Darrall Macqueen’s original preschool property, Baby Jake, is among a round of new properties acquired by BBC Worldwide-owned global preschool channel CBeebies. The deals, which encompass broader rights across BBC Worldwide’s different business lines, were secured by Henrietta Hurford-Jones, BBC Worldwide’s director of CBeebies Investment.
CBeebies has picked up the global channel, distribution and merchandising rights for Baby Jake, which mixes live action with 2D photographic animation. The 26 x 11-minute series will air on the UK channel this summer and internationally from the end of the year.
Other titles to be rolled out throughout 2011 and 2012 include Scrumptious House-produced Jollywobbles and Andy’s Wild Adventures, which will be produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit. The latter will invite young viewers to join the adventures of CBeebies presenter Andy Day and his knowledgeable and tech-savvy sidekick Kip. Andy’s Wild Adventures will premiere on CBeebies in the UK in early 2012 and will roll out on the international feeds of the channel shortly after.
In related news, CBeebies has commissioned a new multiplatform action adventure animated series designed to help children’s movement development. From CBeebies’ In House Productions and FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), Tree Fu Tom (26 x 22-minutes) follows the adventures of a boy with magical powers who lives in the world of Treetopolis.
Brought to life by Blue Zoo Animation, the series’ physical actions have all been devised and approved by movement development specialists and are designed to help all children but particularly those who suffer from Dyspraxia. Tree Fu Tom will air on CBeebies in early in 2012 and was created and is being produced by Daniel Bays.