Saturday, December 16

Entertainment One Family Secures Series of Key International Broadcast Deals

Ben and Holly flyingeOne’s diverse portfolio of brands including Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Peppa Pig, Humf, Magic Hockey Sktaes, Rob the Robot and Lost and Found are finding success in all major markets worldwide

Entertainment One Family (eOne) has secured major broadcast agreements around the globe for over 100 hours of children’s programming from its world renowned catalogue, the Company announced today.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom continues to broaden its fan base and is gaining traction throughout Asia.  The first two series’ (104 x 11’) have been acquired by PBS Thai while the second series (52 x 11’) has been picked up by TVB Hong Kong and Okto Singapore.

Germany’s ZDF has also acquired the second series for their kids block as well as leading children’s channel KiKA.  The first series is achieving strong ratings on the channel with two episodes currently stripped back to back every week day. The brand is also attracting a growing audience in New Zealand and FOUR has secured the second series for broadcast.  Nickelodeon recently acquired the second series and have also renewed the global rights (ex-US) to broadcast series one.

Peppa Pig continues to expand throughout Europe with ETV Estonia picking up the first two series (104 x 5’) in a brand new deal.  Star Greece has acquired the fourth series (26 x 5’) of the popular pre-school show along with a ten minute Christmas Special episode. eOne recently announced that WDR Germany has secured broadcast rights to series five and six (48 x 5’) and renewed the first two series’ of Peppa. The programme also airs on ZDF-owned children’s channel, KiKA in Germany.

eOne has also inked a home entertainment deal with Universal for the first two series’ of Peppa Pig.  The agreement will see Peppa DVD titles distributed throughout Germany, Latin America and Brazil. The deal is an extension of eOne’s existing partnership with Universal who have already released Peppa DVDs in Italy and France.

 Peppa will be available on in-flight services after eOne concluded agreements with Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand and Jet Star for a selection of Peppa compilation packages.

eOne has also negotiated several agreements in Asia for their pre-school series, Humf.  The complete 78 x 7 minute episodes will air on PBS Thai, TVB Hong Kong and Okto Singapore.

 Okto Singapore has also acquired Magic Hockey Skates, which follows the adventures of pint-sized kid Joey as he is granted three wishes by his battered old skates.  The half-hour Special will also be aired on DR Denmark and SVT in Sweden.

Leading broadcaster, MBC has secured Rob the Robot to air across the Middle East.  The 52 x 11’ CG animated pre-school show follows the adventures of Rob and his friends as they explore the fantastical planets of the Robot Galaxy, which are ripe with humour and fun.

The critically acclaimed animated film, Lost and Found, based on the best-selling Oliver Jeffers book, is set to debut in Latin America after eOne inked an agreement with Discovery Kids for the 1 x 24 minute Special.

Monica Candiani, Head of International Sales at eOne Family comments: “eOne Family’s extensive children’s portfolio offers a broad range of top-quality content and iconic children’s brands which resonate with audiences around the world.  We are delighted to be partnering with leading children’s broadcasters and home entertainment partners around the globe, who recognise the breadth of our catalogue and the quality of our offering.”