China’s UYoung in partnership with Belfast-based Sixteen South


China’s leading children’s and family entertainment company, UYoung has got into a partnership with Belfast-based studio Sixteen South, the children’s BAFTA Independent Production Company of the Year to create fresh and exciting new children’s programmes with a global appeal.


The first joint project is a new pre-school series of 52 x 11’. Currently in development, it aims to charm young viewers with its unique angle portraying love and friendship across different cultures and nations. Further details will be announced early in the New Year.

In addition, UYoung has acquired Sixteen South’s delightful animated mixed-media series Lily’s Driftwood Bay in which a new adventure washes up on the beach every day, for all rights in China.

While season 2 has already been sold to iQiyi, Youku and Tecent, UYoung will also take the brand to the China Licensing Expo in Shanghai later this month.

James Chen Gu, General Manager, Animation Studio UYoung, said, “We’re delighted to team up with such a respected and creative company as Sixteen South. It’s a continuation of UYoung’s strategy of working with the best international talent to produce high-quality end content for a global market. Like our new co-production, we embody the ethos of friendship and cooperation across nations and cultures!”

Colin Williams, Creative Director, SixteenSouth averred, “UYoung has an outstanding record and we’re thrilled to become their first partner in the UK and Ireland. We’re excited about our new series with its message of global friendship without barriers, and look forward to creating more very special shows together for children all over the world.”

Increasingly active internationally, UYoung are continually looking to work with international co-production partners to create shows that work for both Western and Eastern markets. UYoung has previously collaborated with Little Airplane on P. King Duckling which became the first-ever Chinese cartoon to appear on Disney Junior in the US and has gone on to air worldwide.

Sixteen South are dedicated to the development, creation and production of original premium television shows for children in every part of the world.

Their shows include Lily’s Driftwood Bay, Claude, WildWoods and Pinkalicious and they have partnered with some of the biggest and most respected names in children’s entertainment including Sesame Workshop, WGBH, The Jim Henson Company and the BBC. Their work can be seen on networks across the globe and has already won over 20 major international awards.