Finnish production house Haruworks has called on Zodiak Kids to secure co-production deals for its new animation Worst Best Friends.
Zodiak, part of the Banuijay Group, will also hold worldwide distribution rights to the completed 52 x 11’ series, which is based on the kids’ novel by Finnish author Miikka Pörsti.
“We’ve been looking to work with Zodiak Kids on a suitable project for several years”, says Haruworks Producer and CEO Nick Dorra. “I’m super happy we ended up partnering on this one. Our creative goals match really well, and now we’re set to conquer the market circuit!”
The partnership proceeds next week’s Cartoon Forum in in Toulouse, where Haruworks will be looking for broadcast partners to line up production financing, as well as an animation studio to shoulder the production work.
Benoit di Sabatino, CEO, Zodiak Kids says: “We are so pleased to be partnering with Nick and Maija on this great comedy show about friendship, it has been love at first sight and an unanimous decision from the team at Zodiak Kids to join forces.”
South Africa-based Lucy Heavens wrote two sample scripts and style guide, and Brink Helsinki was the creative force behind the show’s fresh visual style. Finnish public broadcaster YLE2 wrote the sponsoring letter to help the project get selected for this year's Cartoon Forum.