Aardman Animations Partners with Egmont

Wallace & Gromit have a new publishing partner. The Bristol-based stop-motion animation studio has teamed up with the number one publisher of children’s books in the UK to produce literature for Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit. Egmont Publishing has just received rights that cover a tie-in with Aardman’s famed Wallace and Gromit as well as their upcoming BBC show Shaun the Sheep.

The deal with Egmont will launch a plethora of titles to be released in 2007 with many more scheduled for 2008 and 2009. Shaun the Sheep follows the adventures of Shaun as he leads his flock into all sorts of sticky situations, and unbeknownst to the Farmer, they have fun running rings around sheepdog Bitzer. The series is primarily aimed for a child audience aged 4-8 years old and will debut in the U.K. on CBBC in 2007.

‘These are truly wonderful properties that fit perfectly with our portfolio of classic characters,’ raves Egmont Publishing director Davdi Riley Look out for some fantastic books!’ raves Egmont Publishing director David Riley.

Among Aardman’s other recent projects is a new U.S. version of the series Creature Comforts, which is set to bow on CBS in the first quarter of 2007. Also on tap is Decode co-productions Planet Sketch and Chop Socky Chooks for Cartoon Network and Teletoon. The studio that boasts creative talent Nick Park is no stranger to partnering as they also have a five-picture deal with DreamWorks. Egmont is the leading publisher in the children’s character sector and prides itself on delivering quality, environmentally friendly books.