Moonbug, a global entertainment company that develops and distributes fun and safe entertainment for kids, has announced the acquisition of the popular South African video series and one of the largest circulating monthly comics in the world, Supa Strikas.
This acquisition of a widely-successful digital and linear sports brand furthers the company’s strategy to create and broaden the reach of quality content that kids are passionate about.
“Soccer is the most beloved sport around the world, but there is major whitespace in terms of fictional soccer content for kids on traditional media,” said Andy Yeatman, head of the Americas at Moonbug.
“Supa Strikas presents a cast of diverse personalities that resonate and connect with a global audience. With this strong foundation, we see the potential to build the number one fictional soccer team for kids and inspire a growing generation of young fans.”
Supa Strikas follows the world’s best soccer team as they journey across the globe and to outer space on a quest to win the prized Super League trophy. Since debuting in 2009, it has released six 13-episode seasons, the latest of which debuted this summer.
Moonbug will work with the South African creative team behind Supa Strikas to develop new episodes that will air in 2020, as well as soccer-based spin-offs that will be distributed around the world.
“While the brand began as an admired comic book, we see our future in digital which is why Moonbug is the perfect home for Supa Strikas,” said Richard Morgan-Greenville, co-founder of Supa Strikas. “Moonbug understands the significance of the property’s global track record and we look forward to marrying the brilliance of the show with the world’s passion and demand for all things soccer.”
Supa Strikas is available in 27 languages and in over 100 countries worldwide. In addition to its digital distribution, it has a long-standing successful broadcast partnership in various regions with Disney, Nickelodeon, and Turner and is a top-performing kids’ property in the UK, Italy, South Africa, Eastern Europe, and Israel.
Supa Strikas joins Moonbug’s growing stable of popular children’s properties which includes Little Baby Bum, Go Buster!, KiiYii, My Magic Pet Morphle, Glove and Boots, Gecko’s Garage and Dr. Poppy’s Pet Rescue.
Moonbug properties have 55 million subscribers and garner over one billion views per month across properties.