The Governator, the new 52-episode children’s animated series from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stan Lee and producer Andy Heyward unveiled on Monday at MIPTV, is closing in on sales in several countries.
Because of Schwarzenegger’s Austrian heritage, the German-speaking European countries, where the actor is extremely popular, were among the first to pick up the series. In Germany, it went to RTL2, in Austria to public broadcaster ORF and in the German-speaking part of Switzerland to SFR.
Word is producers are in talks with the BBC in the U.K., TF1 in France and Antena 3 in Spain as well as company Endemol for worldwide rights. Outside of Europe, a deal with Cartoon Latin America is being finalized, while talks are underway with Malaysian distributor Juita Viden. The producers of the series, about an superhero version of Schwarzenegger, plan to line up international sales first before taking The Governator out to U.S. networks, something expected to be done in a few weeks.