Within just a year of Belgium-based Studio 100 Group acquiring a majority stake in German brand management and media company m4e and becoming one of the largest animation and live-action studios in Europe with 17,500 episodes of kids fare, the studio now has its sights set on the US market.
It has acquired New York-based Little Airplane Productions, the Emmy-winning animation studio known for shows like The Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes, P. King Duckling and Super Wings.
Though no financial terms have been disclosed, Little Airplane Productions will focus on developing and producing new projects in cooperation with Studio 100′s animation studios (Studio 100 Animation in Paris and Flying Bark Productions in Sydney), and will continue to develop content for third-party clients.
The Germany-based Studio 100 Media will handle international content sales, licensing and merchandising, and global distribution of the company’s brands.
Moving forward, Little Airplane founder and president Josh Selig will work closely with Studio 100′s co-founder and CEO, Hans Bourlon as well as Hans Ulrich Stoef, CEO of Studio 100 Media and m4e.
Little Airplane Productions has worked on a number of international co-productions partnering with broadcasters like Disney, Nickelodeon and Sprout in the US besides KiKA, CBeebies and Canal+ in Europe.
The production company has also ramped up its production activities in Asia. For example, Super Wings is a co-production with China’s Alpha Group and Korea’s Funny Flux Entertainment. The series recently landed a global distribution deal with Netflix.