German brand management and media company m4e AG has inked new global broadcast deals for its new CGI-animated series, Wissper.
The preschool series, a co-production between London-based studio Absolutely Cuckoo and m4e, Telegael (Ireland), Discreet Art Productions (India) and Germany’s BASTEI Media, has been picked up by German public broadcaster ZDF and is slated to air later this year on its free-to-air kids channel KiKA.
Austrian public broadcaster ORF has also acquired the series, while m4e has sold pay TV-rights for the UK to Viacom International Media Networks Europe for Nickelodeon.
In Russia, Wissper will air this fall on Karusel, while Russian agency brand4rent is handling the brand’s licensing rollout. First products will also be launched this fall, and a toy line by Simba Dickie will debut in early 2017.
Further TV deals were also closed for Asia by Discreet Art Productions. ZooMoo Networks Asia has picked up pay TV-rights for Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Free-TV rights were also acquired by Thailand’s TIGA and Singapore’s Mediacorp television network, where it will air on kids channel OKTO.
Originally commissioned by Channel 5′s kids strand Milkshake!, Wissper comes from the mind of Waybuloo‘s Dan Good. It follows the adventures of a little girl by the same name who is able to communicate with animals.