Continuing success for Masha and the Bear as season three arrives in Italy

MDL hails modern classic status of wildly popular pre-school property in Italian market

Maurizio Distefano Licensing (MDL), which manages licensing for the Masha and the Bear brand in Italy and Switzerland, has welcomed the arrival of series three of Animaccord’s hit pre-school property on one of the country’s leading kids’ television channels.

Season three of Masha and the Bear premiers on Rai YoYo, the free-to-air kids’ TV channel owned by the Italian public broadcasting group RAI, on 7 June. A special edition of the popular Rai Ragazzi show, La Posta di YoYo, which previews the new series of Masha and the Bear, will appeal on Rai YoYo on the same day.

The launch of season three of Masha and the Bear on Rai YoYo reinforces the status of both the show and the licensed property as a modern children’s classic. Awareness of Masha and the Bear, both as a licensed brand and a TV series, is exceptionally high among children and families in Italy, where Masha and her friend have been wildly popular since the launch of the first series .Repeat showings and new episodes of Masha and the Bear are greeted with enormous enthusiasm by big audiences on both Dea Junior and Rai YoYo.

So popular is the brand that two spin-off series – Masha’s Tales and Masha’s Spooky Stories – have been created. Episodes of all three shows are also available on mobiles, PCs and tablets, and streaming on Infinity, a dedicated YouTube channel and the official Masha and the Bear Facebook page.

The success of the property has also been reflected in a hit film – Masha and the Bear: Friends Forever – a popular live show, a dedicated site at a major theme park, numerous promotional partnerships and, of course, a thriving licensing campaign. Masha and the Bear remains one of the most sought-after licenses in the children’s market; at present there are about 40 Masha and the Bear licenses in the Italian market alone. MDL has represented the property in Italy and Switzerland since its arrival in both markets.

The show is also building strongly in a number of other territories. In the UK, season three of Masha and the Bear arrived earlier this month on Cartoonito, while in Latin America the new episodes began airing on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in April. The new series is also due to arrive on KIKA in Germany in a primetime slot from June.

Maurizio Distefano, President, MDL, said: “Masha and the Bear’s continuing success in Italy after a number of years makes it one of the most successful pre-school properties of recent years in that market. MDL is delighted to be representing this classic property and looking forward to many more years of licensing and promotional success for Masha and the Bear.”

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