EXCLUSIVE: Producers Kenn Viselman (Teletubbies) and Brooklyn Weaver (Existing) acquired all rights for the western hemisphere of the animated series Moonzy and Moona. This includes all media of pre-existing intellectual property which covers original film, series, book, NFT and merchandising development rights.
The agreement comes at a time when the Cypriot origin Moonzy and Moona is in the crosshairs of Vladimir Putin’s war because his animation studio is based in Moscow, and several of his main animators in Ukraine. Viselman and Weaver’s intellectual property agreement also extends to Australia, Asia and several countries in Europe.
To complicate the situation, multi-Oscar nominated filmmaker Konstantin Bronzit, who is also the director of Moonzy and Moona series, signed a scathing anti-war petition with more than a thousand Russian entertainment figures associated with the Russian Animation Film Association, all of whom were allegedly considered enemies of the state by Putin.
Moonzy and Moona has had 10 billion views on YouTube, including 700 million in the United States. Lunar arguably sits alongside children’s brands such as Peppa the Pig and paw patrol, and centers on a beloved moonchild who came to Earth to share moonbeams and moondust (or as earthlings call it “love”). The series is known for its themes of family and unification.
Bronzit’s animated shorts, Toilet Love Affair and We cannot live without cosmos, were respectively nominated for the Oscars in 2009 and 2015.