British pay-TV broadcaster Sky Kids has commissioned a raft of new original series as well as scooping up two seasons of DreamWorks Animation’s Where’s Wally? (pictured left).
Sky acquired 40 x 30-minute eps of the show about Wally and Wenda, members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society, from NBCUniversal Kids & Family Distribution. Universal Kids originally commissioned the series in 2018, and then it premiered last fall. Created by Martin Handford, the Where’s Waldo? books were first published in 1987 and have since sold 70 million copies worldwide.
In new commissions, Sky snagged 20 x 10-minute series Not the End of the World about Joe Connolly and his first year of secondary school in the UK. The show is produced by Helen Stern and created and directed by Jack Bennett, written by Ben Ward and executive produced by Sarah Mattingley. It is produced by Bristol-based Wildseed Studios and fellow UK studio Birkdale Film and Television with production services provided by India’s Toonz Media Group and Irish co Telegael.
The 25 x five-minute Bad Nature (pictured middle left), was also picked up by Sky. It is produced by Bristol-based Rebel Television. The live-action comedy combines natural history footage with animated lead characters who rove around as reporters and answer weird questions you never knew existed.
Finally, Sky snagged a 24-minute special and five music videos titled Pirates Love Underpants (pictured middle right). It’s an animated musical special based on the book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, published by Simon & Schuster. It comes from the same creative team that made Aliens Love Underpants, and is produced by Endemol Shine’s Tiger Aspect Productions.
These pickups follow Sky Kids commissioning 20 short episodes of Streetcat Bob (pictured right) which premiered late last year. It’s based on a popular movie and book character and produced by British animation studio King Rollo Films.