European television distributor Granada International has picked up new animated shows from independent producers Honeycomb Animation in the U.K. and Timoon Animation in France. The deals give Granada worldwide distribution rights to Honeycomb’s Funky Town and Timoon’s Boowa Kwala (excluding French-speaking territories).
Funky Town is a spin-off of the animated pre-school series Funky Valley. Honeycomb is producing 40 five-minute installments of the series, which has been commissioned by Five in the U.K.
Boowa and Kwala is based on the popular web-based characters created by Up to Ten. The series of 52 five-minute episodes is in production for delivery by the end of the year.
Granada has also acquired broadcast rights to Initial Kids’ new live action series, Bel’s Boys, which has been commissioned by ITV. The company will introduce all three children’s properties in October at MIPCOM Jr. in Cannes, France.