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Deals of the Week: Moonbug, BBC, KIDZ BOP

Hey Duggee scores its first CP partner in Spain, Yoto and Move2Play get in the groove, and Queen Latifah teams up with Henson.
May 14, 2021

Moonbug

NBCUniversal’s Peacock has picked up a catalogue of animated kids shows from Moonbug. The London-based prodco’s preschool series My Magic Pet Morphle (11 episodes), Little Baby Bum (10 episodes) and Blippi (30 episodes) are already available on the SVOD in both English and Spanish.

Moonbug’s other series, including Arpo (six episodes), Gecko’s Garage (six episodes), Go Buster (four episodes), Playtime with Twinkle (two episodes), Supa Strikas (30 episodes), T-Rex Ranch (six episodesand Ring-A-Tangs (three episodes), will launch in the summer. Each episode is about 30 minutes long.

The Jim Henson Company

Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment and Henson have teamed up to bring new fantasy novel The Conductors to the big screen.

Aimed at teens and adults, the novel by author Nicole Glover centers around Hetty Rhodes, a magic-user and former conductor on the Underground Railroad who solves crimes and mysteries in the post-Civil War era. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, it launched in March this year.

Flavor Unit’s Latifah and Shakim Compere will steer the feature film adaptation, along with Lisa Henson and Blanca Lista for Henson.

BBC Studios

The commercial arm of BBC has named Barcelona-based Ypsilon Licensing as its licensing agent for preschool series Hey Duggee (142 x seven minutes) in Spain. And Ypsilon has already tapped Bizak to bring toys for the brand to the region for the first time as master toy partner. Starting this fall, Bizak will distribute a line of Hey Duggee toys and plush (pictured) from UK master toy partner Golden Bears in the Spanish retail market.

London’s Studio AKA produces the the 2D-animated series about a group of animals that complete different activities to learn and earn badges.

KIDZ BOP

Toyco Move2Play and audio company Yoto have signed deals with KIDZ BOP to create new music-focused products.

Based in San Francisco, Move2Play is manufacturing Bluetooth microphones that let kids sing and dance along to KIDZ BOP songs. They’re available now on Amazon and Move2Play’s website for US$24.99.

And Yoto will make the albums “KIDZ BOP All-Time Greatest Hits,” “KIDZ BOP Party Playlist!” and “KIDZ BOP 2021″ available later this summer on playable cards that are compatible with its devices.

Toon Goggles

The US-based VOD platform has added OTT channels from a handful of family-friendly creators to its roster, including Guinness World Records, Rovio’s Angry Birds (Angry Bird Toons and Piggy Tales), Zeptolab’s Om Nom TV (Om Nom Stories), Digital Media Rights’ Cocoro (Smart Babies, Rescue Paws), MyToonz (Mondo Yan, Fruit Ninja) and Blue Ant Media’s ZooMoo (Kooki’s Crafty Show, Jelly Jamm). The channels are all available on Toon Goggles now.

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