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GUTSY ANIMATIONS’ MULTI AWARD-WINNING ‘MOOMINVALLEY’ CONFIRMED FOR SEASON 3

Cast Includes New Additions Chance Perdomo (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) and Jack Rowan (“Noughts + Crosses”, “Peaky Blinders”)




HELSINKI, 2 November 2020. Gutsy Animations’ internationally celebrated, Emmy® nominated animated series Moominvalley (13 x 22’) has been recommissioned for a third season by anchor broadcasters Yle in Finland and Sky in the UK. Produced by Gutsy Animations, the series is based on the beloved Moomin stories by Finnish-Swedish author and artist Tove Jansson. The new season sees a mix of new and returning high profile voice cast, including Rosamund Pike, Bel Powley, Warwick Davis, Matt Berry, Akiya Henry, Jennifer Saunders, Will Self, and Julian Barratt, as well as a new character - Snorkmaiden’s brother “Snork”. Based on Tove’s original character, Snork will be played by Chance Perdomo (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina). Also joining the cast is Jack Rowan (Noughts + Crosses, Peaky Blinders) in the role of Moomintroll.



The series will be helmed by a collective of directors, all of whom have worked on previous seasons of Moominvalley: Sara Barbas (Final Call); Nigel Davies (Shaun the Sheep), Darren Robbie (Doc McStuffins) and Jay Grace (The Farmer's Llamas). The writing duo Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler (Shaun the Sheep, The Octonauts) will continue as the head writers while Josie Day (Hollyoaks, Top Chef) will hold the role of script producer for Season 3 of the Moominvalley series.


Journey into the magical world of Moominvalley, an idyllic place where the Moomins live in harmony with nature. The series is a whimsical coming of age story of family and friendship, and the third season of Moominvalley will revolve around themes of community. In the upcoming instalment, the quirky residents from all around the valley come to the Moomin family with their problems and questions, and together they harness the power of tolerance, kindness and caring to restore harmony to Moominvalley. New for this series will be Snorkmaiden’s brother Snork (Perdomo), a logical and clever youngster known for his curious inventions, alongside the small and irate prankster creature Stinky, whose debut in the series has been eagerly anticipated by fans.


The characters are concept art images.


Marika Makaroff, Gutsy Animations Creative Director and Executive Producer of the Moominvalley series, said: “Moominvalley’s third season focus on community feels particularly timely, and we are proud to be honouring Tove’s legacy of creating stories that reinforce positivity and togetherness in trying times. We’re grateful to our fantastic partners Yle and Sky which have allowed us to continue to explore and celebrate the community of Moominvalley.”

The characters are concept art images.


The third series of Moominvalley will air on Sky One, streaming service NOW TV, the Sky Kids app and on demand in the UK and Ireland in 2021/2022. It was commissioned for Sky by Lucy Murphy, Director of Kids Content, Sky.


Moominvalley has been sold to over 40 countries to date, including Finland (Yle), UK (Sky), Japan (NHK) and Germany (ZDF). Moominvalley won the Best Children’s Series Award at the renowned British Animation Awards, in addition to taking prizes at both the TBI Content Innovation Awards 2019 and Golden Venla 2019. It has also recently been nominated for an International Emmy® Kids Award, shortlisted for the Broadcast Digital Awards 2020 and nominated for a Rockie Award by Banff World Media Festival. PGS Entertainment represents the series for worldwide distribution excluding the UK, Finland, Japan, South Korea and China.


About Chance Perdomo

Perdomo is currently in production on the hit “After” franchise and stars in the Netflix phenomenon “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” opposite Kiernan Shipka, set to return for its fourth and final season this December. He first gained recognition for his riveting performance in the gut-punching BBC drama “Killed by my Debt”, which earned him a 2019 BAFTA TV Award nomination. He is repped by Identity Agency Group and ID-PR.


About Jack Rowan

Jack Rowan won the BAFTA Cymru Lead Actor Award for his intense portrayal of a psychopathic teenager in his breakout role in Channel 4’s limited series, “Born To Kill”. He then went on to star in two seasons of “Peaky Blinders” as gypsy boxer Bonnie Gold and continued his ascent as series lead Callum McGregor in this year’s BBC1 adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s YA novel, “Noughts & Crosses”.


For more information, please contact:

Moominvalley:

Gutsy Animations, Reetta Ranta

reetta.ranta@gutsy.fi


Press enquiries:

DDA / gutsy@ddapr.com


NOTES TO EDITORS


Image credit must be used alongside image: © Moomin Characters ™ / © Gutsy Animations 2020


Please note all images are of concept art and do not reflect the final characters or series.


About Gutsy Animations

See Good. Be Gutsy.

We are a company who believes that the world is in need of funny, clever and meaningful content. All of our productions are aimed at international audiences with positive impact.

www.gutsy.fi


Moominvalley has benefitted from Business Finland Audiovisual Production Incentive.


About Moomin Characters

Moomin Characters Oy Ltd is the official copyright holder of all the Moomin characters, responsible for supervising and managing the Moomin brand, copyright and registrations. The company was founded in the 1950’s by Tove Jansson and her brother Lars Jansson to take care of the copyright of the Moomins and is still run by family members. Sophia Jansson, Lars’ daughter and Tove’s niece, is Chairman of the Board and Creative Director at Moomin Characters. All characters from Moominvalley are trademark registered worldwide.

www.moomin.com


About Sky

Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of the Comcast group. Across six countries, we connect our 24 million customers to the best entertainment, sports, news, arts and to our own award-winning original content.


Our technology, including the market leading Sky Q, connects people to everything they love - TV, music, games, online video, fitness and educational content, all in one place, easy. Our streaming service, NOW TV, brings viewers all the enjoyment of Sky with the flexibility of a contract-free service.


Building on the success of Sky Originals like Chernobyl, I Hate Suzie and Brassic, we are doubling our investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Sky News provides impartial and trustworthy journalism for free, while Sky Arts, the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air arts channel, makes the arts accessible for everyone. Our new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, is expected to create over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK over the first five years alone.


We believe that we can be a force for good in the communities in which we operate. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030. We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity and we’ve put in place a new programme to invest £30million across our markets over the next three years to tackle racial injustice.


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