Classic Media buys rights to Arabic kids' series

Firm acquires worldwide distribution rights for Nan & Lili.
From left to right - Firdaus Kharas, creator of Nan and Lili, Malika Alouane, director of Channel's Programming at JCC and Baraem TV, Chloe van den Be
From left to right - Firdaus Kharas, creator of Nan and Lili, Malika Alouane, director of Channel's Programming at JCC and Baraem TV, Chloe van den Be


Nan & Lili, an Arabic animated preschool series created by director and executive producer Firdaus Kharas for Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC), will be distributed worldwide by Classic Media.

The show, which was unveiled to buyers at MIPTV, was created for a global audience of pre-school boys and girls (2-4yrs). 200 episodes of three minutes each have been created in three languages: Arabic, English and French. 100 more episodes are presently in development and will be delivered later this year.

Presented in 3D fashion, Nan & Lili are two funny characters who explore the world around them and play with their friends. Though they sometimes misbehave, they always help each other get out of trouble! Along with their friends Badi and Hella, the characters are often joined by a range of animals including camels, sheep, goats and elephants as they play and learn together.

Chloé van den Berg, EVP, International - Classic Media, commented it is “very excited to be working with JCC on its first animated pre-school series”.

“Nan & Lili is a fantastic show with a unique animation style and a fresh approach to pre-school learning – offering entertainment whilst encouraging the valuable building blocks of problem-solving skills and emotional intelligence,” she stated.

Commenting on this announcement, Malika Alouane, Director of Channels’ Programming at Al Jazeera Children’s Channel and Baraem TV, added: “Nan & Lili is a multi-award winning series that has gained international recognition and appreciation for providing pre-schoolers with unique and fresh educational content. The positive feedback that the Channel has received from mothers and preschool teachers from across the Arab world is a clear testimony that the series’ innovative methods of delivering educational values have succeeded, and we are thrilled to share it with the rest of the world. We are confident that Classic Media, our distribution partner for Nan & Lili, will secure international positioning of this property, especially with broadcasters who are keen on delivering quality programming to their young audiences.”

Firdaus Kharas, creator of the series, added that “for the first time, an animated series made for the Middle East will travel the world”.

“This is a historic achievement that reflects the quality of the programming broadcast on Baraem TV. “

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