Chinese family entertainment company UYoung has teamed up with Belfast, Ireland-based studio Sixteen South to create new kids programming for the international market.
The companies’ first project in development is a 52 x 11-minute untitled preschool series depicting love and friendship across different cultures and nations. More details about the program will be announced in 2018.
UYoung has also snapped up Chinese rights to Sixteen South’s popular animated mixed-media series Lily’s Driftwood Bay (pictured), which has already sold to Chinese digital platforms iQiyi, Youku and Tencent. UYoung will look for more opportunities to distribute the IP at China Licensing Expo in Shanghai later this month.
Sixteen South is UYoung’s first partner in the UK and Ireland, and the deal furthers UYoung’s global ambitions that have included the opening of L.A.-based subsidiary UYoung Entertainment last year and collaborating with New York-based Little Airplane on the hit animated series P. King Duckling—the first-ever Chinese toon to air on Disney Junior in the US.
Sixteen South, meanwhile, has ramped up its own international growth strategy with the recent launch of Sixteen South Rights, a new distribution arm led by former Foxtel and Viacom exec Gillian Calvert-Ridge.