Thursday, September 2, 2010

Nickelodeon Acquires “Winx Club” and Will Co-Produce Seasons 5 and 6

via Nickelodeon press release:
Nickelodeon and Rainbow S.p.A. Announce Global Partnership for Winx Club Animated Series
Nick and Rainbow S.p.A. to Co-Develop and Co-Produce Seasons Five and Six of Winx Club
NEW YORK, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Nickelodeon has acquired the Winx Club TV rights for the U.S. and the pay-TV rights for Latin America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Benelux. Winx Club features the adventures of six magical fairies who are hugely popular with young girls around the world. The new partnership gives Nickelodeon, the number-one global brand for kids, access to the existing Winx Club TV series and two theatrical films. The agreement also includes the co-development and co-production of seasons five and six of the series.
“It is very exciting for us to be partnering with Iginio Straffi and Rainbow, who have had such tremendous success with this property internationally,” said Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group. “The Winx Club franchise is a big hit with young girls and we think there is great opportunity for it domestically as a property that allows us to fill a gap for girls in the six-to-eight-year-old range.”
“We are very proud to start this collaboration with the most prestigious network in the world,” declared Iginio Straffi, Founder and President of Rainbow S.p.A. “This is a new challenge for our fairies who, I’m sure, will find a place in the hearts of American and British children.”
“We are confident that Nickelodeon’s global brand strength and scale combined with Rainbow’s strong consumer products base will perfectly position us to take Winx Club to the next level for audiences and partners in multiple markets around the world,” said Bob Bakish, President, MTV Networks International.
Nickelodeon will partner with Rainbow to co-develop and co-produce seasons five and six of Winx Club. Seasons five and six will consist of 26 episodes each and will launch on Nickelodeon domestically and internationally (with the exception of Italy) in 2012. Prior to launching the new seasons of Winx Club, Nickelodeon will introduce the series on the network in 2011 by airing four hour-long animated specials based on seasons one and two, as well as the episodes from seasons three and four.
Winx Club is an animated action and fantasy series set in the mystical dimension of Magix where three schools educate modern fairies, witches and supernatural warriors from all over the universe. Bloom, a young fairy in training from Earth, and five of her schoolmates form the Winx Club to combat their arch enemies. Winx Club first debuted in Italy six years ago and quickly became a hit that has generated an international franchise of toys, books, clothing, and DVDs, as well as a CG feature film.
In addition to the series, Nickelodeon has acquired all merchandising rights to Winx Club within the U.S., Latin America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Benelux.
About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).
About Rainbow S.p.A.
Founded in 1995, Rainbow SpA is a content company which develops animated and multimedia properties. Today it is one of the largest and most internationally renowned animation studios in the world. It is the only production company in Italy able to complete all stages of animation internally, including 3D animation. It currently has 200 full-time employees, as well as a network of animation freelancers and professionals who work with the company on a regular basis. The companies within the Rainbow group holding include: Rainbow Distribution BV in the Netherlands and Rainbow Spain (local offices which manage TV and licensing interests in association with the head office in Loreto); Rainbow CGI in Rome (film production, special effects and 3D animation); Rainbow Entertainment in Rome (fiction and live action); Rainbow Media in Singapore (videogames, internet, and on-line games); Tridimensional in Loreto (publishing and DVDs sold in kiosks); and Witty Toys in Amsterdam and Hong Kong (toy manufacturing).
Rainbow SpA creates and distributes original properties Winx Club, Huntik, PopPixie, Monster Allergy, Tommy & Oscar, and Maya Fox. For more information visit
SOURCE Nickelodeon

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My thoughts: WHAT!?!? WHAT!?!?!? WHAT!!?!?!?!? Nickolodeon, in my opinion, is a terrible company. They replaced all of their excellent, long-lived cartoons and shows with terrible, short lived ones. I pray that they don't ruin Winx Club, just like how they almost ruined their company. Mighty Bee, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Mr. Meaty, all of the other shows that replaced their traditional shows like Avatar, Fairly Oddparents, Drake and Josh, etc. I really hope they don't screw this up, just like they royally screwed their cartoons up back around 2006.


  1. I'm sure that Nickelodeon won't ruin the show, but I'm still a bit concerned about the show's future... There's so much potential here for the upcoming seasons, I just hope that pontetial doesn't go to waste...

    1. Nickelodeon is definatly ruining the show! I put up with the voice changes and the new ugly outfits but now they are putting the whole show in some sort of 3D/4D graphics just like the movies and that alone ruined the show for me. They are taking out all the original voices and replacing them with nickeloden stars. They have ruined the show and turned it terrible, i used to really enjoy the show but now its been turned into some stupid show and i am telling you that I think thast nick has the worst tv shows ad I'm just really upset at what they are doing to tv these days, taking perfectly good shows and ruining them, thats all i have to say

  2. I don't know how I feel about the word "Co-produce."

  3. I'm with everyone else. I'm hoping "Winx Club" doesn't get ruined by Nickelodeon either.

  4. this is kinda funny I was just talking about how 4kids lost winx club to my aunt yesterday and now Nickeloden acquires it. That's just too weired.

  5. Eh, let's hope it's at least better than the 4Kids dub. Right now I am just SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy someone else is showing it!!!!! And OOH, it's actually somewhere I can watch!!!!!! YAYNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Finally someone gets me! They ruined ALL of the good shows. Spongebob! He was HILARIOUS until they got new writers. One time I was with my family at the "kids table" (wasn't really- my 18 year old brother and 20 year old cousin were sitting there) we went on and on about how funny Spongebob used to be. GGGGGRRRRR. Lol. I'm all worked up now.

  7. YES! I hate the new Spongebobs, with someone in each episode deserving to be punched in the face. Like when Squidward was trying to clean up Bikini Bottom, and that officer gave him, like, 10 tickets for LITTERING! It makes no sense! xD

  8. Avatar was an awesome show. That's all.


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