HBO Max has picked up exclusive US rights to Federation Kids & Family’s animated children’s comedy Squish. The 52 x 11-minute series will begin airing on the streamer in Q1 2021.
Produced by Cottonwood Media and Planeta Junior, the show was originally commissioned by France’s Gulli. It has since been sold to VRT, RTBF (Belgium), Wow and Quebecor (Canada) and Hop TV (Israel). Squish is based on an original book series by New York Times best-selling authors Jennifer and Matthew Holm, and follows the adventures of a twinkie-eating grade-school amoeba.
It is executive produced and led by showrunner John Derevlany.
Paris-based Federation has used the time in lockdown to grow its catalogue, recently partnering with France’s TeamTO on animated comedy series Presto! School of Magic.
HBO Max, meanwhile, has been busy acquiring kids content. Since launching in May, the SVOD has added CBC series Detention Adventure, Moonbug toon Mia’s Magic Playground and 41 Entertainment’s CG-animated S.M.A.S.H! to its offering.