Thursday, September 02, 2010

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

Via Winx 4 Life -

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 http://www.nickpress.com. 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 www.rbw.it

Source for the original article.

60 comments:

  1. Sweet and Sour ForeverSeptember 2, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    So it will be coming soon OMG I can't wait but will it be Rai English for the US or 4kids.

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  2. i heard they had an auction for the winx rights in las vegas, did nickelodeon win? or is it a partnership?

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  3. Omg there is going to be a season six? YES! In Australia I watched Winx Club season 4 on Boomarang, does that mean they still have the rights or not?

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  4. Yahoo! I wonder though, will Nickelodeon redo Seasons 1-3 to keep their voice actors consistent?

    Also, wonder if they'll be doing English versions of both movies?

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  5. Thank you for giving Winx 4 Life a bit of a shoutout!

    @Cinderella X: Funny that would be brought up. I have a theory about them doing a new dub, however I'm not sure. I'm going to just wait and watch the tweets.

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  6. @Cinderella X: It says in the article that Nick acquired the rights to the TV series AND the 2 films, so hopefully that will mean English dubs that are released *excited gasp/squeal* in North America!!!

    I just hope that their dub/version isn't like, the English dub of "Magical Adventure" *groan* If that is Nick's voices for Winx, then I'll be very disappointed - because they'd want to keep consistent voices - and the English "Magical Adventure" voices just SUCK.

    But overall, this has me reeling with glee. Winx will finally air again in Canada...and they have merch rights, too?! Ahhhhh, that might means we may be getting some DVDs, dolls, etc!!!! OMG, I hope that's true! And a season SIX?!?!?! Okay, my day could officially not get any better!

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  7. Oh...crap.

    I just noticed that Nick will be "co-developing and co-producing" seasons 5 and 6.

    Eeeeh, Rainbow was doing fine on their own. Now I'm not so sure what that will mean in the long run...or if that will be good or bad.

    This new partnership just had better not ruin Winx!

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  8. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!!!!!!! i'm soooo happy about this!!!

    @Cinderella X, personally, I don't think so. But you never know.

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  9. yeeesssssssssssss!!!! There is a season 6!!! I was so sad that winx would end @ 5! But wait- 'co-developing and co-producing'? That doesn't sound good, I like Rainbow's work and 'fill a gap for girls in the six-to-eight-year-old range'? I hope they don't make the show for that young of viewers, I'm starting to get worried now....

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  10. Yes a Season 5 and 6!
    @Cinderella X: Yeah I'm curious about that too. Will that mean no more Rai Dub?

    They said that Nickelodeon would be airing nationally and INTERnationally. Does that mean that all countries, aside from Italy, will get it on Nickelodeon? Hmm...

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  11. Oh noes! What will happen in Asia-Pacific? Will it still air on Cartoon Network? (Winx Club and Cartoon Network fits best I think. It can make a possible wordplay: Blossom [PPG]/Bloom [Winx]/Bloo [Foster's Home].)

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  12. same i watch winx club on boomarang too! will it be on austar???????????????/

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  13. Aren't CN, Boomerang and Nick all available on Austar?

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  14. oh my God!!! Season six too!!!

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  15. keira, I was thinking exactly same, I really, really hope that they wont ruin the show for us. :s

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  16. I would be happy, but Nickelodeon has started going downhill with their shows and when a teen show is brought to America from another country, it tends to be dumbed down for young children (look at Sailor Moon; DIC butchered most of that show trying to make it for kids). I'm going to stay open-minded and watch it when it airs on Nick, but I just they don't kill it.

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  17. whoa, 2011 and 1012, kinda weird to realize I'll be in college by then. I still remember watching the first episode on foxbox when I was 10.

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  18. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME! IT WILL AIR IN AMERICA! AND THE MERCHANDISING RIGHTS WILL BE HERE AGAIN! *Faints*

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  19. does this mean nick in the us will show winx?? theyd better

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  20. Nick has always aired it here in Belgium and in the Netherlands. The rai version that is. : )

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  21. does is includes asia ?(by that i mean all of the countries in asia

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  22. Well, the press release says "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." and "all merchandising rights to Winx Club within the U.S., Latin America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Benelux".

    But Nickelodeon had aired Winx in the Scandinavian countries. So, what will happen to the Scandinavian rights? And how the deal will affect across Latin America where Cartoon Network had aired Winx?

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  23. its about time :P! nickelodeon is more reliable than cartoon network who airs winx every 2 years here!oh! i want maya fox to be a show XD, i wanna know the story but i can't read Italian. one of the reasons why i am mad at winx a bit, only Italians can understand, remember the old site, the italian version was always updated and they never updated the english :(

    btw, i am a follower here but i forgot my password to my account :P

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  24. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG OMG OMG!! Yesssssssssssssssssssss!

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  25. wait, asia wasn't part :(? hmm, i probably have to wait for it to air after years again >_> dang! i'm from south east asia but good for Singapore, i think they would be able to see winx. Iginio Straffi's wife is Singaporean. I think the winx movie was also showed in Singapore right?

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  26. NO MORE 4KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

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  27. YYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *throws confetti*

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  28. @everyone who's posted a comment
    you all are forgetting one question
    When does nick start showing winx?
    it doesnt say it in the article and zap2it says it's winx doesnt have an episode on anytime soon

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  29. I honestly think they made a smart move picking Nickelodeon. They've tried airing it on Cartoon Network in the US a while ago, but I don't think it went over well. Plus, Disney's starting to get a bad rep and they're not big on animation for their channel anymore. Aside from all of that, this is fantastic news! Winx will be able to air in the US again. But that's a true controversy though...will they keep the RAI dub? Or use the already made 4kids? I seriously hope they start airing it soon.

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  30. OMG YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    *happy dancing* winx is coming to usa n.....2 MORE SEASONS! IS IT MY BDAY OR SOMETHING?????!!!!!

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  31. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to watch season 4! Finally it Winx will be back in the US!

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  32. Almeeka, Fairy of BreezesSeptember 7, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! THIS ROCKS!

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  33. HALF OF MY MIND IS LIKE HAVING A HEARTATTACK THE OTHER IS WORRIED LIKE CRAZY


    Frst off all YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I CANT BELIEVE WINX IS BACK IN THE USA!!!!!!!!!!AND 2 MORE SEASONS TIS IS UNREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND NEW MERCH COMEING OUT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF I GOT ANYMORE ECITED I'D DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Second off all I'M SO WORRIED!!!! PLZ DON'T KILL IT FOR US NICK PLZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm ok...... You know I shouldn't be worried, I have a big feeling they WILL NOT kill it for us, usually my feelings are true.

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  34. AmuChan (TwilightFairy)September 8, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    How long was I in London? O.O Suddenly they are talking about season 6? Please...someone need to catch me I think I'm fainting. ^.^

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  35. I am soooooooooo happy i only got to watch a little bit of season 4 i cant wait untill they air it. I did some research and it said nick will air old episodes in 2011 and new in 2012. I am just so happy I can hardly wait.

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  36. Sweet and Sour ForeverSeptember 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    http://online.winxclub.com/centro-web/?wicket:interface=:3:1:::

    New wallpaper!

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  37. OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! YYYYYEEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!!! I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE WINX SINCE IT CAME OUT! I FEEL LIKE I'M TOO OLD TO BE THIS EXCITED BUT I AM SOOOOO HAPPY! WHEN IT AIRED ON BOOMERANG I DIDN'T GET TO WATCH B/C I DON'T HAVE THAT CHANNEL--I'VE BEEN KEEPING UP ON YOUTUBE BUT THIS IS AWESOME I JUST HOPE THEY R REALLY SERIOUS AND FOLLOW THROUGH! :D

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  38. wait a minute...CO-PRODUCING?!NO RAI ENGLISH DUB!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -LightShadow

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  39. Kae Lily-I agree.
    -LightShadow

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  40. I've already seen the first movie and fourth season and I'm pretty excited for it to be coming out in the U.S. version. All I ask is that they use the same voices from 4Kids and seasons 5 and 6 aren't crappy and made just for younger audiences. I love winx club. I started watching it when I was 11. and if nickelodeon makes the tv show crap, imma get ignorant!

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  41. I've only seen winx club on youtube, but i love it. I really wanna know when it will air on nick. like, what month exacly?

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  42. Will Winx Club air on Nick in the USA? Because I miss it I can only watch it on youtube which really annoys me. By the way I LLLLLLOOOOVVVEEE your website. Winx Club rules!

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  43. Do you know if the second movie has come out in America?

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  44. at Holhez21,
    I know what you mean : /
    but the voices are different, i watched the commercial on nick.com
    Stella looks different in some scenes... Like different style...
    And it said that Nick has the 4 hour premier or whatever and are like combing seasons 1-3 into a few episodes, then i think it'll air season 4.
    But, i must say, I FREAKIN LOVE NICKELODEON NOW!!!!!!!
    but the sad part is...... i dont have cable or anything.... :"(
    WAHH!
    soo, anyone know if i can watch it online? does nick have anything like that?
    thx...

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  45. **that above is supposed to be combining, not combing.
    my bad.
    but i hope with the merchandising thing they like come out with Winx dolls again!
    ;)

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  46. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I CANT BELIEVE WINX IS COMING BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (ok i can actually, but omg omg its so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    maaan i really really REALLY hope Nick doesn't butcher Winx Club..... Rainbow was doing fine on its own....And did they say 6-8? i'm a teenager and i still love Winx Club, (i can remember it coming out when i was like 6-7) but 6-8? thats pretty little...................... Maybe Nick will just draw some outfits. don't change the storyline. i could live with that.

    and it airs Monday, June 6, 2011, 8/7 Central

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  47. yes Thanx U Nick i been trying to watch seson 4 of winx but coudnt finda engilish version thank u for bring back my favorite show :)

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  48. AWESOME SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  49. As much as I love the Winx Club, I absolutely detest the new voices for the characters. I liked the olds ones a lot better. An I feel like a lot will be missing from these new episodes. It just won't be the same.....Hmph 

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  50. Oh Gosh! I hated this new version! D: This was almost painful! I mean... the cartoon was totally remade! The new character design is awful... ok the 3D scenaries rox, but it is not the same thing! Even the same old clothes of the Winx girls has changed... PS.: I used to like the old ones. And I almost forgot: in the beginning of the old story Skye's nickname was Brandon, while on the nickelodeon version it is not this way... PS2.: the guys from there seems more girly than ever! DDDDDDDD:

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  51. Hello em..
    Where can u see season 5 and 6

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  52. omg i can't wait till season 5 and 6

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  53. woow i love winx club!! But serousily age 6-8??! anyways i love it!! but it succks tht these episodes comes on at 6;00AM for me and i dont get to watch all of it cus my bus comes :( will season 5 &6 play in PM? tNKSS

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  54. I truly loved Winx Club I would watch it RIGHT after Yu-Gi-Oh on Fox (Season 1 I think I was 10). XD But I agree with the fact that the show needs a little of realism the problem Winx is TRULY a kids show. Many cartoons like Winx have producers contributing the line they call "The Life to Dream." The only characters I've seen truly grow are Musa and Bloom (which is why they're my favorites.) I hated that Nabu and Layla gets engaged then he is stuck in a coma..I cried feeling so bad for her. Roxy I think she should be part of the Winx club to me she's more special because of the fact that her powers aren't related DIRECTLY to nature like Flora/Bloom/Stella. I do hope she comes back ever now and then. I guess my only complaint is I wanna see more romance episodes!~ XD But who knows I can't wait for Season 5 <3

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