Company InfoSuperights is a key international youth content provider for the global market with well-established broadcasting partners all over the world and more than 25 producers! Our activity includes all rights, from traditional TV to VOD platforms, licensing and merchandising, theatrical, home video and more, with an expert team speaking multiple languages (French, English, Spanish, Italian). We operate from Paris, Milan, New York and Los Angeles. Superights has been nominated for Unifrance’s TV Export Award in 2022 and awarded Best European… Read more
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Nathalie PinguetDeputy General Manager, Sales & Acquisitions
Jérômine Ader de la VillardièreSales Manager
Juliette BéchuSales Manager & Acquisitions
Pedro CitaristiVP, Southern Europe Operations
Superights’ Live-Action Drive Begins with Home Sweet Rome!
Based on a concept by Hannah Montana co-creator Michael Poryes, the live-action musical tween series Home Sweet Rome! has already garnered a great deal of buzz. The Italian-Canadian co-production between Italy’s Red Monk Studio, a unit of France’s Superprod Group, and Canada’s First Generation Films is being taken out globally by Superights. Nathalie Pinguet, Superights’ deputy general manager for sales and acquisitions, tells us about the show’s USP, with input from Pedro Citaristi, Red Monk’s CEO and executive producer of the series, and Charles Braud, managing director of Superprod’s 440Hz.
TV KIDS: Tell us about Home Sweet Rome!
PINGUET: Superights ventures into teen live action with the launch of this groundbreaking new series. This brand-new coming-of-age series centers on Lucy, a 13-year-old girl who moves from the U.S. to start a new life in Rome with her widowed archaeologist dad, who has just married Francesca, an Italian pop star. Lucy has to learn to adapt to her new city, school and life with a famous stepmom. Meanwhile, she’s going through the growing pains of being a 13-year-old girl, with the additional challenge of her best friend, Kayla, being 6,000 miles away. The first season contains 13 26-minute episodes, and season two development is in the works.
TV KIDS: Tell us about the producers behind the series and what they bring to the production.
PINGUET: The series is based on a concept by Michael Poryes, co-creator of the iconic series Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven, a hitmaking blend of music and comedy. Home Sweet Rome! is an international co-production between Red Monk Studio, the Italian arm of Superprod Group, in partnership with Canada’s First Generation Films. The series was developed by Humanitas winner Matt Huether and Emmy nominee Courtney Jane Walker, who serve as showrunners. Italian executive producer Riccardo Neri’s credits include Oscar-nominated The Hand of God and HBO’s The New Pope.
TV KIDS: How does the Superprod Group take an integrated approach to TV, music and digital in this show?
PINGUET: Superprod Group takes a 360-degree approach to this new series; Red Monk produces while its Superights division handles distribution, and music subsidiary 440Hz manages the music supervision and music publishing aspects as well as digital distribution of the 11 original songs, written by Hollywood hitmakers Chen Neeman and Alex Geringas. We are delighted to launch our live-action slate with this project that has been developed in-house. We strongly believe that this musical project completes our lineup with something fresh, cross-cultural and globally appealing for the 6- to 12-year-old target.
CITARISTI: The collaboration between Matt and Courtney and the Canadian-Italian directors, Emmy-awarded Stefan Scaini, Cecilia Albertini and Margherita Ferri, creates a unique program that will delight audiences around the world. Following the shared excitement between us and our commissioning broadcasters for the first 13 episodes, we have just decided to kick off the development of season two, commissioning Matt and Courtney for the pilot script, where we will see even more Rome, more Lucy and Kyla and more music than season one!
BRAUD: Handling the music supervision for Home Sweet Rome! has been an incredible journey for the 440Hz team, from working with talented Italian composer Matteo Locasciulli to produce a wonderful score, hiring two great U.S. songwriters in Alex Geringas and Chen Neeman to deliver cute and catchy original songs, licensing over 20 preexisting songs covering many genres and nationalities to releasing the music worldwide on all music streaming platforms.
In addition to traditional music distribution and publishing, we’ve created a YouTube channel for the fantastic music videos and have linked them to our stars Kensington Tallman and Ava Ro’s growing social media accounts.
TV KIDS: What’s unique about this project in the live-action space?
PINGUET: It features two of the hottest young rising stars in television. Kensington Tallman is a series regular on Nickelodeon’s That Girl Lay Lay and is in an exciting upcoming major feature film. Ava Ro currently stars in Erin & Aaron, which debuted on Nickelodeon in late April and premieres worldwide on Netflix in the fall.
The series highlights the glory of Rome, which is unique in kids’ programming, while the compelling original songs drive the narrative as well as the comedy and showcase the talents of our stars. The series blends fashion, fun and Italian cooking into an irresistible recipe.
TV KIDS: Where has it been broadcast and sold to already, and what is Superights’ next big priority for the show?
PINGUET: Home Sweet Rome! is the first collaboration in the kids’ space between Max (HBO) and Europe’s top public broadcasters BBC, RAI and Germany’s ARD, along with Canada’s Family Channel. Discussions are in progress worldwide with leading outlets.
TV KIDS: What, above all, would you like our readers to know about the series?
PINGUET: Based on the show’s strong showing in Canada and the growing buzz around its launch in July on the BBC and in the fall in Italy and Germany, the pieces are clearly coming together to cement Home Sweet Rome! as a new global franchise. We can’t wait to share more about season two, which will see more of Lucy and Kyla’s adventures in more gorgeous Rome locations and more great original music!
SHOWCASE: Superights Revs Up for Go! Go! Cory Carson
Based on VTech’s line of Go! Go! Smart Wheels toys, the adventure comedy kids’ series Go! Go! Cory Carson follows the titular orange car around Bumperton Hills as he learns to navigate the ups and downs of childhood. Earlier this year, Superights secured a deal with VTech for the international distribution rights to the series, which is produced by Kuku Studios for Netflix and has Superprod on board to handle CGI production.
“Superights could not be happier to continue this amazing adventure, with Cory getting worldwide second-window rights to reinforce the exposure of the brand,” says Nathalie Pinguet, Superights’ deputy general manager.
In addition to being inspired by an established toy line, what gives Go! Go! Cory Carson an extra boost in the market is the talent of the creative team that hails from the likes of Pixar Animation Studios, according to Pinguet, who also notes that the series has thus far earned three Daytime Emmy Awards.
“The premium animation style, as well as the originality of the writing and dialogue, have to be highlighted,” says Pinguet. “The series stages many daily-life situations that everyone can relate to with a masterful blend of humor and heart, gathering parents and kids around an appealing universe full of colors and good values.”
Among the values that Go! Go! Cory Carson has at its core are perseverance, community living, kindness, family, hard work and self-confidence, and it’s a show that aims to connect with young boys and girls alike. It covers such globally relatable themes as the first day of school, birthdays, holidays, one’s first pet, the passing of a family member and more.
Created by parents, says Pinguet, the series is inspired by recollections of the challenges of growing up—from overcoming fears to developing social skills—and features emotions and humor that are meant to be engaging for kids as well as their caregivers. “We have even received reports of parents laughing and getting emotional watching the series themselves,” she says. “This is where the magic of this series lies, and we are confident that the show will keep resonating with many families all around the world.”
Superights, which is handling all linear broadcasting rights for Go! Go! Cory Carson worldwide, except for China, aims to broaden the series’ international exposure while supporting VTech’s licensing and merchandising strategy.
In addition to Go! Go! Cory Carson, Superights boasts in its catalog such titles as The Adventures of Little Penguin, produced by Tencent Video, and Momolu and Friends, from Ferly, Yellow Animation and Digital Graphics.
Superights is a key international youth content provider for the global market with well-established broadcasting partners all over the world and more than 25 producers! Our activity includes all rights, from traditional TV to VOD platforms, licensing and merchandising, theatrical, home video and more, with an expert team speaking multiple languages (French, English, Spanish, Italian). We operate from Paris, Milan, New York and Los Angeles. Superights has been nominated for Unifrance’s TV Export Award in 2022 and awarded Best European Investor/Distributor of the Year by Cartoon Forum Tributes in 2015.
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