Ankama Goes Global Through Netflix
Netflix Acquires Popular French Animation Series WAKFU
Los Angeles, Sept. 10, 2014 - Ankama, the independent French media group, today announced that the company's productions continue to expanded beyond France through a major agreement with Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network.
The agreement brings Ankama's hit animated series WAKFU to a global audience of more than 50 million Netflix members. Created entirely within Ankama's animation studio in Northern France, WAKFU is an epic fantasy-adventure series that's already enthralled the French public. The series will be available everywhere Netflix is available by the end of this year.
“This partnership represents very high visibility and a strong growth opportunity for Ankama,” said Olivier Comte, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Ankama. “We are very excited to be working with Netflix. We can now take a great French series across the globe, with just one agreement. It is incredibly motivating for our young and growing team of about 500 employees.”
“Animation has a very strong history in France and French animators are among the best and most innovative in the world,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to be working with Ankama to bring its engaging title to millions of Netflix members and expect to further strengthen our relationship with Ankama and other French animation studios.”
Netflix members in more than 40 countries can watch a broad variety of TV series and movies, including many titles for kids. The company has a history of bringing large audiences to titles from many parts of the world.
The WAKFU series plays by its own rules: Total freedom of tone and impeccable quality! The two seasons of the series have been acclaimed by critics and audiences. The series has won numerous awards including International Studio of the Year at the 2010 Cartoons on the Bay awards in Italy. In addition, season two was named best non-Japanese animated series of 2011 by the readers of French magazine Animeland.
The series launches on Netflix in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Nordics on Sept. 14. WAKFU will also be available on Netflix in France, Germany, Belgium and Luxemburg when the service starts in those countries and across Latin America this fall.
Ankama is an independent French group and a leader in the entertainment industry that builds its development around a trans-media strategy: online games, animation, publishing, press, music, merchandise, toys, games for consoles and mobile devices. Ankama develops its universes through all these media to create a complete and immersive narrative experience. www.ankama-group.com
WAKFU is a trans-media experience comprising an animated series, online and console video games, and comic books. Each adventure is an original creation which can be lived separately, although the experience is richer if you explore various media! WAKFU transports its fans into the same magical, humorous universe as DOFUS, whilst adding notions of ecology and citizenship. For more information, please visit the official WAKFU website at www.WAKFU.com. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wakfu
About WAKFU (the animated series)
WAKFU's adventure begins in Emelka, a small village lost in the woods. Yugo, a 12 year old boy, lives in the village inn run by his adoptive father, Alibert. One day, Yugo discovers he has mysterious powers, an unexpected event that marks the beginning of a new life for him. Alibert tells him that he isn't his real father and that he must leave on a quest to find his true family. Accompanied by his loyal companions, Yugo begins an epic adventure, during which he and his friends will discover that the fate of the entire World of Twelve rests on their shoulders....
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