Disney EMEA — covering U.K., Germany, France, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Central/Eastern Europe, Poland, Middle East, Turkey and Africa — has commissioned a second season of popular animated preschool series The Hive, to comprise 69 x 7 episodes plus three half-hour specials.
The Hive is produced by London-based Lupus Films, Monumental Productions and DQ Entertainment. Bejuba! Ent. is handling TV and home entertainment sales and will be at MIP Junior, while Space Enterprises represents global L&M rights for the series.
Set in the community of Honey Farm, The Hive follows a family of bees and their other small creature pals. Season two will extend their world by adding new locations like local hangout the Buzz Stop, Mamma Bee’s mobile muffin van and a new community center. New episodes will also introduce new characters, including teaching assistant Miss Butterfly, sports teacher Mr. Grasshopper, cafe proprietor Barry the Beetle and mischievous pet Midge.
Season two, which also includes three seasonal half-hour specials written by BAFTA winner Bridget Hurst, is currently in production and has launched on Disney Junior in the U.K., and will roll out in other territories in 2016.