Sunrise Productions announce new global TV distribution partnership with Aardman


Sunrise Productions recently announced a new global TV distribution partnership between their Cape Town-based studio and the Aardman Rights and Brand Development division.

Aardman will represent Sunrise’s brand new animated series Munki and Trunk (52 x 7’), which will premiere at MIPCOM Junior.

Phil Cunningham, founder at Sunrise Productions said: “We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious studio such as Aardman. We have ambitious plans for Munki and Trunk building off the TV series including a series of feature films, physical attractions and an exciting licensing and partnership strategy. We know that the team at Aardman is the perfect distribution partners for our TV series and this is a vital part of building the brand globally.”

Commenting on the partnership, Alison Taylor, newly appointed head of Sales and Acquisitions said: “We are really excited to be teaming up with Sunrise Productions, a pioneering studio who has a similar approach to producing high quality animation as we do here at Aardman. Munki and Trunk is a beautifully crafted CGI series, with wonderful character design and brilliantly funny story lines. It’s sure to make kids laugh out loud and we are excited to be showing it to our partners for the very first time at MIPCOM Junior.’

Sunrise made several hires this year including former Discovery and Turner Exec, Jennifer Burgos, award-winning writer Will Brenton, who has co-created, written, produced and directed some of today’s best known programmes for children, and writer Robin Crowther-Smith. The studio is best known for their flagship show Jungle Beat, the award-winning series that has been broadcast in over 180 countries, as well as their 3D sport animated characters for high profile sports brands including England Rugby’s Football Union, the Welsh Rugby Rugby Union and Juventus Football Club.

Munki and Trunk is a tree-crashing, rock smashing, water-splashing, fruit-mashing, knock about comedy adventure for kids aged four to seven years.

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Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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