Hoho Rights announced its latest partnership with Welsh broadcast channel S4C, to co-produce and distribute new preschool series, Chickpea & Friends.
Developed and written by An Vrombaut (64 Zoo Lane), Chickpea & Friends is based on animal characters from S4C’s existing popular pre-school strand Cyw. A cute and colourful animated series with a playful, informal tone and lots of silliness, its twin themes of exploration and making sense of the world inspire the adventures of Chickpea the chick and her six animal best friends who all live together in a big yellow house. They might discover an octopus, launch a sailboat or get blown around on a windy day as they explore and make sense of the world around them.
Sioned Wyn Roberts, Commissioning Editor for Kids, S4C, said, “For over 10 years, Chickpea and her friends have been delighting Welsh children as part of our pre-school strand Cyw. It was time for them to have their own series and we are thrilled that they are now making their way into the wider world.”
Hoho Rights is co-producing and distributing a series along with a companion series of 12 x 10’ themed compilations that will include songs, games, stories among others. With 13 episodes of the 52 already complete, Hoho is currently looking for broadcast and co-production partners for the remaining episodes.
Hoho Rights will be handling all rights worldwide, including licensing and merchandising, with the exception of those for the Welsh language. A successful line of books, toys, and related items is already available in the Welsh language through S4C.
Helen Howells, Joint Managing Director, Hoho said, “I have always had a soft spot for Cyw so its great to now be collaborating with S4C on this long-form narrative. We hope that Chickpea & Friends will attract a whole new set of young fans internationally as they provide an ideal companion for little ones taking their first steps in life.”
Hoho also distributes the S4C animated catalogue, which includes Hana’s Helpline, Sali Mali, Gogs and a fantastic selection of high-quality animated classics such as Shakespeare – The Animated Tales and Emmy Award-winning Animated Tales of the World.
Hoho Entertainment will be launching Chickpea & Friends at MIP Junior, the world’s leading kids’ entertainment industry event, held on 13-14 October in Cannes.