Kid’s Roundup: ABC and BBC Crew for ‘Spooky Files’; Wildbrain Expands Fireman Sam & Polly Pocket; Cottonwood & Ananey partners for “Fairy Express” – TBI Vision | Dauktion

Patricia Hidalgo

ABC and BBC team for “Spooky Files”

Australia’s ABC and British pubcaster BBC jointly commissioned the creepy files, a new comedy series from Tony Ayres Productions and Megaboom Pictures.

Created by Guy Edmonds & Matt Zeremes, the 10 x 24 minute series is a “funny, spooky, adventurous” look at the universal experience of childhood fears.

The series is produced by Paul Watters with executive producers Tony Ayres and Andrea Denholm for TAP, part of Universal International Studios.

Production is scheduled to begin in early November 2022 and will be filmed in Victoria. It will air on ABC ME in 2023 and in the UK on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.

Libbie Doherty, ABC Head of Children’s said: “We are extremely proud to revisit our creative alliance with the BBC to work with industry-leading creatives from Tony Ayres Productions.

“This brilliant Aussie creative team has another hilarious hit on their hands that showcases their understanding of tween audiences, their humor, their hang-ups and their ability to pull the funny out of every moment on screen.”

Patricia Hidalgo, BBC Director of Children’s and Education, added: “This is a great opportunity for us to forge a new working relationship with ABC that will result in brilliant new content for our audiences and we look forward to bringing The Spooky Files next.” year to bring to CBBC.”

Firefighter sam

Wildbrain Expands Fireman Sam & Polly Pocket

Wildbrain has greenlit new seasons of both Firefighter sam and Polly Pocket.

Two new CG-animated seasons of Firefighter sam are on the way – Season 14 is scheduled to ship in December 2022 and Season 15 in June 2023, with each season containing 26 x 11-minute episodes.

Another brand from Mattel Polly Pocket is also returning, with Season 5 set to ship from March 2023.

WildBrain has also secured several new streaming and broadcast offerings for Firefighter sam and Polly Pocket. In offers that include the new seasons of Firefighter sam, ABC Kids (Australia) and HOP! (Israel) recorded seasons 13-15, MiniMini+ (Poland) recorded seasons 14 & 15 and Cartoonito (UK & Ireland) and NRK Super (Norway) recorded seasons 13 & 14. Season 13 of Firefighter sam was recognized by KiKA (Germany), Amazon Prime Video (UK, Ireland, Germany), Milkshake! (UK), RTE Jr. (Ireland), Cartoonito (Italy), France Télévisions (France), MiniMini+ (Poland) and Vudu (USA).

Seasons 4 & 5 of Polly Pocket have now been picked up by Minimax (CEE without Poland). Seasons 3 & 4 were picked up by Netflix (US, UK); POP (UK), Amazon Kids+ (US); Discovery Kids (LatAm); Family Channel (Canada); teleTOON+ (Poland); Gulli, M6 & Tiji (France, French-speaking EMEA); Cartoonito & Boomerang (Italy & Turkey); SUPER RTL (Germany, Austria, Switzerland); KidZone TV (Baltic); BIGI (Israel); Channel 9 (Australia); TVNZ (New Zealand); Vudu (USA); and EITB (Spain). Season 3 was also picked up by Amazon Prime Video (UK, France, Italy) and Astro (Malaysia & Brunei).

The new green lights and distribution agreements are part of a multi-year joint development, production, distribution and licensing agreement between Mattel and WildBrain. The new seasons of Firefighter sam and Polly Pocket are produced at WildBrain’s Vancouver animation studio.

Fairy Express

Cottonwood & Ananey partners for “Fairy Express”

French Cottonwood Media and Israel’s Ananey Studios have teamed up to co-produce a brand new CGI-animated children’s series. Fairy Express.

Aimed at 4-6 year olds, the 52 x 11-minute series follows three enterprising fairies – Charm, Pixie and Wonder, who invented a special app called “Fairy Express” to help children get their whishes.

Every day the fairies fly to the seaside town of Wishington, where the children eagerly await their wish. Whether it’s a young dog walker who lost all ten dogs in his care or a girl whose birthday invitations were sent out on the wrong day, the solution is just a spell away.

The show is based on an original concept by creator and director Gili Dolev (Zack and quack, Nella the knight princess) and Co-Creator & Head of Kids and Family, Ananey Studios, Shirley Oran (craft party, Hahamama).

Executive Producers are Gili Dolev and Shirley Oran, and Cottonwood Media’s David Michel, Cécile Lauritano and Zoé Carrera Allaix.

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