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Henson inks global broadcast and licensing deals

The Jim Henson Company has secured a raft of new TV and home entertainment deals for three of its preschool series, Pajanimals, Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train.
March 23, 2012

The Jim Henson Company has secured a raft of new TV and home entertainment deals for three of its preschool series, Pajanimals, Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train.

Live-action/puppetry series Pajanimals, which airs exclusively in the US on 24-hour preschool channel Sprout, has been picked up by ABC Australia and TVNZ New Zealand for its TV2 network.

Disney Channel (Germany), Nickelodeon (UK), TVNZ New Zealand’s TV2, Latvian TV, and Botswana Television have acquired CG-animated Dinosaur Train (season one), which airs on PBS Kids in the US.

Also on-board Dinosaur Train for season two are Discovery Kids (Latin America), E-Vision (United Arab Emirates), and TVO (Canada). In addition, Russia’s Channel 1 has purchased seasons one and two and acquired global Russian language rights. Home entertainment DVD rights for season two have been snapped up by Empire Film (Romania).

For Sid the Science Kid, France 5, TVO (Canada), PBS (Thailand), and Discovery Kids (Latin America) have licensed season two, and TVB Pearl (Hong Kong), One Batswana Television, and NOGA (Israel) have licensed season one. The series airs in the US on PBS Kids.

The deals come a day after Henson announced it will co-produce Sid the Science Kid: The Movie, a 3D, CG-animated feature film based on the series, after striking a deal with China-based animation studio Nine Eyes Stone & Shanghai Animation Film Studios.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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