For a story about an underachiever, Hank Zipzer has achieved a fair bit before its second season is even ready to air. DHX Media has signed deals with multiple broadcasters to take all episodes (26 x 30 minutes) of the live-action comedy-drama series around the globe.
Disney has acquired the rights for the series to air on Disney Channel in Spain, Italy, Benelux and Latin America. SVT Sweden and NRK Norway will broadcast the show in Scandinavia. And outside of Europe, DHX has sold the series to ABC3 in Australia and e-Junior in the UAE.
Meanwhile in the UK, where Hank Zipzer debuted on CBBC, the children’s broadcaster announced it would air a second season starting in late 2015, produced by Kindle Entertainment with DHX Media and Walker Productions.
Based on the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, written by Winkler and Lin Oliver, the show follows the life of Henry “Hank” Zipzer, a 13-year-old boy growing up with dyslexia. The story is based on Winkler’s real-life experiences in his youth, and Winkler himself plays sympathetic teacher Mr. Rock in the show.