ABC Nabs More DECODE Downunder

Australian broadcaster ABC has snatched up second seasons of five animated series from children’s and family entertainment specialist DECODE Ent. The order includes further episodes of pre-school shows Franny’s Feet (26×22) and The Save-Ums! (13×22), in addition to new installments of the action/adventure series King (26×22), the animated teen comedy GirlStuff BoyStuff (13×30) and Olliver’s Adventures (26×22).

Franny’s Feet, which has the title character walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes for each episode, recently won a Pulcinella Award for the Best TV Series for Infants at the 2004 edition of Cartoons on the Bay in Italy. Other broadcasters to pick it up include Five in the U.K., The Family Channel in Canada, POGO in Asia, TENA (Turner Entertainment Network Asia) in India and ATV in Hong Kong. Korea’s C4U Ent. has also picked up television and home video rights.

The 3D-animated The Save-Ums! is produced by DECODE Ent. Inc. and is commissioned by Discovery’s The Learning Channel and Discovery Kids in the U.S. and by the CBC in Canada. It can be seen around the world on the U.K.’s Five, Canal J in France and Super RTL in Germany.

The 2D-animated King follows the adventures of Russell, a boy whose world is turned upside down as he discovers a portal under his bed which takes him to a kingdom where he is king. The co-production between DECODE and Funbag Prods. airs on France 5 and Teletoon in Frances, TVB Pay TV in Hong Kong and Radio-Canada.

GirlStuff BoyStuff is a reality-based animated series which airs on Noggin in the U.S., TeleQuebec and YTV in Canada and Cartoon Network Latin America. The DECODE, Agogo Ent. and Animage Films Ltd. co-production explores the way boys and the girls respond so differently to the same events.

Olliver’s Adventures, which airs on Teletoon in Canada, is produced by Collideascope Digital in Canada. The show centers on a hyper-kinetic kid with a big imagination and an overwhelming desire to save the world. Plagued by his older sisters, Olliver escapes to the privacy of his bedroom where he can dream up his own wild escapades.