Deals: DHX Media, 9 Story, Squeeze
DHX is expanding the Teletubbies brand into video games, Squeeze inks more international deals for Cracke, plus more deals.
DHX is expanding its Teletubbies brand into video games, announcing a deal with game developer and publisher Built Games. Later this spring, Built will launch Teletubbies Play Time, an interactive mobile app that promotes early learning and helps develop motor skills in youngsters. The deal, which was brokered by CPLG North America, was one of nine announced. DHX Brandsalso appointed eight new U.S. licensees, including Bladez Toyz (Ancillary Toys), Fiesta Toys (Arcade/Amusement), HW2 (Eyewear), John GmbH (Outdoor Toys), High Point (Children's Hosiery), Milestone (Live Events), Edgewell Personal Care Brands (Infant Accessories) and Silvertop Associates (Costumes).
India-based entertainment conglomerate Viacom18 has picked up animated series Cracké from Canadian studio Squeeze. The toon will air on Nickelodeon in India as well as national OTT platform Voot Kids. The deal brings the show’s reach to 185 countries, and follows a recent launch in EMEA. The 52 x one-minute show follows an anxious ostrich dad and his eight runaway eggs. It is co-produced with Canada’s Teletoon, where it currently airs, along with the Canada Media Fund, the Quebec Refundable Tax Credit for Film and Television Production, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Bell Fund and the National Bank.
Discovery Kids Latin America has acquired 80 episodes of 9 Story Media’s Nature Cat (80 x 11 minutes). In Canada, the series airs on DHX’s Family CHRGD, while in the U.S the series airs on PBS KIDS. Discovery Kids Latin America also airs 9 Story series Wild Kratts and Peg + Cat. Outside of the U.S., 9 Story handles international distribution on Nature Cat and has previously licensed the series to SVT (Sweden), TG4 (Ireland), SIC (Portugal), Canal Panda (Spain), AMC Networks (Spain), Nick Jr (Italy) via Funwood Media, Cineplex (Thailand), Discovery Asia (Indian Subcontinent), Mediacorp (Singapore), E Junior (Middle East), and Hop TV (Israel).
With files from Alexandra Whyte, Kidscreen