Twenty-four hour US preschool broadcaster Sprout has picked up several new series to add to its on-air lineup starting next month.
Three new programs, Sarah & Duck, Zou and Stella and Sam, will all debut prior to the end of the year. Currently, the network owns the longest active streak of month-over-month growth in ratings with Women 18 to 49 among all cable networks at 20 consecutive months.
Sarah & Duck will make its US premiere on Monday, August 19 during the Sunny Side Up Show morning block, marking the first-ever deal between BBC Worldwide and the network. The animated series focuses on the day-to-day experiences of childhood and is a Karrot Entertainment production with CBeebies and BBC Worldwide.
The French animated series Zou, also slated for The Sunny Side Up Show, starts airing on September 2. The series is based on books by Michel Gay and created, produced and distributed by Cyber Group Studios. The CGI series takes a warm look at growing up and the relationships between family members and friends.
Rounding out the new acquisitions is Stella and Sam, bowing on November 1. Based on the book series by Canadian author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, Stella and Sam follows the adventures of red-head nine-year-old Stella and her younger brother Sam. Stella and Sam is distributed by Bejuba! Entertainment on behalf of Toronto, Canada’s Radical Sheep Productions.