New Zealand’s national broadcaster, TVNZ has ordered the first season of the new adventure comedy series Matt Hatter Chronicles for its free commercial channel TV2. The 26 x 30-minute HD CGI animation, which targets five to 10-year-olds, will premiere in 2013 as part of TV2’s Spring line-up on 2Kids weekend programming block. The show was also recently acquired by Australia’s Network Ten for its digital free-to-air channel, ELEVEN.
Produced by leading UK indie Platinum Films and Toronto-based Dream Mill Inc. and animated by Arc Productions (Gnomeo & Juliet), Matt Hatter Chronicles follows the epic adventures of budding schoolboy hero Matt Hatter and combines CG animation, 3D digital content, classic storytelling and the ultimate gadgetry to appeal to tech-savvy kids.
Matt Hatter Chronicles airs on Nicktoons and ITV in the U.K .where it is outperforming the ITV simulcast slot average for the year by 35% for all viewers and 60% for boys watching the show. The series has also sold to Canada’s Teletoon, RTE Ireland, SABC South Africa and Al Jazeera’s Children’s Channel in the Middle East.
Nigel Stone, CEO at Platinum Films notes, “This latest deal highlights the ever-growing international appeal of Matt Hatter Chronicles and we are delighted to be partnering with TV2 in New Zealand. Matt Hatter Chronicles appeals to the hero in all of us and it is resonating with young fans around the world who are embracing the property’s TV and digital strengths.”