Roubaix, France - March 15, 2010 - The latest Kids TV Report ranks Wakfu as the most watched series by French youth (4-14 years). The series will air on the German channel RTL 2 this summer.
The most popular series among French viewers between 4 and 14 years of age:
Having being voted best animation studio of the year by the international festival Cartoons on the Bay for its work on Wakfu, Ankama sees the success of its series confirmed once more with the release of the latest Kids TV Report (Eurodata TV Worldwide). This places Wakfu as the top series among French viewers between the ages of 4 and 14 years in the 2nd half of 2009. Released in late February, the Kids TV Report presents and analyses the performance of youth programs on the biggest channels in the five major European markets for animation: Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.
An innovative method for producing a successful series:
Wakfu the cartoon, broadcast since late 2008 as part of France 3s youth programming schedule, is the result of a synthesis of traditional animation done by hand - and 2D computer animation techniques. Based on the same legend as the online game Wakfu, the television series recounts the adventures of Yugo, who sets off in search of his origins, and finds himself saving the world along with his friends. It garners on average 1 million viewers each week.
Wakfu the animated series - soon in Germany:
In the summer of 2010, Wakfu the TV series will be broadcast for the first time in Germany, exclusively on RTL 2. A daily Wakfu quiz will be held at the Leipzig Book Fair on the RTL 2 stand (H 505), while over on the Ankama stand (G 401), participants will find the answers to the quiz questions, and win gift packs containing, among other treats, figurines of Yugo, the hero of the series.
Wakfu is a world destroyed by the tears of a sad, lovelorn ogre, Ogrest, in which a child with mysterious powers, Yugo, goes in search of his origins and his people: the Eliatropes. During his journey, he is joined by other travellers: Ruel Stroud, an old, crafty, avaricious bounty hunter, Percedal, a young, brainless, but exceedingly brave warrior, Amalia, a fugitive princess as beautiful as she is rebellious, her bodyguard Evangelyne, who is much more down-to-earth, and finally his most faithful companion, Az, a greedy, clumsy but loyal Tofu.
Visit the Wakfu TV Series website: http://serie.wakfu.com/en
About ANKAMA Group
Founded by Anthony Roux, Camille Chafer and Emmanuel Darras in Roubaix in 2001, ANKAMA is an independent group which produces digital creations and employs over 400 people. The international success of the groups MMORPG DOFUS, with more than 30 million players, enabled ANKAMA to branch out into several related industries: online games, publishing, animations, web design, press, mobile phone services, video games for next gen consoles. ANKAMA is also developing Wakfu, a crossmedia project composed of animated cartoon, video game, card game and comic book. For more information, visit our official website: www.ankama-group.com
About Eurodata TV Worldwide
Created by Mdiamtrie, Eurodata TV Worldwide distributes information measuring television audiences throughout the world, made possible by its extensive partnership agreements. The Eurodata TV Worldwide database covers over 2000 channels, equating to 2.8 billion viewers in over 80 countries, and provides comprehensive daily information on programming, content, production, international distribution and viewing figures based on target audience, supplied directly by its industry sources worldwide. These results form part of a range of peripheral services aimed at facilitating decision-making for professionals in the international audiovisual domain, namely producers, distributors, broadcasters, rights handlers, sponsors, etc. www.eurodatatv.com