Kids and Family. Season’s two and three of the series are co-produced by Zagtoon, France’s Method Animation, South Korea’s SamG Animation, SK Broadband, Japan’s Toei Animation and Italy’s DeAgostini Editore S.P.A., in collaboration with Disney Channel EMEA, French broadcaster TF1, Brazil’s Globosat and AB. The series is distributed internationally by PGS Entertainment, Groupe AB, Zagtoon, Method, and SamG Animation.

Guess Kids To Launch Miraculous™ Ladybug Collection

GUESS KIDS TO LAUNCH MIRACULOUS™ LADYBUG LIFESTYLE COLLECTION BASED ON ZAG’S HIT ANIMATED TV SERIES

Los Angeles, CA– January 16, 2018 - GUESS, the American clothing brand and retailer and award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG have announced today their partnership to develop an exclusive GUESS x “Be Miraculous” Ladybug Fashion kids Capsule Collection. The collection is inspired by the iconic superhero and Parisian stylings seen throughout the popular animated TV series ZAG HEROEZ™ Miraculous™- Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. It will be brought to life with the GUESS modern twist combined with the quality and design for which the GUESS brand is known. The “Be Miraculous” Ladybug capsule collection features 50 skus designed for girls & boys 6–12 years old. The stars of Miraculous™, aspiring fashionista Marinette and “so cute” fashion model Adrien, son of a world-famous fashion designer, attend a “design school” together in Paris. Secretly the two transform into superheroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir, when evil threatens their beloved city. In each episode they fight and apprehend colorful villains, all the while trying to get their homework in on time. The animated series originally launched in fall 2015 and is now a top- ranking show for girls and boys throughout the EMEA region. The highly- anticipated second season debuted in fall 2017 and is continuing to roll out in new countries throughout spring 2018 in Europe on Disney Channel and France’s TF1. These iconic characters are adored by children and young adults in over 120 countries worldwide. “We like the idea that Miraculous inspires kids to dream and to be like a superhero. We think the audience relatability to Marinette and Adrien’s relationship along with their secret identity as superheroes makes this quite an intriguing story,” commented Paul Marciano, GUESS? Inc. Chairman and Chief Creative Officer. “We feel the fashion line will extend the positive messaging that kids can channel their inner strength to do great things.” “Since the time I produced Miraculous Ladybug, I always wanted to create something cool for teenagers and equally inspirational for kids, and nothing can represent this combination better then GUESS with their international flair and universal appeal,” added ZAG Founder and CEO, Jeremy Zag “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this partnership and the related fashion program, which will feature a unique collection of clothing for girls and boys designed for everyday looks infused with cool, invincible superhero style.” The new GUESS? Kids’ line of apparel takes its cue from the four main characters of the series, fabricated in stretch-cotton, viscose, chiffon, velvet and stretch denim. The girls’ line sports a cute spot motif, inspired by the Ladybug character. Floral prints that recall the sweet Marinette are offered in chiffon tops, flowing dresses with crochet bodices and satin bombers. Soft pink hues are the colors of choice for the looks inspired by Marinette, whereas red and black embody the dynamic “girl-power” of Ladybug. For boys, fashionable fits become the perfect base for urban-cool designs, like skinny fit denim, t-shirts, check shirts, fleece and a faux-leather biker jacket. Different shades of denim and white are the colors of Adrien, while black, checks and energetic lime bring to life the world of Cat Noir. The “Be Miraculous” Ladybug Fashion Capsule Collection will be available on the www.guess.eu website and in select GUESS retail stores starting August 2018.

About GUESS?, Inc. Established in 1981, GUESS began as a jeans company and has since successfully grown into a global lifestyle brand.  Guess?, Inc. designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collection of contemporary apparel, denim, handbags, watches, footwear and other related consumer products. Guess? products are distributed through branded Guess? Stores as well as better department and specialty stores around the world. As of October 28, 2017, the company directly operated 982 retail stores in the Americas, Europe and Asia. The Company’s licensees and distributors operated 671 additional retail stores worldwide. As of October 28, 2017, the Company and its licensees and distributors operated in roughly 100 countries worldwide. For more information about the Company, please visit www.guess.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GuessKids/ Instagram: @guesskids -  https://www.instagram.com/guesskids/ ABOUT ZAG ZAG is a global independent animation studio specializing in the creation and production of original, high-quality IP for kids and family entertainment in the film and TV sector.  The company was founded in France in 2009 by Jeremy Zag, who expanded operations to Japan, the U.S., and Canada, between 2012 and 2017. Since inception, the company has produced more than 200 half-hours of high-quality CGI-animated content licensed to major broadcasters and digital partners in over 130 territories. The company is most well-known for its global animation hit, ZAG HEROEZ Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (78 x 22’), which premiered in 2015, with season two launching fall 2017, and season three coming in October 2018. ZAG was named “Breakout Studio of the Year” in 2016 by Animation Magazine’s World Animation Network. Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is created by ZAG and Method Animation, part of On Kids and Family. Season’s two and three of the series are co-produced by Zagtoon, France’s Method Animation, South Korea’s SamG Animation, SK Broadband, Japan’s Toei Animation and Italy’s DeAgostini Editore S.P.A., in collaboration with Disney Channel EMEA, French broadcaster TF1, Brazil’s Globosat and AB. The series is distributed internationally by PGS Entertainment, Groupe AB, Zagtoon, Method, and SamG Animation.www.zag-inc.com https://www.youtube.com/c/miraculousladybug


How Is Zag Redefining The Children's Entertainment Market With Zak Storm?

Licensing.biz talks to Andre Lake Meyer, president of global brand strategy and consumer products at Zag America about Zak Storm and its three-way interactive toy, game and TV series. 


How is Zak Storm transforming children’s entertainment? 

Our founder and CEO Jeremy Zag created the Zag Heroez brand overall that incorporates the DNA of American storytelling and elements of Japanese anime to create new superheroes for today’s kids. Everything we develop is an original IP, but based on themes that are classic and traditional. Zag Heroez Zak Storm - Super Pirate, for example, is the only transforming super-hero pirate brand for kids. 

What has reception been like to the series launch in the US? 

We did a soft launch on linear and cable this fall with Discovery Kids and Kids Click, but our official launch was on November 1 with our “digital trifecta” as a way to differentiate ourselves from our competition in the crowded boy’s action market segment. 

This simultaneous launch of the TV series on Netflix, toys from Bandai available exclusively at Amazon.com for the month of November, and the free mobile game, provides a cross-platform play experience as kids can watch the series, play with toys, and level-up both the digital and physical experiences with the free to play Zak Storm – Super Pirate app. 

The trifecta is an exciting concept – what are the biggest points to consider when launching such a concept so close to the series launch? 

An early investment in marketing is a big part of the strategy to accelerate awareness for the brand and ensure that kids and families are aware that Zak Storm is easily accessible. 

From November 1 to the end of December, between Bandai and Zag, we have very aggressive marketing campaigns running across cable and digital platforms. It’s pretty unprecedented for Bandai to be investing TV marketing dollars when the toys are only available at Amazon (November) and Toys”R”Us, starting from December. However, they are in alignment with Zag and believe that this early investment strategy in conjunction with the digital trifecta was essential. 

In addition to the marketing we are doing across cable TV and digital, we are also building our YouTube channel as another way for kids to experience short-form content and drive eyeballs to the long-form content. 

Is the brand coming to the UK?? 

Yes! The series debuted earlier this year on POP, and the digital trifecta is happening with toys available at Smyths where there will be shelf strips featuring an icon that can be scanned into your phone for a level-up reward – which is a different reward than you get from the TV screen and the toys. 

Smyths has an exclusive launch window and is running a TV and digital campaign for the toys and promoting the digital aspects. Additional retailers come on board after this special release. 

How will the launch concept influence the kind of partners you look for when taking it to the wider licensing space? 

I think that we are always going to be looking for companies that value our business model that incorporates the multi-platform pan-regional approach along with partnering with a master toy company in the early stages. Generally speaking, we are always looking for innovative licensees that can be long-term partners for our Zag Heroez label. While it’s important to be innovative with our products, we have to remain faithful to the essence of our brands overall to deliver an experience that kids connect with and represents the stunning execution the viewer experiences on the screen. 

What are your expectations for the brand over the next year or so? 

First and foremost we are looking for a full adoption of the brand with kids all over the world viewing the series and strong downloads of the gaming app which in turn will lead to purchasing of the toys. Some of our licensees will be launching products in spring 2018, and we’ll see publishing and lifestyle products launching in the fall. Our goal is that by back-to-school 2019, we’ll have a phenomenon on our hands. 

How has the past year been for ZAG in general? With the new launch, how are you guys positioned for the year ahead? 

It’s been exhilarating with two global brand launches across TV, digital and licensing - Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir and Zak Storm - Super Pirate, so close together. 

Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir in particular, is becoming a well-known kids brand in many parts of the world, and we are seeing strong TV viewership and toy adoption. 

Bandai America is the global master toy licensee for the brand, with fashion doll and action doll sku’s being their top sellers. In France, Miraculous was third in the Fashion Doll category in October 2017, while in Brazil, it was named the “Toy of the Year” and “Brand of the Year” at the 2016 Brazil Licensing Awards; and awarded “License of the Year” in August 2017. 

In Spain, itreceived the coveted Chupete de Oro 2017 Award for the “Best Kids Character” at the 13th ceremony in Madrid. We are excited about the performance of the series also - Miraculous season one ranked as “Top 10 Kids Show Overall” across Europe in September 2017 ahead of Star Wars Rebels according to Parrot Analytics. 

In the US, Miraculous has seen tremendous success on Netflix holding a very solid position in the kid’s space and season 2 set to launch on Netflix in spring 2018. 

How will you maintain your position as leading innovators in the space? 

Within the next five years, you can see the real integration of the Zag Heroez world. Expect to see a cross-over of characters from one series to another. In fact, we are already doing it with special episodes that we are producing for our fans around the world, and comic books are on the way. And as we have done from the outset, we will prioritize visionary creativity and make the series that Zag believes in – we will not change our vision because others think it should be done another way.

Zag Is Rolling Out New Movies, Tv Series And Games

Though in existence for less than a decade, ZAG America LLC is already leading the TV and film entertainment market for kids and families. The Glendale, Calif. and Paris-based independent animation studio specializes in the creation and production of original, high-quality intellectual property in the film and TV sector, as well as for a variety of online platforms. 

Founded in 2009 by French entrepreneur Jeremy Zag, ZAG has produced more than 200 half-hours of original content that has been sold to major broadcasters including Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Netflix, and to distributors in more than 120 territories. “We started as a high-quality TV animation production company but once Jeremy moved to the U.S., we quickly got going on developing film,” says André Lake Mayer, president of brand strategy and consumer products. 

The company has eight TV series in various stages of production and three feature films rolling out over the next five years. Its multiple divisions include production companies and animation studios in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. 

This year, ZAG is involved in a number of highly anticipated projects that include a trifecta launch of its ZAG HEROEZ Zak Storm™ – Super Pirate action adventure comedy TV series and ZAG HEROEZ Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir animated superhero action comedy series. ZAG HEROEZ is the company’s animated superhero franchise. “Since all of our TV shows are built around unique next generation heroes, we’re feeding the market with the HEROEZ brand,” Mayer says. “Five years down the road, we’ll have our own Avengers.” 

Trifecta Launch 

Meet Zak Storm, one of the company’s newest superheroes. ZAG HEROEZ Zak Storm – Super Pirate is an adventure about a surfer kid, Zak, who vanishes in the Bermuda Triangle and reluctantly becomes the leader of a motley crew on a ship named The Chaos. Zak masters the transforming powers of his ancient talking sword, Calabrass, and leads his crew through a variety of adventures within the seven seas of the Bermuda Triangle. 

The series, based on an original idea from Man of Action Entertainment, debuted in multiple territories around the world and has already been scoring top ratings. In the United States, Zak Storm debuted this fall on Discovery Family and Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KidsClick TV. On Nov. 1, ZAG and global master toy partner Bandai America launched a digital trifecta for Zak Storm. “There’s something very special about the way we’re rolling this out,” Mayer says. “There are three platforms that will all launch on the same day.” 

The tech-infused trifecta launch interconnects the TV show, a variety of toys and a new mobile game. On Nov. 1, Zak Storm debuted on Netflix. At the same time, the company is launching a robust range of toys and a free mobile game app that all work together in a connected play experience. 

“Every single toy features a collectable coin,” Mayer says. “Kids can scan the coin into their free game app and receive rewards. They can level up the gaming experience, get more power and strength or enter different worlds.” 

The toys became available exclusively online through Amazon in November. After that, they will expand to Toys “R” Us in December and Target in January. Another unique aspect to the brick-and-mortar toy launch is that players will be able to download rewards on store shelves even if they don’t purchase the toy. 

“They can scan the signage on the shelf,” Mayer says. “It could be anything from special footage from the show or the opportunity to power up. Of course, buying the toy will give them more rewards.” 

In addition, for players who have the game App installed on their mobile devices, watching the show on Netflix or linear TV will automatically sync the game with the show and deliver small-screen battles and adventures that mimic the real-time TV show scenes. The app also provides the player with digital game rewards. 

As with ZAG’s other brands, Zak Storm has its fan base and is supported by a long-term entertainment and merchandising program involving multi-seasons on TV and a variety of consumer products. 

Miraculous Ladybug Launches 

In the United States, ZAG has a broadcasting deal with Netflix and the series originally launched on Nickelodeon in December 2015 where it became the No. 1 show for girls ages six to 11 years old on weekends. The show centers on the adventures of two teenagers with secret superhero identities, Marinette and Adrien, who transform into Ladybug and Cat Noir when evil threatens Paris. 

Netflix launches Season two in December. The platform introduced season one earlier this year in February, where the series tied at No. 3 for a kids’ series. The series continues to air on a variety of international networks including Disney Channel Europe, Disney Channel Latin America, TFI in France and ABC Australia. In September, the series ranked in the Top 10 Kids Show Overall Across Europe, ahead of Star Wars Rebels (TBI Vision, Parrot Analytics). 

Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is also a digital hit with more than 7 billion views on official and fan generated YouTube channels. The series has received 40 million episode views across all Nickelodeon platforms. Its music video, featuring American actress and singer Laura Marano performing the theme song, became the overall most viewed video on Nickelodeon’s YouTube Channel. Since July 2016, the video received roughly 70 million views. Also, the series ranked No. 2 in TV on Tumblr during 2016. 

Engaging Fans 

Due to demand from Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir’s fans who wanted more ways to engage with the brand, ZAG developed an extensive licensing and merchandising program with more than 300 licensees around the globe. That translates into more than 3,000 product SKUs across all categories. 

“We tap into everything from fashion to home décor, publishing and school products,” Mayer says. “We have a pretty broad spectrum of products.” 

Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir merchandise is available through retailers such as Hot Topic, Amazon, Toys”R”Us and various specialty stores in the United States. Some of the brand’s U.S.-based licensing partners include Action Lab Comics, Accessory Innovations, Bandai America LLC, BioWorld, Cardinal Games & Puzzles, Changes, Evy of California, Franco Manufacturing, Funko, Great Eastern, H.E.R., Komar Kids, Mighty Fine, Rubie’s Costume Company, Sakar International, Shout! Factory, Starlight Accessories and Townley. 

ZAG received Animation Magazine’s Breakout Studio of the Year Award in 2016 for Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir series. “It’s for the quality of the animation that we were developing for Miraculous,” Mayer says. “It’s superior to everybody in 3-D-CGI animation. It’s almost like you’re watching a live action show. We’re basically bringing motion picture quality animation to TV.” 

Bolstering Leadership 

To keep up with the company’s rapid expansion, ZAG bolstered its executive team this year. It appointed former Legendary Entertainment CFO Marlin Prager as its new COO and CFO. He is joined by David Ribardo, chief accounting officer and Cindy Elfenbein as vice president of retail business development. 

“We have experienced rapid growth since we launched our first series, Miraculous, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir,” ZAG Founder and CEO Jeremy Zag stated. “With over 200 hours of original content and eight television series in production, including the recent U.S. debut of our new boys’ action/adventure property, Zak Storm — Super Pirate, it has become exceedingly important to add accomplished executives to our existing, talented team who together will pave the way as we further expand.”

Former Legendary Cfo Joins Animation Studio Zag

ZAG has also hired David Ribardo as chief accounting officer. 

Former Legendary Entertainment executive Marlin Prager has joined ZAG as COO and CFO of the independent animation studio. 

Prager spent 11 years at Legendary, helping to close several bank financings exceeding $3 billion before the then-CFO helped founder Thomas Tull sell his studio to Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group last year. 

ZAG was founded in France in 2009 by Jeremy Zag, who has since expanded the company into the U.S. and Canada. ZAG is best known for its ZAG Heroez brand of cartoons and toys that target children and families. 

Last year, the company struck a deal with Netflix for Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, and ZAG says it has eight TV shows in the pipeline and three movies in development, the first planned for 2020 with a major studio it has not named. 

ZAG also said Wednesday it has hired David Ribardo as chief accounting officer and he will report to Prager, who reports to Zag. 

Cindy Elfenbein, a veteran of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products has also joined ZAG, reporting to Andre Lake Mayer, the studio's president of brand strategy and consumer products. 

"It has become exceedingly important to bring additional accomplished executives on board and join our existing leadership team," Zag said. "Marlin, Cindy and David are highly skilled and experienced executives who will help lead ZAG through the next phase of growth."

Inside Zag’s High-Tech Push For Zak Storm

In the wake of Zak Storm—Super Pirate‘s premiere on Discover Family US this fall, global independent animation studio ZAG has been aiming to better connect with the show’s target demo, boys ages six to 11. And as the toon makes its American Netflix premiere today, ZAG and global master toy partner Bandai America have launched a connected play experience that intertwines the TV show and toys with a new mobile game. 

Created by ZAG (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir) and Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Ben 10), Zak Storm—Super Pirate is a 39 x 22-minute CGI-animated series that follows the adventures of a normal kid who is swept into the Bermuda Triangle during a surfing competition. 

The brand’s free-to-play iOS, Android and Kindle app Zak Storm—Super Pirate syncs with small-screen battles to unlock game play and provide players with digital rewards. Additionally, all physical toys from Bandai come with collectible treasures that provide digital in-game rewards through unique QR codes. The toys will be available exclusively in the US through Amazon this month before expanding to Toys “R” Us in December and Target in January. Bandai’s line includes action figures, vehicles, playsets and dress up/roleplay products like Zak’s Calabrass Sword (US$14.99). 

“Everything that we’re seeing in this boys segment is something that’s being rebooted. We think we are in a unique position with Zak Storm being an original concept, ” says Andre Lake Mayer, ZAG Animation Studio president of global brand strategy and consumer products. “So we are really putting a huge push behind the whole experiential aspect of the Zak Storm—Super Pirate brand. The idea is that we want kids to be able to experience the character, the adventure and the coming-of-age story through the multiple platforms.” 

Beyond the “digital trifecta” launching today, ZAG has also signed a number of licensing agreements for the property. Licensees include Panini (magazines, trading cards, collectibles), Palamon (costumes), Editorial Planeta (publishing) and Gründ (publishing). 

“Publishing will be a big part of the first phase of the consumer products program,” Lake Mayer says. “Phase two will focus more on lifestyle products, and we’ll be moving into things like fashion apparel and back-to-school. One of the big areas we’re pushing into is sporting toys, with things like skateboards and beach gear.” 

In addition to Discovery Family US, a number of global broadcasting partners currently air the series including Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KidsClick TV (US), Discovery Kids Latin America, Family CHRGD and TVA’s Yoopa (Canada), Canal J (France), Gulli (France), POP (UK), Clan TV (Spain), Canal Panda (Spain), Canal Panda (Portugal), RTS (Switzerland), Super! (Italy) and RTL Telekids (Netherlands). 

Additional broadcasters will debut the series at the end of 2017 and into 2018 like Super RTL (Germany), MTV 3 (Finland), SIC (Portugal), Ouf Tivi (Belgium), VTM/KZoom (Belgium), MNC (Indonesia), Mediacorp (Singapore), India’s Discovery and Zoom (Israel). According to Lake Mayer, pre-production has already started on new episodes.

Zak Storm To Launch In U.S. With Connected Tv, Toy & App

The independent animation studio Zag is set to launch a digital trifecta for Zak Storm Super Pirate created by Man of Action Entertainment. The studio will offer a connected play experience with the brand that can be experienced across TV, toys and a mobile app. 

The series premieres today in the U.S. on Netflix and will conicide with the release of Bandai America’s line of toys at Amazon as well as a mobile adventure app which will be available on Apple, Google Play, and Kindle Fire. 

When kids watch the series, it will sync with the free Zak Storm Super Pirate mobile game to deliver small-screen battles and adventures that mimic the real-time TV show scenes. This in turn provides the player digital game rewards. The Zak Storm Super Pirate experience is even more heightened with Zak Storm toys from Bandai America. Each comes with collectible treasure that provides rewards for the Zak Storm mobile game. 

“We have had an overwhelming response from kids to Zak Storm Super Pirate in the countries where the TV series has already premiered, and we are excited to launch this digital trifecta that allows kids to synergistically play across the Zak Storm world via multiple platforms for a truly unique play experience,” said Jeremy Zag, founder and CEO of Zag. “We have created endless possibilities for fun, as kids are rewarded for doing what they already love to do: Watch, Play and Level Up!”


Miraculous™ Ladybug Jumps Into 75 Million Homes

Glendale, CA - July, 11th 2017

ZAG America, LLC, expands its TV broadcast reach in the USA announcing the premiere of Miraculous™, Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, (Season 1) on KidsClick; a daily national programming block for young viewers that launched on Saturday, July 1, 2017, across 75 million U.S. TV homes.

The beloved, global, hit animated TV series about a transforming girl superheroine, Miraculous™ will air 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, at 7:30 AM. The national broadcast reach of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s KidsClick will introduce Miraculous to a whole new audience of kids and families, as the block is aired locally on the affiliated major networks and multiple emerging networks. Zag will also release Zag Heroez – Zak Storm™ in October 2017, an action comedy TV series about the world’s first transforming “super pirate.”

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Miraculous Ladybug Christmas Special

December 20, 2016, GLENDALE, CA – ZAG expands its broadcast reach in the USA with a new Netflix deal for its #1 animated action-comedy series, Miraculous™ - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. On Tuesday, December 20th, Netflix will debut the first episode of Season 2 with the Miraculous™ - Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir Christmas Special, a special premiere for the American market. 

Additionally, Netflix has acquired the USA SVOD (streaming video on demand) rights to Seasons 1-3 of Zag’s Miraculous Ladybug (78 x 22-minute episodes), where the full Season 1 will premiere on February 14th, 2017 and Season 2 is expected to launch June 2017. 

“This expansion is a response to the high demand and changing lifestyles of our huge, digitally-savvy global fan community who pushed Miraculous to #2 ranking on Tumblr TV 2016 with over 5.6MM posts. Our “Miraculers” want access to their beloved show anytime. In most of the world, Miraculous ranks #1 for girls and kids, with an evident and growing family audience,” said Jeremy Zag, CEO and Founder of ZAG. 

ABOUT MIRACULOUS™ – Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir
The time is now. The city is Paris. Two amazing heroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir, stand to protect its citizens against evildoers. But can this uncanny duo continue to keep their city safe from ne'er-do-wells and get their homework in on time?! That's right. Ladybug and Cat Noir are actually Marinette and Adrien, two young students with super-secret lives filled with super-awesome excitement and a fair bit of young love! 

ABOUT ZAG™
ZAG, a privately held firm founded by Jeremy Zag, specializes in the creation and global distribution of kids and family entertainment franchises such as Miraculous™ - Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. ZAG's multiple focus on the production of high-quality CGI animated and hybrid (live action and animation) feature films, TV series and games with a 360 approach including digital content and music. Zag's animated TV division, Zagtoon, was created in 2009, and has produced over 200 half-hours of original content which air on major broadcast channels worldwide. Other divisions include its Feature Film division, ZAG Animation Studios (Joint-venture created in 2014 with Michael Barnathan and Chris Columbus), ZAG Digital and ZAG Records.

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Miraculous Ladybug Lands Youtube Channel, Web Series

In a bid to boost fan engagement, Zag America has launched a dedicated YouTube channel and an exclusive 52-episode web series based on its global CGI-animated TV series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. 

The new channel went live today with the first five Miraculous webisodes. 

Using a two-format and weekly refresh strategy, the first 10 episodes are 3D CG-animated stories that detail the secret diary entries of Marinette, aka Ladybug (Christina Vee). 

These will be followed by a second wave of 2D-animated stories that further expand the show’s Parisian world featuring newly designed characters. 

The channel will also have exclusive reveals, season two updates, fandom-based content, toy and merchandise information, doodle drawings and lifestyle-inspired videos covering food, fashion, Paris and romance stories. 

Co-produced by Method Animation, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir was recently greenlit for second and third seasons. The series currently airs in more than 80 countries on major networks including Disney Channel Europe/LATAM/Korea and Nickelodeon in the US. 

The property also boasts a growing L&M program with more than 60 global licensees already on-board.

Miraculous: A French Turn On Teenage Superheroes

Here is – "voici," I should say — the Parisian high school superhero cartoon series you have been looking for. 

"Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir" premiered domestically on Nickelodeon last December, just two months after its French premiere. A second American DVD collection, "Spots On," is being released Tuesday by Shout Factory’s Shout Kids sub-label, following a first volume in May. While my interest in superheroes is perhaps inversely related to the degree to which they have occupied the culture, my Francophilia is such that I am critical putty in its CGI-animated hands. (And I am no particular fan of CGI animation, either.) 

And it’s good — clever, romantic, fun, the way some of us prefer our superhero stories. 

Set in a Paris of recognizable spaces and landmarks — including, along with the unavoidable Eiffel Tower, the Hotel de Ville, the Pont des Arts, Notre Dame, art nouveau Metropolitan signs, poster-plastered kiosks and I.M. Pei's glass pyramid in the forecourt of the Louvre (which gets thanked in the credits) — it is a bouillabaisse of local Gallic detail. The main character's father is a baker; on parents' career day, he brings croissants to her class; the supernatural sidekick of another has a taste for Camembert. The authorship of "Sleeping Beauty" is assigned to Charles Perrault and not to Walt Disney. And the DVDs allow you the choice of listening in the original French, which feels classy. 

The action is centered among a group of students at whatever they call high school over there, the usual complement of types locally familiar from teenage comedies and Archie comics, and now recognized internationally: spoiled girl, spoiled girl's lackey, bohemian, jock, nerd, like that. Marinette (Cristina Vee) is the French-Chinese smart girl who takes time off from studies to protect Paris in the guise of Ladybug, a costumed crusader into whom she transforms with the help of a pair of magical earrings. (As is traditional, the battle is for the soul of a single city; there are no field trips to Lyon or Toulouse.) 

Marinette has a crush on her classmate Adrien (Bryce Papenbrook), an unspoiled rich kid who moonlights as a model, and like, Marinette, as a superhero, Cat Noir. (That the male hero wears a catsuit, cat ears and a sort of tail is what to American eyes may seem a surprisingly foreign and/or feminine touch.) Although Ladybug and Cat Noir fight as a team, neither suspects the other's secret identity, a situation complicated by the fact that Marinette has a crush on Adrien and Adrien has a crush on Ladybug. It's the classic Clark-Lois-Superman triangle, if Lois were also a superhero, too, rather than just a damn fine reporter. 

As the “Popeye” cartoons of old, with their predictable progression of conflict-spinach-resolution, every episode of "Miraculous" has a similar outline. A frustrated character is unwittingly converted to thematically appropriate super-powered badness by the interference of Hawk Moth, the supervillain of the piece. A policeman becomes a robocop; a spurned lover a Dark Cupid. 

Like Sauron or Voldemort in his middle years, Hawk Moth never leaves his dark aerie but enlists proxies to try to steal the "miraculous" (it's a noun here, plural "miraculouses") that enable Marinette and Adrien to become Ladybug and Cat Noir and whose possession will increase his power. Battle is engaged. Invariable catch phrases and ritual poses from our heroes, with Ladybug ever so slightly in charge, lead to order restored. 

The characters do have the look of extruded plastic common to CGI cartoons — especially to those operating on a budget. (That also means a Paris oddly devoid of passersby — though full of little French cars.) But within these limits the design is lovely and the animation elegant, and a lot of work has gone into the staging and execution of the action scenes. An episode that plays off horror movie tropes captures the proper, properly cinematic atmosphere. And a car chase through the streets of Paris — in pursuit of an evil mime (yes, a mime, it's France!) — is the best Paris-based car chase I've seen since "Ronin." Oui! C’est vrai!

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Laura Marano's Video To Premiere At San Diego Comic-Con

Laura Marano is officially headed to the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con…well, sort of.

The 20-year-old singer’s newest video for Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir will make its debut at the panel on Saturday, July 23rd in room 6DE.
“Oh my goodness, I AM SO EXCITED,” Laura excitedly reacted on Twitter when the news was announced.

The Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir panel will host producer Jeremy Zag, creator Thomas Astruc, and voice actors Cristina Vee, Bryce Papenbrook, Keith Silverstein, Mela Lee, Max Mittelman, Carrie Keranen, Christopher Smith and Ezra Weiss.

Guests dressed as their favorite Miraculous character will receive a Ladybug action figure and one lucky fan will even win a trip to Paris!

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Annecy: Zagtoon, Method Anim Greenlight ‘Power Toys’

ANNECY — Adding to the building Paris-L.A. TV animation axis, L.A.and Paris-based Zagtoon and Paris’ Method Animation are teaming with Playmates Toys and Man of Action Studios, creators of “Ben 10” and “Big Hero 6,” on new TV action series: “Power Toys.” 

Move marks Method and Zagtoon’s follow-up to “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,” aired by Nickelodeon in the U.S. and highlighted by buyers at a TV France International Annecy Fest panel on Friday as one of the most succesful of recent French TV animation shows. 



France Televisions will be French TV network partner on “Power Toys.” 

Zag’s ‘Miraculous’ Greenlight For Seasons 2 & 3

On the strength of its ratings performance around the globe, Zag Heroes title Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir has been greenlit for second and third seasons. Produced by ZAG and Method Animation, the CG-animated action series currently airs on top broadcasters including Nickelodeon (U.S.), Disney Channel (Europe, LatAm, Korea), TF1 (France), EBS (Korea), Gloob (Brazil) and ABC (Australia). Season one will also expand to SUPER in Italy and POP in the U.K. next February/March.

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (26 x 22, episodes 27-65) season two — produced by ZAG/Zagtoon and Method in collaboration with Disney Channel (Europe) and TF1 — will premiere in early summer 2017. The story will continue to feature the magically transforming Ladybug and her partner Cat Noir, as they encounter new “akumatized” villains in each episode and stay tuned for new super hero friends. Broadcasters that have already committed to this second season include TF1, Disney EMEA, Gloob, SUPER and Tele-Quebec.

Bandai continues as the global master toy partner for Miraculous, with action figure and role-play product hitting shelves in August and September 2016 in the U.S., France, Spain and U.K. The brand currently boasts over 60 licensees globally. ZAG will be showcasing the property at Licensing Expo in Las Vegas at Booth #A185.

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Shout! Factory and Zag Strike Deal for ‘Miraculous’

Shout! Factory and multimedia kids and family entertainment company AG have entered a strategic distribution partnership for CG-animated action-comedy series Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir to home audiences in the U.S. and Canada. 

The multi-year deal gives Shout! exclusive U.S. rights for DVD and Blu-ray and select digital rights in Canada for all 26 episodes. A strategic rollout is planned for this year through Shout! Factory Kids. 

Zag Heroez Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is a co-production of ZAG, Method Animation, Disney Channel EMEA, Toei Animation, SamG Animation, SK Broadband, PGS HK Limited and AB International Distribution. The show follows the adventures of charismatic 13-year-old Marinette, who magically transforms into the superhero Ladybug to save the day using her super powers, mysterious lucky charms and the unique power of “creation.” Accompanied by her magical pet Tikki, Marinette must balance hero work with her everyday life — like her relationship with her crush, Aidan, who unknown to Marinette is her superhero sidekick, Cat Noir. 

Miraculous currently airs on Nickelodeon (US), TF1 (France), ABC (Australia), EBS (Korea) and will soon debut on Disney Channel (EMEA, Latin America), Super! (Italy), Tele-Quebec, Gloob (Brazil), TVNZ (New Zealand), Proximus TV (Belgium), RTS (Switzerland) and LRT (Lithuania).

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