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Kids round-up: Tencent Video becomes new Chinese home for ‘Shaun The Sheep’; Acamar Films makes key UK hires; ‘Dino Dana’ movie roars onto Canada’s Cineplex Store and more…

Tencent and Aardman do ‘Shaun The Sheep’ deal UK studio Aardman has signed a deal with Tencent Video to make the streaming platform the new home for Shaun The Sheep in China. The streamer will pick up all 170 x 7-minute episodes of the animated series, which is also carried by Netflix outside of China. […]

Kids round up: Aardman hops off with Brave Bunnies rights; Gibbs Smith, ThinkTank team for BabyLit

Aardman hops off with Brave Bunnies rights Aardman has acquired distribution rights for Ukraine-based Glowberry’s new pre-school series, Brave Bunnies, created by Olga Cherepanova. The 52 x 7-min preschool series, currently in production with Anima Kitchent (Spain), follows a family of courageous and curious Bunnies as they seek adventure and exploration, travelling on their Bunny […]

Aardman appoints MD as co-founder David Sproxton steps down after 43 years

Animation studio Aardman has appointed Sean Clarke as its new MD, taking over from long-time exec David Sproxton.  Sproxton is stepping down after 43 years helming the organisation, though he will remain connected via a seat on the Trustee Board, as well as serving as a consultant. Clarke takes over after 20 years with Aardman, […]

Aardman debuts Digby with sales secured

Aardman Rights and Brand Development is taking Blue-Zoo Animation toon Digby Dragon to Cannes with more than a dozen deals secured pre-market. The Blue-Zoo and Fizzy Productions series debuted in the UK earlier this year on pay TV channel Nick Jr. and is now heading to MIPCOM as the network’s top weekday premiere ever for […]

Bing bunny goes global

UK-originated animated series Bing has been bought by a raft of international broadcasters. The series, which is on digital channel CBeebies in the UK, is produced by UK indie Acamar Films and 9 Story Media Group-owned Brown Bag Films. It is distributed by Aardman, which has sealed the international deals. In France, Lagardere has acquired […]

Aardman takes on Baby Cow’s Wussywat

UK-based producer and distributor Aardman has picked up international rights to Wuusywat, the first preschool show from UK comedy prodco Baby Cow (Gavin and Stacey). The 52x5mins 2D series will debut on CBeebies this spring, and Aardman’s international sales arm will handle distribution. Baby Cow is producing alongside UK-based Bigfatstudio and Canada-based Smiley Guy Studios. […]

Sat.1 readies German Gogglebox, RTL preps rival

Germany’s Sat.1 has ordered a local version of hit reality format Gogglebox as rival free-to-air broadcaster RTL has unveiled another people-watching-television format, Sofa Stars. Gogglebox hails from All3Media-backed production company Studio Lambert and has been popular on Channel 4 in the UK. News of a German deal came out at MIPCOM. TBI now understands the […]

Canada’s THA poaches BBC Worldwide exec McCauley

Thomas Howe Associates (THA) has poached Gwen Jones McCauley from BBC Worldwide. She will take a newly created senior VP, content sales and business development position at the specialist Canadian distributor. In the new role McCauley will oversee THA’s programme sales in Canada as well as scouting for international series it can shop to Canadian […]

CBeebies buys Tilly and Friends for international nets

The BBC has acquired animated series Tilly and Friends for its international CBeebies channels. The animated show, which is produced by Walker Productions and Jam Media will go out on the Asian, Polish and African feeds of preschool channel CBeebies. It is on CBeebies in the UK and debuted last autumn. The Aardman-distributed series has […]