Banijay Kids & Family Unveils New Audiobooks
Banijay Kids & Family, the global leader in children’s entertainment, behind hit shows such as Totally Spies! and Mr Bean: The Animated Series, announces the launch of its first audiobooks following a strategic partnership with the leading digital publishing company, Bookwire GmbH.
Hit spy-fi animation, Totally Spies!, paranormal detective series, Martin Mystery and pre-school comedy series, Mumfie, are available in French from today via all major listening platforms including Audible, Apple Books, Google, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.
Annick Bizet, New Business & Strategic Alliances Director says: “With Banijay Kids & Family’s diverse portfolio, there are endless and exciting opportunities to explore for our brands beyond the screen. Bookwire is a great partner, with extensive expertise, and it is wonderful to see our first range of audiobooks hit the market.”
Mariana Feged, General Manager at Bookwire states: “Bookwire opened an office in Paris in July 2021. Bookwire offers French publishers and audiovisual producers personalized assistance to launch themselves into the rapidly growing French audiobook market, filled with new opportunities. In addition to our distribution solution, Bookwire’s services include our WAY (“We Audiobook You”) production solution. We are delighted that these series have benefited from it.”
Banijay Kids & Family and Bookwire worked closely with two studios on these projects: Lyon-based studio Blynd worked on the adaptations of Totally Spies! and Martin Mystery, while Kidsono created the Mumfie audio series.
Totally Spies! is produced by Banijay Kids & Family label Zodiak Kids & Family France. Originally running from 2001 for six seasons, a new series has been confirmed and will launch from next year around the world with co-producers Gulli (France), and Discovery Kids LatAm. It will also air across EMEA and the U.S. with Warner Bros. Discovery.
Mumfie is a preschool comedy series, based on Britt Allcroft’s Magic Adventures of Mumfie (creator of Thomas & Friends and the film Thomas & The Magic Railroad). It is produced by Zodiak Kids & Family France and Animoka, alongside France Télévisions and Rai (Italy).
Martin Mystery, the worldwide smash hit, is based on the bestselling comic book by Alfredo Castelli. A dripping goo-fest of supernatural slime, thrills and comedy, the series as is distributed by Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution (part of Banijay Kids & Family).