Nelvana Harbors Horrid Henry

Canada’s Nelvana Ent. has signed on to distribute Horrid Henry, a new animated series from Novel Ent., the independent producer behind the hit CBBC pre-school shows Fimbles and The Roly Mo Show. The international sales and distribution deal will see Nelvana repping the property around the world, with the exception of the U.K. and German-speaking territories.

Horrid Henry centers on a headstrong boy who is constantly raging against the tyranny of adults and infuriating girls like Moody Margaret next door. The show is based on the popular books by author Francesca Simon and illustrator Tony Ross, which have sold more than 8 million copies in the U.K. alone. Published by Orion Children’s Books, the tomes have been translated into 21 languages and are available in more than 25 countries worldwide.

The 52×11 2D-animated television series debuted in the U.K. on Oct. 31 and currently airs on ITV 1 and CiTV in the U.K. and RTE in Eire. It is set to debut on ZDF in Germany later this year and will feature heavily in Nelvana’s international marketing portfolio at MIPTV in April. At Nelvana, the property joins a library of more than 3,000 half-hours of content, including such favorites as Babar and Franklin.