Poppy Cat

Coolabi, Chapman backer reveals £40m fund

A British financial firm that has invested kids TV properties Poppy Cat and The Clangers has launched a £40 million (US$61 million) fund the UK’s creative industries. Edge Investment has launched the Edge Creative Enterprise Fund, with support from the British government. This will look to invest in “high growth” companies in the creative industries […]

News brief: Poppy Cat prodco enters Deer Little Forest

King Rollo Films, the UK prodco behind Poppy Cat, is developing a 26x11mins preschool series from author Jo Rose called Deer Little Forest. King Rollo and Koko Media, kids TV veteran Lisa Hryniewicz’s company, have signed a development deal with Rose, with Koko representing rights outside North America. A 45-second animated clip and bible are […]

News brief: Nick Jr., Spout commissions more Poppy Cat

Preschool series Poppy Cat is returning after broadcasters Nick Jr. and Sprout committed to a second season. The show is coproduced by Coolabi Productions and King Rollo Films. With Nick Jr. airing it in the UK and Australia and Sprout in the US. Cake is also back to distribute the 52x11mins season, which is currently […]

Girls want toons!

Commissioners want more girl-skewed animation and say there is not enough coming their way. Producers say that commissioners often shun girl-skewed ideas as they are worried boys will turn off. Meanwhile, a handful of shows with girl characters are global hits. Asking kids TV executives why there are not more cartoons with lead girl characters […]

Coolabi hires Val Fry as sales boss

Producer and rights management firm Coolabi has hired Valerie Fry as director of sales. Fry, who has previously worked for Chapman Entertainment, Celador and Gullane, will report to Coolabi chief executive Jeremy Banks. In the newly created director of sales role she will oversee sales and commercial exploitation of Coolabi’s portfolio of properties, which include […]

Coolabi hot-housing ideas after Working Partners deal

Coolabi, which owns or represents brands including Bagpuss, Purple Ronnie and Ivor the Engine, has a raft of new properties to work up for TV and other media after a deal that saw its financial backer Edge provide the funds for Jeremy Banks to acquire Working Partners. The latter has a US-style content division, which […]