UK-based independent media rights business Raydar Media has secured global television distribution and merchandising rights to two new preschool properties—CBeebies’ hit live-action adventure series Teacup Travels (pictured) and ABC Kids’ CGI-animated preschool series Sydney Sailboat.
Teacup Travels (25 x 15 minutes) follows the magical adventures of six-year-old Charlotte and her older brother Elliot who travel around the world visiting ancient civilizations teaching young children about history and archaeology. The series, which stars BAFTA award-winning actress Gemma Jones as the sibling’s Great Aunt Lizzie, is produced by UK-based Plum Films, with support from Creative Scotland. Since launching in February, Teacup Travels has become one of CBeebies’ top-10 programs averaging 490,000 viewers per episode.
Raydar’s second deal sees the company acquire 52 x 11-minute series Sydney Sailboat (also known as Bubble Bath Bay in Australia).
Produced by Sydney, Australia-headquartered Essential Media and Entertainment, in association with Shambles Communications, Ideate Media, Telegael and Screen NSW, the series follows the travels of an inquisitive young sailboat, Sydney, and his group of nautical friends as they explore the world of Bubble Bath Bay. Since premiering on ABC in March, Sydney Sailboat is now viewed by 50% of the network’s available preschool audience.
Raydar’s MD Alison Rayson negotiated both deals and the company will take the series to MIP Junior and Brand Licensing Europe in London along with a kids slate including Olive the Ostrich (104 x five minutes), animated holiday special Mouse and Mole at Christmas Time (1 x half hour), hybrid preschool poetry series Magic Hands (30 x five minutes), as well as teen series Girl Vs. Boy (21 x half hours) and interactive thriller Reservoir Hill (16 x 10 minutes, 1 x 90 minutes).