Brit broadcaster Sky Kids has pre-bought two seasons of 123 Number Squad! from Singapore’s Omens Studios for its Sky Kids VOD platform and NOW streaming service.
The 52 x 11-minute CG toon targets preschoolers, with a first season in production now and scheduled to launch in February 2023. It features three number-loving kids who become a rescue team whenever the citizens of Numberville need help. The concept is a spinoff from numeracy education series Counting with Paula (300 x 11 minutes), which was renewed for a fifth season in May 2021 by Mediacorp.
The Singaporean broadcaster also commissioned season one of 123 Number Squad!, and Sky is involved in developing season two. MBC in the Middle East pre-bought the series last year as well to launch on its SVOD (Shahid VIP) and AVOD (Shahid) platforms.
Last year, Omens Studios brought in veteran TV writer Adam Redfern (Nickelodeon’s Paddington) to consult on the show’s development. Sally Marchant (Kiva Can Do) is on board as executive producer, with Sacha Goedegebure (Counting with Paula) showrunning and Debbie Macdonald (Peppa Pig) serving as head writer.
This Sky Kids pre-buy is a big step forward in Omens’ UK expansion plan, which it kicked off two years ago with the launch of a London-based studio. 123 Number Squad! will be the first preschool series to come out of the company’s newest location.