Universal Music UK has scored a round of new broadcasting deals for its first preschool animation series, Uki.
The new deals have been signed with Nickelodeon (Germany), Rai (Italy), TVNZ (New Zealand), Minimax (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Serbia), Télé Québec (Canada) and RTP + Canal Panda (Portugal). This adds to an established television presence for the show in the UK through CBeebies and in Belgium through Ketnet and Club RTL. The series has also been sold to broadcasters in Australia, Finland, Norway, Poland, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Launched last year by Universal Music Belgium, the property comprises of 52 x 5-minute wordless episodes. It has led to the production of a second series – Klumpies – that airs in Belgium on VRT and RTL and is currently being distributed by BBC Worldwide.
The Uki licensing program is expected to pick up steam in the coming months. Uki DVDs are available through Universal while Egmont is set to launch a series of books to the UK market in July that include 10-minute tales, pocket library books, annuals, coloring/activity books and story books.