Thunderbirds are Go!

Thunderbirds go to China for first time

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has acquired ITV kids series Thunderbirds Are Go, bringing the iconic property into the Asian territory for the first time. Thunderbirds will air on CCTV-14, a children’s-focused channel, after the deal for exclusive terrestrial rights. The 50-year-old brand has not been present in China to this point, but 26 episodes of […]

News brief: New sales lift Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds reboot has sold to broadcasters in Brazil, French-speaking Canada, Japan and in Europe. Gloob in Brazil, Télé-Québec in French-speaking Canada, NHK in Japan, Finland’s MTV Juniori, Ketnet in Flemish-speaking Belgium, ZAPP in the Netherlands, Minika TV in Turkey have all bought Thunderbirds Are Go, which launched on ITV in April and is sold […]

CITV opens Bear Grylls’ Survival School

UK children’s channel CITV has commissioned a Bear Grylls-fronted survivalist series for kids. Bear Grylls’ Survival School will be a 12x30mins series from ITV Studios-owned Potato and Bear Grylls Ventures in which ten daredevil children will learn how to survive in the rugged mountainous terrain of Snowdonia in Wales. Over two weeks Grylls (pictured) and […]

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 […]

Pair of channels call on Thunderbirds

MBC in the Middle East and Noga in Israel have acquired the CGI reboot of supermarionation kids show Thunderbirds. The networks are the latest to buy the ITV Studios Global Entertainment-distributed Thunderbirds Are Go!, come after Nine Network in Australia made a prebuy earlier this year. In the UK, the show launches on ITV. Noga will launch […]

Thunderbirds to tread inaugural MIPJunior red carpet

Reed Midem is introducing a premiere screening for kids shows for the first time at MIPJunior, with the new Thunderbirds Are Go! series the first to get the red carpet treatment. “We did it for buyers and also as a way to create anticipation around a show beyond the market and reach consumers and create […]

Thunderbirds reboot gets green light

A new version of the classic puppet show Thunderbirds has been announced. ITV Studios and prodcuera Pukeko and Weta Workshop will make the new Thunderbirds, 50 years after it first launched on TV. The reboot , Thunderbirds are Go!, will air on ITV and its kids channel CiTV in 2015. The puppetry of the original […]