Blue-Zoo Animation

American SVOD nets bag Tree Fu, new Willows

SVOD service Hulu has acquired exclusive local rights to BBC preschool toon Tree Fu Tom, while Turner’s upcoming OTT net has bought the new Wind in the Willows. The Hulu deal comprises all three seasons of the show, which comes from FremantleMedia Kids & Family, BBC kids channel CBeebies and Blue Zoo Animation. They will […]

Xi Jinping vehicle invests £30m in Blue Zoo

A Chinese media venture with backing from president Xi Jinping is to fund UK-based Blue Zoo Animation to the tune of £30 million (US$38.1 million). Following a Chinese state visit to the UK, Zhong Ze Culture Investment Holdings subsidiary China UK Animation Company (CU Animation) unveiled the deal. Besides taking the £30 million investment, London-based […]

Emerging kids studios

In spite of the challenges, some studios that had been offering services on a work-for-hire basis are starting to build content creation into their business models, reports Jane Marlow. The fact that a company with the global reputation of Framestore started to “covertly” road test the idea of content creation two years ago gives an […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: is a breakout global kids content hit coming?

It is hard to get new shows away, and even harder to get new shows to stand out when they do make it to air. Despite that and the lack of new global hits in recent times, the industry remains broadly positive that we will see a new breakout programme this year.   Generally, it […]

Oli Hyatt: EU plan could harm animation funding

Blue Zoo Animation’s Oli Hyatt warns potential changes to the European TV rights market could seriously harm toon funding in the future. What do I love about Europe? There are so many elements: the varied climate and scenery, the melting pot of ideas that both compliment and contrast and the cultures that can thrive and do […]

News brief: CBeebies snaps up Pootle special

UK preschool channel CBeebies has acquired a 27-minute special of Snapper Productions’ animated series Q Pootle 5. Q Pootle 5 Christmas Special: Pootle All the Way will air as part of the BBC channel’s Christmas programming line-up. As with the series, which already airs on CBeebies, the UK’s Blue-Zoo Animation will animate the show. ZDF […]

Cartoon Forum 2014: pre-market guide, part one

Every year, brave indie producers stand before the great and the good of European animation commissioning to pitch their latest wares at the Cartoon Forum. Ahead of the event in September, Jesse Whittock looks at the projects heading for Toulouse, starting with toon powerhouses France and the UK. This year’s Cartoon Forum selection proves that […]