Heading into MIPCOM next month, Toronto’s Guru Studio will manage global distribution and licensing rights for the first and second seasons of Singapore-based Omens Studios’ preschool series 123 Number Squad!.
The CG-animated show (104 x 11 minutes) features three number-loving kids who become a rescue team whenever the citizens of 123 Numberville need help, focusing on the value of resilience, teamwork and friendship. It’s a spinoff of educational series Counting on Paula (300 x 11 minutes), which Singaporean broadcaster Mediacorp renewed for a fifth season in May 2021.
123 Number Squad! is executive produced by Sally Marchant (Kiva Can Do), with Sacha Goedegebure (Counting with Paula) showrunning and Debbie Macdonald (Peppa Pig) serving as head writer.
The first season will make its UK debut in early 2023 on the Sky Kids VOD platform and NOW streaming service. MBC in the Middle East also pre-bought the show last year to launch this summer on its SVOD (Shahid VIP) and AVOD (Shahid) platforms. Mediacorp commissioned the first season of 123 Number Squad!, and Sky is involved in the development of season two.
The series joins Guru’s MIPCOM slate, which also includes Scoops, a new educational comedy in development with TIME Studios, as well as preschool series Big Blue, Pikwik Pack and True and the Rainbow Kingdom.