Nickelodeon International has acquired pre-buy rights to animated comedy series “Best & Bester,” a new co-production between London-based studio Eye Present and Finnish studio Gigglebug Entertainment. The deal includes creative editorial input and broadcast commitment from Nickelodeon International, as well as YLE, The Finnish Broadcasting Company, and development funding from Creative Europe.
The 52 x 11-minute series focuses on Best & Bester, two best buddies obsessed with comparing the best things of all time while enjoying the power to transform themselves into anything they want, once a day.
“Best & Bester offer both the laughs and the smarts that we think will resonate with our audience,” said Layla Lewis, SVP Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships, Nickelodeon. “We’re excited to welcome them to the Nick family and bring this comedic duo to our international screens.”
“We love the positive message of this show which is, at its heart, a celebration of diverse opinions and identities. Kids today live in a world that is full of possibilities, when you have a curious mind,” said Teija Rantala, Head of Children’s Programs at YLE.
“This is great news, the Nickelodeon greenlight for the series now leads us to explore gaming and experiential content which is built into the core of the IP,” said Genevieve Dexter, CEO of Eye Present.
Creators Joonas Utti and Anttu Harlin are thrilled to have their latest creation signed with a global kids brand, following their credits on 101 Dalmatian Street and Gigglebug.
“We want to spread joy through animation. To make seriously silly stuff, with a purpose,” said Harlin, executive producer and co-founder of Gigglebug Entertainment.