Dubai-based MBC Group has acquired the TV, digital media and consumer product rights in the Middle East and Northern Africa for Studio 100/m4e’s popular CGI-animated preschool series Wissper.
The deal will see MBC3 air the 52 x seven-minute series later this month. The agreement has MBC Group holding basic cable and satellite free-TV rights to the program, as well as non-exclusive worldwide basic cable and satellite free-TV rights, limited to Arabic dubbed language only. MBC also holds the SVOD and AVOD rights to Wissper for its platforms and is the IP’s exclusive licensing agent for the MENA region.
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The series follows a young girl named Wissper who has the ability to communicate with animals. The series is produced by m4e and London-based animation studio Cuckoo (Waybuloo), together with Telegael (Ireland), Discreet Art Productions (India) and BASTEI Media (Germany).
Season two, which was commissioned in January last year by UK-based Channel 5 for its preschool block Milkshake!, is currently in production for delivery this fall. Season one debuted on Milkshake! in October 2015.