The WotWots

Pukeko names new chief as Smith exits

New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures has named a new CEO after previous incumbent Andrew Smith took a post as chief executive of a mobile services developer. Andrew Smith is joining Wellington-based Touchtech as CEO in August, which has led to Clive Spink being named new chief exec at the Thunderbirds Are Go production company. On August […]

China: taking care of business

Pukeko Pictures’ CEO Andrew Smith questions how well international executives understand the Chinese film and TV market, and outlines some basic facts on coproducing in the world’s largest television market. When asked to write this article on China, it got me thinking – how much do people really know about the Chinese film and TV […]

News brief: WotWots returning to Channel 5

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered a second series of animated kids series The WotWots. The first series of the preschool show went out last year on the broadcaster’s Milkshake! kids strand and it will return for a second outing, starting in August. The series, which follows two siblings from outer space, SpottyWot and […]

China’s CCTV buys more WotWots

Chinese public broadcaster CCTV has acquired more episodes of The WotWots, the preschool series produced by Pukeko Pictures. The live-action and animated kids show will air on CCTV 11’s Happy Playhouse block. CCTV has taken 78 episodes of the show, 26 of which were coproduced with Pukeko Pictures’ Chinese partner, Grand Entertainment Ltd (GZ).  Chinese […]