BBC Worldwide has announced a raft of sales of its children’s titles ahead of MIPJunior. Animated series Baby Jake has been picked up by Norwegian broadcaster NRK.
Other new sales include The Adventures of Abney & Teal to ABC4Kids (Australia), and STARZ KIDS & FAMILY in the U.S. has licensed teen comedies Wingin' It and Sadie J.
Nathan Waddington, Children's Genre Manager, Sales and Distribution, BBC Worldwide commented, "We have really bolstered our children’s titles right across the age range, so it’s brilliant to see series from pre-school animations to teen titles being snapped up by broadcasters all over the globe."
BBC Worldwide is launching a brand new children’s title at MIPJunior – Sarah & Duck, a quirky animation about a seven-year-old and her manic but endearing best friend Duck. Also on the slate is Leonardo series two, following the further adventures of the teenage Leonardo Da Vinci.
Baby Jake is a colourful animated series that follows the titular toddler’s adventures into space, to tropical forests, and under the ocean. Produced by the award-winning Darrel McQueen, the series uses a mixture of live action, 2D animations and photorealism to create a truly distinctive style. Baby Jake been picked up by Kazakhstan TV, RTP2 (Portugal), RAI (Italy) and TVB (Hong Kong).
Ragdoll Productions’ The Adventures of Abney & Teal features two rag dolls who live in a park, and is based on stories created by established children's author and illustrator, Joel Stewart. Teen comedy Wingin’ It is about a reckless angel-in-training sent to help a hapless high school student. This new series is from Temple Street, the producers of the highly successful Being Erica. Coming-of-age comedy Sadie J tackles the various issues that a 13 year old has to deal with. The series follows Sadie as she tries to cope in an all-boy household.
For more information, please contact:
Communications Manager, Content & Production and Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide
Tel: +44 (0) 208 433 1324
NOTES TO EDITORS
Baby Jake S2 - 26 x 11' – A Darrall Macqueen production for CBeebies
The Adventures of Abney & Teal - 52 x 11' – A Ragdoll production
Leonardo S2 - 13 x 30 – A Kindle Entertainment production for CBBC
Sarah & Duck - 40 x 7' – A Karrot entertainment production for BBC
Wingin It S3 - 10 x 25' – Produced by Temple Street Productions for the Family Channel
Sadie J - 13 x 30' – A BBC production
About BBC Worldwide Ltd. BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to exploit the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Global Brands. In 2011/12, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £155 million on headline sales of £1085 million and returned £216 million to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: http://www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview
BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution is responsible for licensing programmes to customers around the world on behalf of the BBC and independent production companies. As the largest exporter of finished television programmes outside of the US studios, this business manages a catalogue of around 50,000 hours spanning all genres. It runs BBC Worldwide Showcase, the world’s biggest programme trade fair organised by a single distributor and is also responsible for developing and sourcing funding and partners for international co-productions. In 2011/12, Sales & Distribution generated headline profit of £72.3 million on headline sales of £292.7 million.
We have really bolstered our children’s titles right across the age range, so it’s brilliant to see series from pre-school animations to teen titles being snapped up by broadcasters all over the globe."