‘Pocoyo’ creator Zinkia acquires Canarian animation studio KOYI Talent

Zinkia, the Spanish creator of the Pocoyo series, has reached an agreement with Canarian animation studio KOYI Talent to acquire 100 per cent of its business. The operation incorporates three new brands to Zinkia’s catalogue and a purchase option for a fourth, as well as a studio located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In addition to producing its own content, this site will also take on work for third parties, capitalising on tax incentives for the Canary Islands. The acquisition consolidates Zinkia as a leader in the animation sector in Spain and Europe, and also enhances the company’s growth.

The acquisition of KOYI will add to Zinkia’s portfolio the traditional animation preschool series Bumpy: The Bear, for which 52 episodes of seven minutes have been slated. Production work is scheduled to start next spring, based on an agreement currently being finalised with a US company and the likely participation of Spanish public broadcaster TVE, which selected it during its recent tender for coproduction series. 

Zinkia CEO Alberto Delgado said, “The acquisition of KOYI Talent enables Zinkia to continue with its expansion and growth plans, consolidating our presence in the Canary Islands and broadening our production business area through the possibility of providing international services. At the same time, we are diversifying our assets by incorporating new proprieties to our catalogue, which will facilitate significant growth in coming years.”

Another project included in the operation is Ghost Bros, a series aimed at audiences aged six to eight created by Yellow Kingdom (Chorch Edelstein) and WeDoo Studio (Emi Ordás). The series follows the hilarious adventures of two orphans adopted by a dysfunctional family, whose main purpose is to make everyone happy, because, otherwise, they will have to return to the place they escaped from, the great beyond. In addition, KOYI Talent’s integration into Zinkia includes a feature film script and a purchase option for the IP of the brand Bugsted.

Zinkia’s strategy for 2022 also contemplates the start of production work on Pocoyo’s fifth season, as well as new special episodes for YouTube and digital platforms. The creators of Pocoyo are also working on a new title they will unveil next February at KidScreen Summit, the leading event of the children’s content industry.