Cyma Zarghami’s MIMO Studios has acquired Deborah Diesen’s bestselling preschool book franchise The Pout-Pout Fish and award-winning serialized kids podcast The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian to develop into multiple, animated TV-length movies.
Written by Deborah Diesen and published by Macmillan, The Pout-Pout Fish has become a fan-favorite book series for young children. With 40+ titles and over 8.5 million copies sold since 2008, The Pout-Pout Fish has been recognized on the New York Times Bestseller’s List and as the 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
Created by Jonathan Messinger and published by Gen-Z Media, The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian is a serialized podcast for kids told in 15-20-minute episodes. The story centers on Finn Caspian, an 8-year-old boy aboard The Famous Marlowe 280 Interplanetary Exploratory Space Station. He and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien and solve mysteries that threatens to destroy the Marlowe.
“As we ramp up our studio, The Pout-Pout Fish and The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian are perfect IP for us to develop as they are based on well-known and beloved properties that align perfectly with MIMO Studio’s objective to deliver content for families to enjoy. The characters in these stories have been loved by kids of all ages through imaginative, adventurous and interactive storytelling while encouraging families to spend time together. Even during these trying times, writers, producers and animators are able to continue their work remotely and we are working with an amazing group who will bring these stories to life in a new way for fans who’ve loved them for years and those who are just discovering them.”