Sesame Workshop Hammers
Out International Deals
Following a successful MIPCOM showing,
nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop continues to
extend its programming to major broadcasters around the world.
Sesame Street will
return to Taiwan after an absence of more than a decade. YOYO Channel,
Eastern Televisions childrens channel, will begin a
three-year run of Sesame Workshop programming including a fall launch
of Emmy winners Sesame Street and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese
Sesame Workshop celebrates its 30th
anniversary in Mexico with the renewal of Plaza Sesamo, a
co-production with Televisa. The new season launches April 2003.
Elmos World will debut
on U.K.s Channel 5 this Dec. It will also show up on Italys
RAI beginning first quarter 2003.
In addition, Sesame Workshop announced
plans to team with Brazils Canal Futura to co-produce an
updated version of Vila Sésamo, the first Sesame
Street international co-production, which premiered in 1972.
The new series will introduce Muppet characters developed specifically
for Brazil and will air as a daily strip on Canal Futura in spring
2004. Canal Futura also licensed season two of Sesame Workshops
animated fantasy adventure Dragon Tales.