Mondo TV Studios will manage distribution for all territories except Italy, Vatican City State, Malta and San Marino Republic.

Mondo TV Studios, part of the Mondo TV Group, one of the largest European producers and distributors of animated content, has been appointed as international distributor for the brand-new animated kids’ show Leo’s World, produced by independent production company Brand Cross in collaboration with RAI Kids and with support from the Ministry of Culture.

Mondo TV Studios will manage distribution for all territories except Italy, Vatican City State, Malta and San Marino Republic.

Leo’s World is a very special 2D animated series, made with and for children and teens on the autism spectrum as well as neurotypical pre-school children. The first season of the show – 10 episodes of 12’ – will be broadcast on Rai Yoyo, RAI’s television channel for kids, and the RAI multimedia portal RaiPlay from 28 November 2022 until 7 January 2023.

Leo’s World, based on an original idea by Emanuela Cavazzini and Eleonora Vittoni, a mother of two autistic children, has been written by renowned Italian writer and TV author Nicola Brunialti and brought to the screen with the help and support of a number of experts, including Paolo Moderato, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and behaviour analyst, to ensure the scientific and rigorous nature of the content. It has also benefited from the involvement of children with autism.

Leo’s World is specifically designed to engage in an active and direct communication with autistic children through stories, characters, scenarios and images. For the first time, children with autism will be able to enjoy animated content like other children and have a full sensory understanding of it.

Maria Bonaria Fois, CEO at Mondo TV Studios, says: “Leo’s World is the first cartoon series that speaks directly to autistic children and at the same time is suitable for all preschool children. This is an inclusive cartoon series that combines expert input with warmth and imagination and makes learning about the world fun, while celebrating diversity as it talks about other ways of being. We are honoured to be working with Brand Cross and Rai Kids on such a special property and delighted to be bringing this show to the international audience it deserves.”

Emanuela Cavazzini CEO at Brand-Cross says: “The problem of the autism spectrum, which affects more and more children worldwide, is unfortunately, like many disabilities, often underestimated, thus creating marginalisation. This is why, together with Eleonora Vittoni, mother of twins with autism, we decided to build a project in the round, overturning the current narrative. Not to talk about autism as a disability, but to talk directly to children and young people with autism in an inclusive way so that they can identify themselves and feel equal to everyone else. A big challenge that we undertook with passion and courage supported by a team of neuropsychologists and an exceptional creative team. Finding then the support and collaboration of Rai Kids and Mondo TV Studios was the most beautiful and exciting reward for us.”