The hit preschool series has been licensed to the following networks: TVE in Spain, for its Clan channel; BBC Worldwide for its international CBeebies channels in Africa, Asia and Poland; Hop! Media Group in Israel; Nickelodeon in Greece; NPO Zappelin in the Netherlands; MTVA in Hungary, for M2; JimJam in Benelux; SIC in Portugal; e-Junior in the Middle East; and Ultra in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Macedonia.
These deals add to six previously announced deals for the new Teletubbies series, with CBeebies (UK), Nick Jr (US), Family Jr. (Canada), Gulli (France), Rai YoYo (Italy) and ABC Kids (Australia).
Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution at DHX Media, said: “The new Teletubbies is a key pillar of DHX’s original content program and the global response from broadcasters has been tremendous, building on the perennial appetite for this iconic brand. The series has already scored high ratings on CBeebies in the UK, and with these new channels on board and our global consumer products program rolling out, 2016 is gearing up to be a fantastic year for our favorite colorful quartet.”
Featuring the voices of British acting talent including Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Rigby, Fearne Cotton and Antonia Thomas, the new series of Teletubbies follows the same well-loved characters and styling as the original but has been visually enhanced, bringing a refreshed and contemporary look and feel to one of the world’s best-loved pre-school properties. The new show also features a number of brand new elements including Touch Screen tummy TVs and a hi-tech Tubby Phone, which bring the Teletubbies and their home up to date for 21st century viewers.
Global phenomenon Teletubbies first launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children’s brands of all time. It has reached over 1 billion children to date and the original episodes have aired in over 120 territories in 45 different languages. It was the very first western pre-school property to air on China’s CCTV reaching an audience of 300 million children. Its resonance with children is further underscored by the brand’s enduring popularity on YouTube.