DHX and Mattel greenlight more Bob, Sam

Production is underway at DHX Studios on 52 new Bob the Builder eps, and the companies have greenlit a third season of Fireman Sam.
October 14, 2016

DHX Media and Mattel Creations have greenlit production on new episodes of Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam.

Production on Bob the Builder’s 11th season, comprised of 52 x 11-minute episodes, is currently underway at DHX’s Halifax studio. The production date for the 13 x 10-minute third season of Fireman Sam has not yet been set.

The companies have also greenlit a 60-minute Fireman Sam special, set to debut in 2018.

DHX and Mattel’s content creation division initially inked a deal in late 2015 to fund, co-develop and co-produce multiplatform content based on Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Little People and Polly Pocket. DHX Distribution is handling global sales for both the newly produced content and the Mattel-owned library content.

On top of the new greenlights, the companies have announced a raft of international distribution deals for both Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam.

Bob the Builder: Mega Machines – The Movie was picked up by French national TV broadcaster France Télévisions. The special was also acquired for theatrical release in France and Germany, with Pathe Live and X-Verleih Theatrical picking up the movie, respectively. Pathe Live will begin screening the film in April.

In addition, Pathe Live will release the CG-animated 60-minute special Fireman Sam: Alien Alert in 180 cinemas beginning February 2017. The 10th season of the show was also acquired by Spain’s Clan TV and French TV net France 5.

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