Britain’s pubcaster has acquired a package of new episodes and series from London-based Moonbug Entertainment for its iPlayer service.
Preschool shows Blippi Wonders (season one – 26 x three-minute episodes), Little Baby Bum (300 x two-minute episodes), Gecko’s Garage (season one – 26 x two-minute episodes) and Lellobee City Farm (50 x two-minute episodes) will soon be available for the first time on the BBC service, with Gecko’s Garage also launching on the CBeebies linear preschool channel. All series will premiere in September, with the exception of Lellobee City Farm, which will launch in 2023. iPlayer will also be getting 50 new episodes of the three and a half minute music-driven CoComelon and 40 episodes of Digley and Dazey, a two and a half minute preschool series featuring friendly construction equipment.
This marks the first public-service broadcast deal for Blippi Wonders in Europe. The CG-animated series premiered last fall and centers around the adventures of a curious young boy and his friends as they try to answer questions about life and nature. It will be available on iPlayer starting in September.
Today’s acquisition is the second significant Moonbug content buy for the BBC, which last year picked up five of the prodco’s original YouTube series, including CoComelon, Go Buster and Playtime with Twinkle.
Moonbug’s shows are also running on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Sky, Super RTL, HBO Max, Tencent, Youku, Roku and Cartoonito in the UK, which picked up CoComelon last year for its linear launch.
Moonbug’s YouTube channel currently has 7.4 million subscribers, and its portfolio includes 29 IPs available in 32 languages, according to the company.