Studio 100, one of the leading independent studios for children’s and family entertainment, joins forces with Hamburg based youngfilms and international prodco B Water Studios to bring the new CGI adventure-comedy series Johnny Sinclair: Ghost Hunter (52 x 11’) to life.
The production will be realized in association with Studio 100 Media’s Munich based Studio Isar Animation. Studio 100 Media takes over worldwide rights distribution as well as licensing & merchandising. Produced by Henning Windelband (Conni and the Cat, Conni) and Dirk Hampel (Pettson and Findus, Treasure Trekkers), the series is targeted at 6 – 11 year olds. Production will commence at the end of this year and the series will be available in 2024.
Johnny Sinclair: Ghost Hunter is based on the current best-selling novels by Sabine Städing (Magnolia Steel, Petronella Apfelmus) and is a spin-off of the cult franchise John Sinclair: Ghost Hunter, a ghost crime novel series whose success spans from the late 1970ies, where it was part in over 250 million sold penny dreadful novellas, until present time with over 6 million sold novels and 200 radio play episodes. Jason Dark, the mastermind author behind the original John Sinclair, endorses this spin-off project.
Studio 100 Media, youngfilms and B Water will be introducing Johnny Sinclair to the international market and looking for commissioning broadcasters and presales at this year’s MIFA in Annecy.
Commenting on the partnership, Martin Krieger, CEO at Studio 100 Media, says, ‘We feel privileged to be part of this collaboration. The cult of the original book series goes way back and we are absolutely convinced that this spin-off for children has all the right elements for an exciting and successful series. We are looking forward to working with Henning Windelband, his team and B Water’.
‘Searching for exciting content that moves, I came across the novels of Johnny Sinclair. Creating a youthful counterpart for the extremely successful cult ghost hunter John Sinclair and thus making it accessible to a new, younger target group works fantastically. Johnny Sinclair is a modern fairy tale and a strong brand, which is entertaining, thrilling, educational, international and unique. It is already a great pleasure and lots of fun to work with our partners B Water and Studio 100’, adds Henning Windelband, CEO at youngfilms.
Dirk Hampel, CEO at B Water, concluded: ‘We belive there is a real lack of a funny action comedy ghost buster series in the market and Johnny Sinclair has all the potential to fill that gap’.