BBC Children’s and FremantleMedia Enterprises’ (FME) Kids & Family Entertainment division are strengthening their co-production relationship with a new five-year partnership that is expected to churn out several new children’s TV shows.
The two organizations have already worked together on the preschool series Tree Fu Tom, which was developed to help children who have movement disorders and difficulties such as Dyspraxia, as well as Wizards vs Aliens.
The extended partnership will see FME and BBC Children’s co-develop, co-produce and co-fund programs for both CBBC and CBeebies. The first order of business under the new partnership is the commissioning of the second season of Tree Fu Tom.
Beyond the small screen, the deal will also see FME represent a range of global ancillary rights, including merchandise, home entertainment, live events, publishing and worldwide distribution. The BBC will retain television rights for the UK and Eire, as well as certain other rights within those countries.
The partnership also does not affect the first-look deal that BBC Children’s has with BBC Worldwide, which continues to invest in children’s programming and also operate the CBeebies international channels. And BBC Children’s will continue to collaborate with a wide range of creative partners, broadcasters, distributors and indies (which currently produce 70% of the BBC’s children’s programs).