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Monster Entertainment delivers Earth to Luna and Harry & Bip to Sky
12 May 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Earth to Luna has been acquired by Sky.
Sky has acquired all 5 seasons of hit international Emmy-nominated preschool science animation series from distributor Monster Entertainment

The STEM-based series, which is a co-production of Pinguim Content with Discovery Kids Latin America, is finding increased popularity at a time when schools are closed and children are at home.  It even features an episode about the importance of washing, and how to wash, one’s hands and there is a brochure available in which Luna teaches children about Covid-19 and how to keep themselves safe as well as activities, which parents can print and use to keep their children amused at home.

Sky has also picked up Monster’s slapstick non-verbal comedy series Harry & Bip from Irish animation company Ink and Light, which has also been sold to RTÉ, YLE, SRC, Noorplay, and Disney as well as to several airlines and Trenitalia.

“With the schools closed around the world, we have seen a much-increased demand for our educational programming, with STEM-based series, Earth to Luna especially popular,” said Monster Entertainment’s Andrew Fitzpatrick, when talking to IFTN about the acquisition. “As most dubbing studios are closed, many broadcasters and streaming companies are also looking for non-verbal content such as the Irish-produced (Ink and Light) series, Harry and Bip, which Sky has picked up”

Earth to Luna is now available on Netflix in the North America, Asia, and Europe, and has just been sold to Brand Vida’s Kidstream platform for streaming in the US, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa,  airG’ MiniMe Videos for mobile SVOD in US and territories, Ludikids in French-speaking Africa, as well as to Hopster and Azoomee’s kids SVOD apps, to Ceska in the Czech Republic, Adventure2Learning for classroom education in North America and Kanopy for public libraries and institutions in English-speaking territories as well as Discovery Education.

The series will receive its US Pay TV premiere on Condista’s Kids Central on 10th May.

Earth to Luna! is on air in 96 countries with Discovery Kids in Middle East and North Africa, TG4 Ireland, CJ E & M Korea’s English channel GEM, Minika in Turkey having all recently picked up all available seasons. The series is also available on Amazon Prime and on iQiyi in China.

Season 6, in which Luna and her family go and live in a space station, is in production and will be completed in 2020. Earth to Luna! is based on the adventures of six-year-old Luna, who is completely, undeniably, and passionately in love with science. The global science smash for pre-schoolers from Pinguim Content, Latin America’s leading animation company, has inspired a special project to promote the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN, which have been designed to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

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