Toonz closes U.S. deal with Peacock for 13 animation titles

Toonz Entertainment, the Ireland-based distribution division of India’s Toonz Media Group, has inked a non-exclusive deal with NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock for several animation titles.

The sale was finalized in March and includes 13 series targeting kids ages three-to-nine. Five of the shows – Lucky Fred, Sandra, Uma & Devan, Dee Dee and Darwin & Newts – have already started streaming on the platform. And the others, including CG-animated series Briko and Zoonicorn and non-dialogue titles Rat-a-Tat and Cat & Keet are expected to drop into Peacock’s lineup in the coming weeks.

Based in Galway, Toonz Entertainment hinted in a press release that it has more US sales in the works for both Toonz originals and syndicated content.

For its part, Peacock has been busy on the acquisitions front lately. The streamer acquired DreamWorks’ Megamind’s Guide to Defending Your City and Abominable and the Invisible City earlier this year, in addition to ordering preschool titles such as Dino Pops (13 x 30 minutes) and Team Mekbots Animal Rescue (39 x seven minutes). And Press Start!, a CG-animated series from Cyber Group Studios, is due to premiere on the SVOD in 2023.

The non-exclusive deal covers 230 hours of animated content in English and Spanish languages and will be streamed by Peacock in the USA, including in US Hispanic territories.