Random House, FremantleMedia to Launch ‘Fish Head Steve,’ ‘Charlie Small’ Series


Random House and FremantleMedia have agreed to launch a pair of global kids entertainment brands.

The two shows — Fish Head Steve and The Amazing Adventures of Charlie Small — are based on original stories from Random House Children’s Books and were co-developed by Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment, which is a joint venture of Random House Children’s Books and Komixx Entertainment.

Both shows will be jointly produced and financed by RHCSE and FME, with FME taking on worldwide distribution, licensing and home entertainment rights. The initial focus for both properties will be for television broadcast, with scope to develop into additional areas including games and toys. Both properties will appeal to kids across a broad spectrum of demographics.

Fish Head Steve is based on the Jamie Smart comic strip originally published by David Fickling in the weekly children’s comic, the DFC. Fish Head Steve is a surreal comedy-soap about everyday events in Spumville where, in a flash, the heads of the townsfolk have been mysteriously swapped for household objects and family pets.

The popular series The Amazing Adventures of Charlie Small by Nick Ward features the turbulent and perilous adventures of an intrepid boy Charlie Small as he travels through time and space. A special Charlie Small adventure was published for World Book Day 2010, selling more than 115,000 copies. The Charlie Small series is published by RHCB.