In its ongoing expansion efforts, Toronto, Canada-based Boat Rocker Media has acquired the kids and family entertainment division of UK-headquartered FremantleMedia.
Effective immediately, the division will be integrated into Boat Rocker’s global distribution arm, Boat Rocker Rights, and is expected to bolster international growth opportunities, particularly in Europe and Asia. No monetary figures have been disclosed.
Popular FremantleMedia kids properties Danger Mouse (pictured) and Bitz & Bob will continue to be developed under Fremantle’s existing co-pro agreement with the BBC.
Since launching in 2010, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has amassed a portfolio of more than 45 brands consisting of 150 series and 1,600 half hours of children’s programming from preschool to tweens/teens.
FremantleMedia’s current co-productions include Danger Mouse (season two) and Bitz & Bob (season one) with BBC, live-action sketch comedy The Who Was? Show (season one) with Netflix and Penguin Young Readers, and animated comedy Tasty Tales of the Food Truckers with Shellhut Media.
Boat Rocker’s expanded team will begin rolling out a new development slate timed with Kidscreen Summit in February.
The acquisition follows a rapid growth pattern for Boat Rocker which began its foray into kids content in late 2015 when the company (then known as Temple Street Productions) bought a minority stake in Industrial Brothers. Then in March 2016 it purchased Canuck kids production company Radical Sheep. Five months later it acquired Ottawa-based 2D-animation service studio Jam Filled Entertainment, and more recently, formed an exclusive global video partnership with New York-based mobile-centric kids media company MarcoPolo Learning.
With its banners Boat Rocker Studios (which includes Temple Street, Jam Filled and Radical Sheep), Boat Rocker Rights, Boat Rocker Brands, Boat Rocker Ventures and Boat Rocker Digital, Boat Rocker Media creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms.
It also recently named Fisher-Price as master toy partner for its upcoming Industrial Brothers preschool co-pro Kingdom Force.