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Deals of the Week: Nick, NBCUniversal, LEGO

Avatar: The Last Airbender heads to Twitch, DreamWorks shows fly to Sky, LEGO journeys to Sesame Street, and Odd Squad sails into broadcast deals.
October 23, 2020

LEGO

The fan-votes are in and the newest product to come out of LEGO’s audience-generated product range is a Sesame Street-themed set. The new LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street set marks the first time the two companies have partnered on a product. Featuring Big Bird, Elmo and Oscar the Grouch, the set will roll out online and in LEGO stores on November 1. LEGO Ideas invites fans to submit their own creations with the chance of having them brought to life by the brickmaker. LEGO Ideas has also previously made Flintstones and Steamboat Willie-themed sets.

Nickelodeon

ViacomCBS Networks Americas has inked a deal with Twitch so users can stream Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender (pictured) and The Legend of Korra. From October 26 to October 29, Twitch will stream the series in LatAm, allowing viewers to comment on them in real-time.

Nickelodeon and MTV Latin America will promote the streams across platforms to engage fans and drive viewers to Twitch. This marks the first time ViacomCBS Americas has partnered with a social gaming platform.

NBCUniversal

UK broadcaster Sky has inked a long-term deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution to bring hundreds of hours of DreamWorks Animation shows to customers in the UK and Ireland. Shows and films including TrollsTopia, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar will now be available on Sky and its app NOW TV.

The deal bolsters Sky’s kids catalogue after it lost access to Disney shows when the House of Mouse moved its content exclusively to Disney+ in the region.

Boat Rocker

Boat Rocker Studios has inked a number of international sales for its CG-animated preschool adventure Remy & Boo. New broadcasters to pick up the 52 x 11-minute series include Cartoon Network (Korea), Discovery Kids (Middle East) ABC Me (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Tiny Pop (UK), France Télévisions, YLE (Finland), RTL (The Netherlands), DSmart (Turkey), TV2 (Hungary), Disney (Russia) and SRC (French Canada).

The series, which tracks six-year-old Remy and a squishy pink robot called Boo as they overcome every daily challenges with the power of friendship, launched in May on Universal Kids.

Sinking Ship

Toronto-based prodco Sinking Ship has sailed into a handful of new international broadcast deals for its series Odd Squad. Nickelodeon snagged season one for Belgium and Netherlands, where it will be aired in both Dutch and Flemish. Italian pay TV channel Da Vinci Kids has picked up seasons one and two to launch on its regional channels across EMEA. It will also be available on its channels and SVOD platform Azoomee. South Africa’s free-to-air broadcaster SABC has picked the first season in a deal made by distributor RedHead Global.

Targeting four- to eight-year-olds, the 80 x 22 minute adventure tracks a team of kid agents who work to solve the most unusual problems with science and math.

In addition to the Odd Squad pick ups, Slovenian public broadcast RTV SLO has acquired live-action/animated hybrid Dino Dana to bring it to the region for the first time.

Caribu

Interactive video calling app Caribu has teamed up with California-based production company Encantos to develop a library of exclusive Spanish and English bilingual content. Under the deal, Caribu users will have access to Encantos’ library, including current bilingual preschool educational brands Canticos, Tiny Travellers and Skeletitos, as well as future IP developments. They will also partner to produce a new original series for Caribu.

Caribu gives families the chance to read digital books, activities and play games together while they’re on a video call. Its library features thousands of books and learning activities for kids zero to 13, from brands like Barbie, Sesame Street and Thomas and Friends.

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