BBC Worldwide have been awarded the global rights to two stunning new pre-school programmes Harry and Toto and 3rd and Bird!.
Harry and Toto is a 26 x 10 minute flash animation series for pre-schoolers from Handle and Spout Productions. BBC Worldwide has secured world TV rights (excluding the USA, non French speaking Canada and Poland) and all other world rights including DVD, interactive and merchandise.
Paul Shuttleworth, formerly Executive Producer at CBeebies, has created an opposite world for Harry the Hare and Toto the Tortoise. They live at opposite ends of Opposite town and by tackling opposite combinations in every episode they realise that to every fast there is a slow and for every door that closes, another opens. The series will air in Spring 2008.
3rd & Bird! is a 26 x 30 minute animation series from independent production company Little Airplane Productions. The deal sees BBC Worldwide take on cross-media rights including global programme distribution, merchandising and DVD.
The series was created by Josh Selig – creator of the internationally-successful series The Wonder Pets! 3rd & Bird will be animated in Little Airplane's unique style known as 'photo-puppetry animation'. Each episode is filled with music and songs and features Samuel Lovebird, an adorable young bird who is learning all about his family, his community and his friends. The visually striking new series is due to make its debut on CBeebies in Autumn 2008.
Gill Pritchard, Director of Children's, BBC Worldwide, says: "We are delighted to add these fantastic new shows to our already strong portfolio. Both programmes have the quality you would expect from a CBeebies programme along with truly unique visual styles which will translate fantastically well into merchandise."
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Dot To Dot is a dedicated Children's Production company with commercial
experience in devising, developing and delivering all genres of Children's Programming for British and International Broadcasters.
Dot To Dot's clients include: Nickelodeon, CBeebies, IWC Media, Bright Things
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Harry and Toto
GS Animation are the visual creators for Harry and Toto. A small studio based in Gdansk, Poland With a background in film and advertising work this is their first major TV series.
Handle and Spout Productions is an independent production company formed by children's television producer, Paul Shuttleworth. Paul was formerly the Editor of the CBeebies Channel and has 15 years experience in children’s programmes directing and producing some of the BBC’s most well known children’s programmes including Blue Peter, Bodger and Badger and Record Breakers.
3rd and Bird
Founded in 1999, Little Airplane Productions created and produced The Wonder Pets! for Nick Jr., Go Baby! for playhouse Disney and Oobi! for Noggin (winner of a 2001 Gold Parents' Choice Award). Little Airplane's founder, Josh Selig, received a Humanitas Award as Head Writer for Little Bill on Nick Jr. and has received 10 Emmy Awards for his work on Sesame Street.