CANNESâ€”FUNNY FACE, a new animated childrenâ€™s series from Glendale, California-based Renegade Animation has won the 5th Annual MIPCOM Junior Licensing Challenge, an international competition for new TV properties. Competing against entries from Italy, France, South Korea, Spain and elsewhere, FUNNY FACE was selected for having the highest licensing potential by a panel of judges that included representatives of Simon & Schuster, Entertainment Rights Plc, WNET and Marathon Animation. FUNNY FACE shared the award with HUNTIK: SECRETS AND SEEKERS, produced by Rainbow S.p.A., headquartered in Loreto, Italy.
Six finalists were presented in live pitches in a session held at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes and hosted by License! Global magazine. The judges also considered the propertiesâ€™ originality, visual and story elements, and distribution and broadcast plans.
Aimed at tweens and teens, FUNNY FACE is based on the wise cracking fruit characters first introduced by Pillsbury in drink packets in the 1960s. The series combines memorable characters, slapstick action, smart comic dialogue and the exquisitely designed and executed animation that is a signature of Renegade Animation (HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI, THE MR. MEN SHOW). The series recalls the flat-out, physical comedy of classic, theatrical cartoons such as Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes. Children’s entertainment development company Fitzroy Media is handling international sales and licensing initiatives for the series.
About Renegade Animation
Renegade Animation is an industry leading producer of cross-platform, digital animation. It produces smart funny and always original animation for film, television, advertising, DVD products and other media. Its unique animation process allows Renegade to achieve a traditional look with non-traditional tools and to generate high quality content much faster and more efficiently than industry norms. Renegade Animation is located at 116 N. Maryland Ave., Lower Level, Glendale, CA 91206. For more information, call (818) 551-2351 or visit
About FitzRoy Media LLC
FitzRoy Media (FRM) is a media property development company, Lead by CEO Hamp Hampton, specializing in childrenâ€™s entertainment created for a variety of new and emerging alternative media platforms including mobile, Internet, Video on Demand and interactive broadcast TV. FRMâ€™s flagship property, BidZerk!â„¢, is an interactive gaming experience encompassing online, wireless and live action, that is poised to become a global childrenâ€™s brand for kids 9-14 through broadband, broadcast and mobile TV format sales. Other properties under management representation at FitzRoy Media include Funny Face, HeathCliff, Brit Chicks and Secret Wings. FitzRoy Mediaâ€™s executive team includes COO Terrence McCarthy, an award-winning technology and integrator consultant who founded Neoteric, Inc., a leading workflow, directory and messaging integrator. McCarthy is a veteran CTO, CFO and management consultant for major corporate clients including Price Waterhouse Coopers, Road Runner, American Airlines, UNICEF, Hitachi, Novell, Motorola and IBM.