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Deals of the Week: BBC, Lime Pictures, Zodiak

Bluey gets new Euro licensing agents, French distributors send shows abroad, and Lime Pictures options Planet Omar.
September 17, 2021

Zodiak Kids 

The UK producer/distributor has locked in multiple deals with broadcasters and streamers for Novel Entertainment’s Horrid Henry (250 x 11 minutes).

Netflix will stream season one in Andorra, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Mauritius, as well as seasons three and four in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Iceland, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa. The SVOD platform also picked up seasons four and five for India.

In Europe, Teilifis Na Gaeilge acquired season five for the UK & Ireland, while Finland’s Leisradio Oy bought the free-TV, pay-TV and AVOD rights to season two. P&P Permissions and Rights has picked up free-TV, VOD and catch-up rights to season one for Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Croatia.

Viacom International Media Networks Africa has picked up free-TV, pay-TV, AVOD and SVOD rights to seasons one to three. Emirates Cable TV bought seasons four and five for the United Arab Emirates, and seasons three and five for the Middle East. Okko Limited took SVOD and TV-on-demand rights to seasons three and four for CIS and Mongolia.

Sony India acquired pay-TV rights to all five seasons, while Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has taken the SVOD rights to seasons three to five for India. And finally, South Korea’s Horby Asiana Licensing scooped up the DVD, SVOD and TV-on-demand rights to season four.

BBC Studios

The UK studio has signed new licensing agents for its popular preschool brand Bluey in Europe. Plus Licens will manage the IP in the Nordics, Baltics and Central & Eastern Europe, while Maurizio Distefano handles it in Italy. Both agents will develop licensing programs that include apparel, back-to-school and stationery products for a spring 2022 rollout.

Australia’s Ludo Studio produces Bluey, which launched in 2018 on ABC Australia and now airs globally on Disney+ and Disney Junior.

Lime Pictures

The prodco behind Netflix’s Zero Chill has optioned Zanib Mian’s Planet Omar book series from UK publisher Hachette Children’s Group. Lime is working with Mian and producer Sajid Varda, who founded UK Muslim Film, to adapt the publishing IP for TV. The first of three titles was released in 2019, and the series centers around a young Muslim boy who finds himself in some crazy situations—such as fighting an alien invasion—wherever he goes.

No details were available at press time about the adaptation’s format or delivery date.


Eight European broadcasters have signed pre-sale deals for Billy the Cowboy Hamster (pictured) from animation studio Ooolala. Super RTL (Germany), DRTV (Denmark), SVT (Sweden), RTS (Switzerland), NRK (Norway), Arte Editions (France), KMBO (France) and TV5 Monde (France) are all locked in to air the 52 x 11-minute show, which targets four- to seven-year-olds with adventure-driven stories about a hamster living out his dream of being a cowboy. France Télévisions commissioned the 2D-animated series in 2019, and it’s currently in production.

Federation Kids & Family

The French distributor has finalized five new broadcast deals for TeamTO’s 52 x 11-minute series Presto! School of Magic. Discovery (LatAm), RTS (Switzerland), Showmax (English-speaking Africa), NRK (Norway) and Quebecor (French-speaking Canada) have all picked up the show, which premieres in October on France’s M6, but haven’t announced their launch plans for it yet.

Aimed at six to 10s, Presto! revolves around a group of kids training to become magicians. TeamTO (Mighty Mike), La Compagnie Cinématographique, Panache Productions, Thuristar and VRT-Ketnet are co-producing the 2D-animated series, which is based on STUDIOCANAL’s feature film The House of Magic.

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