Canada’s 9 Story Entertainment has sold its animated preschool series Joe & Jack (39 x 7) to Germany’s ARD/SWR, which will broadcast the show on children’s pubcaster KiKA beginning May 12. Joe & Jack was also recently licensed to Ceska Televize in the Czech Republic; 9 Story acquired global distribution rights to the series a year ago as part of its acquisition of CCI’s Kids & Family library.
Produced by Ireland’s Dancing Girl Productions, Joe & Jack follows the imagination-fueled adventures of a 4-year-old boy named Joe and his best friend Jack — who happens to be a cat. The series launched in 2012 on Ireland’s RTE. It has since been sold to ABC (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), Tiny Pop (U.K.), Canal+ (France), RTP (Portugal), NPO’s Z@ppelin (Netherlands), YLE (Finland), EESTI (Estonia), RTVS (Slovenia), TeleQuebec (French Canada), Knowledge Network (Canada), HOP (Israel), Discovery Familia (Spanish speaking U.S.) and Disney Junior (Latin America).