- Totally Spies!, Martin Mystery and Mumfie now available as audiobooks on all major listening platforms -
London, September 25, 2023: Banijay Kids & Family, the global leader in children’s entertainment, behind hit shows such as Totally Spies! and Mr Bean: The Animated Series, today 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).
About Banijay Kids & Family
A global leader in the children's entertainment industry, Banijay Kids & Family is the dedicated production, distribution, and sales division for children’s programming at media and entertainment powerhouse Banijay. With a diverse catalogue of content, Banijay Kids & Family partners with leading broadcasters and platforms globally and produces a wide range of animation and live action series, digital content, and entertainment formats for kids and families worldwide. Banijay Kids & Family is home to Zodiak Kids & Family Distribution, Zodiak Kids & Family France, Zodiak Kids & Family Productions UK, Monello Productions, Tiger Aspect Kids & Family, Movimenti Production and Kindle Entertainment. The combined talents of the group bring expertise to a broad range of upcoming productions and a catalogue of popular, creative, and successful programming.
Banijay Kids & Family is led by CEO Benoît Di Sabatino.
For further information:
Rachel Hassall, Associate Director Group Communication, Banijay
T: + 44 (0) 7970606803
About Bookwire & “Bookwire OS – One Solution”
Bookwire GmbH was founded in Frankfurt in 2010 as a service provider for publisher distribution of eBooks and digital content. It has since become one of the leading international businesses in digital publishing technology. Bookwire currently employs 150 people in Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico and the USA, who take care of more than 2,500 publishers in the fields of eBooks, audiobooks, podcasts and Print-on-Demand. The pioneering software “Bookwire OS – One Solution”, launched in 2019, has delivered, analyzed and marketed around 800,000 eBooks and 200,000 audiobooks in all relevant distribution channels. In addition to the latest customer analytics and pricing technology, publishing clients of Bookwire GmbH also have access to individual support from account & marketing managers who look after the clients from end to end. In 2019, the audiobook production solution “We Audiobook You” (WAY) bagged the business the first “Digital Publishing Award” in the field of B2B solutions. Bookwire GmbH is led by the founders Jens Klingelhöfer (CEO) and John Ruhrmann (CO-CEO), as well as by Christian Lindemann (COO), and has branches in Barcelona, London, Mexico City, São Paulo, New York and Paris, in addition to the company headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and the "Digital Hub" in Dortmund.
For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact:
David Breitwieser Alfaro
Corporate Communications Manager Bookwire