Kids round-up: Cyber Group acquires Splash catalogue; ITV & RTÉjr extend ‘Happy The Hoglet’; Narrative Ent brings ‘Jeremy & Jazzy’ to UK

Chloe’s Closet

Cyber Group acquires Splash catalogue

France’s Cyber Group Studios has picked up exclusive distribution rights to North American animation studio Splash Entertainment’s entire catalogue, including Chloe’s ClosetSabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch and Norm of the North.

The deal builds upon the partnership struck last year in which the two companies formed CyberSplash, a Paris-based entity, to create and produce original animated series and feature films for kids and families around the world.

Splash Entertainment’s catalog contains more than 500 hours of international and European content airing in more than 180 territories worldwide and available in many different languages.

“We are delighted to broaden our partnership with Splash Entertainment,” said Cyber Group Studios chairman and CEO Dominique Bourse. “Their great series will enrich our best-in-class offerings to our partners around the worldand strenghten our position as a one-stop shop destination for our clients across age groups, genres and animation style.”

ITV & RTÉjr extend ‘Happy The Hoglet’

ITV and RTÉjr have both extended Paper Owl Films’ Happy The Hoglet for a second season.

Production of the next 26 episodes is planned to start in late 2024, continuing the adventures of the baby hedgehog and his friends as they explore their feelings. Each episode focuses on an adventure during which Happy learns to understand emotions from feeling excited to ‘hangry’ or feeling like he just needs a quiet minute.

Aardman is the distributor for series one and series two of Happy the Hoglet.

Darren Nartey, acquisitions manager at ITV, said: “We’re extremely delighted with the performance of Happy across our platforms. It’s a beautiful, engaging and well-written show, and our young audience have responded really well to it.”

Narrative Ent brings ‘Jeremy & Jazzy’ to UK

Narrative Entertainment UK has acquired the UK streaming rights for the CBC Kids original music series Jeremy and Jazzy.

The 55 x 2-minute series (plus two specials) makes its UK premiere on Tiny Pop and streams on the POP Player starting this month,

Produced by Vérité Films, Jeremy and Jazzy is based on the music of Jeremy Fisher, who celebrates feelings, stories, and friendship through song.

“We’re so happy to be partnering with Narrative Entertainment to bring Jeremy and Jazzy to kids across the UK on Tiny POP,” said Virginia Thompson, president of Vérité Films, co-creator and executive producer.

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