Aardman Animations’ hit children’s series Shaun the Sheep has been picked up for broadcast by TELETOON in Canada, while Hit Ent. nabbed U.S. and Canada home video and licensing rights to the award-winning show. Since its launch at MIPCOM 2006, Shaun has inked television sales and licensing deals in more than 150 territories.
Commissioned by CBBC in the U.K., Shaun is a stop-motion children’s show that consists of 40 seven-minute episodes. The show is directed by Richard Goleszowski and centers on a young lamb introduced in Nick Park’s Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short A Close Shave. Last year, the series received such prestigious accolades as the Cristal Award for Best TV Production at the Annecy Animated Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award at the World Comedy Film Festival and the Age 5-10 Audience and Parent’s Choice Award at the New York International Film Festival.
TV rights for Shaun have been secured by RAI in Italy, RTE in Eire, RUV in Iceland, RTV in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fox TV in Serbia, Slovak TV in Slovakia, LRT in Lithuania, TV3 in Latvia, RTV in Slovenia, MBC 3 and Emirates Cable TV in the Middle East, RTP2 in Portugal and EBS Korea. Home video rights have been picked up in Korea by KBS Media, in Poland by Media Way and in Portugal by LNK. Elsewhere, video rights deals have been signed with Concorde in Germany, CNR/Tabtoo in the Netherlands and Grand Ent. in Croatia. In addition, merchandise and promotional rights have secured by Biplano Licensing for Spain and Portugal.