In a three-pronged digital deals, Netflix has secured the global streaming rights of The Jim Henson Company’s underwater CGI-animated adventure series Splash and Bubbles, while Hulu has lapped up all three seasons of hit pre-school show Tree Fu Tom from FremantleMedia Kids & Family (FMK), and Amazon Prime Video has added Zinkia’s popular series Pocoyo through the Amazon Video Direct self-publishing service.
Splash and Bubbles has also been acquired by MBC3 for the MENA region (basic cabsat and worldwide Arabic language rights), Nat Geo Kids (Latin America) and POD Worldwide (free TV rights for Thailand).
In a deal struck by FMK’s VP of international distribution, Joss Duffield, CGI-animated fantasy adventure series Tree Fu Tom is now available to stream exclusively on Hulu in the US.
The BAFTA-nominated series, which currently airs in 120 territories worldwide, is a co-production between FMK and the BBC for CBeebies with animation done by London’s Blue Zoo Animation.
Meanwhile, Spain’s Zinkia has sold all four seasons of Pocoyo (208 episodes), plus a short film and a range of exclusive Pocoyo content to Amazon. The deal furthers the global online expansion of Zinkia’s 10-year-old hit preschool property.
Since the fourth season premiere of Pocoyo on YouTube and the YouTube Kidsapp last November marked the first-ever digital-exclusive launch of a Spanish production, Zinkia has secured a Pocoyo deal with Japanese media and marketing company Aqui Media spanning TV, VOD and L&M, and bolstered the brand’s presence in Brazil where the IP is available via digital platforms including Netflix, iTunes, the Pocoyo Play House, Play Kids and the Vivo Play Kids apps.