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.