Animated series on Manchester City’s training academy in the works

Animated series on Manchester City’s training academy in the works
Published: 14 October 2019 - 11:01 a.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

A new animated series based on English Premier League Manchester City is currently in the making.

The series dubbed Sky Blue Academy is based inside City’s training academy.

The Abu Dhabi-owned premier league winners has recently toppled several records and has won the EPL twice under manager Pep Guardiola, and once each with Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pelligrini

The animated series is set to follow a diverse group of kids living and playing at the team’s training academy.

Singapore-based media company August Media Holdings, Filipino media group Synergy88 Entertainment, and Spanish shingle Minoria Absoluta are teaming to make the show. With the initial development work done, Synergy88’s Jackeline Chua and August’s Jyotirmoy Saha are in Cannes at the MipJunior and Mipcom markets talking to potential buyers.

The series will focus on the Sky Blue’s values, such as discipline, teamwork, and inclusiveness.

“We are getting together with Manchester City to create a show inspired by their academy,” Saha told Variety. “We are creating a show where football stitches these friends together. It’s about relationships, how you play as a team, and the fun they have living together.”

If a full greenlight is forthcoming, the toon could deliver by early 2022. The target demographic is 8-to-11-year-olds, and it will run to 26 episodes of 22-minutes apiece. Visually, it will likely be a mix of hand-drawn and CGI animation. August Rights, the distribution arm of August Media, will handle international sales.

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