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Dinosaur Train picks up raft of broadcast passengers

With production of Dinosaur Train season four underway, The Jim Henson Company has secured a bundle of international broadcasting partners for its hit CG-animated preschool program.
February 19, 2015

With production of Dinosaur Train season four underway, The Jim Henson Company has secured a bundle of international broadcasting partners for its hit CG-animated preschool program.

Broadcasters on-board for season three include French pubcaster France TV (which also renewed for season one), Portuguese thematic channel producer Dreamia for Canal Panda, Irish pubcaster TG4, and Spain’s RTVE for Clan, via distribution agent Selecta Vision.

Swedish pubcaster SVT has re-signed for season one, and in the United Arab Emirates, Emirates Cable TV and Multimedia acquired rights for seasons one and two for their E-Junior channel.

Rounding out the season roster is Netflix (Canada, UK, Germany, Spanish-speaking Latin America), SVOD company Videotron (French-speaking Canada), and Movile (Canada, Germany, UK) for its video subscription app PlayKids.

Key broadcast partners for the two-time Emmy-nominated series, which airs in more than 175 countries, are TVO and TFO (Canada), Nickelodeon (UK), Disney Channel (Germany), NRK (Norway), YLE (Finland), Canal+ (Poland) and Channel 1 (Russia). The property also recently boosted its consumer products program in Europe and Russia.

The fourth season (10 x 30 minutes or 20 x 11 minutes) of the PBS KIDS series for kids aged two to five will focus the importance of biodiversity and social diversity in creating a balanced life on earth.

Created by Craig Barlett (Hey Arnold!) and co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and Singapore’s Sparky Animation, the show follows the prehistoric adventures of Buddy and his adoptive family while encouraging basic scientific and thinking skills.

About The Author
Patrick Callan is a senior writer at Kidscreen. He reports on the licensing and consumer products side of the global children's entertainment industry via daily news coverage and in-depth features. Contact Patrick at pcallan@brunico.com.

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