Portfolio Entertainment, the global producer and distributor of kids, lifestyle and scripted content, is bringing the first quarter of the year to a close by announcing a lineup of sales that will see its diverse catalogue travel to broadcasters and VOD platforms around the world.
Animated hit The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That! (80 x 22’) continues to show its enduring popularity as seasons two and three were picked up by AB Groupe for France and Belgium, while Asiana Licensing Inc. acquired Korean home entertainment rights. Meanwhile, the Armed Forces Network will be broadcasting the series to families of U.S. military members situated in American military bases around the world. CTC, the home of The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That! in Russia, has expanded their relationship with the cat in the red and white striped hat by picking up the holiday special The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas! (1 x 60’). Brazil-based PlayKids has acquired SVOD rights for the entire catalogue of Cat in the Hat shorts (154 episodes of varying lengths) for Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
The Armed Forces Network is also taking the slapstick animated series Freaktown (26 x 22’) for kids 8-11 demo while Toon-A-Vision will be entertaining preschoolers in Canada with the exciting adventures of Doki season one (26 x 22’). Building on its strong partnership with Portfolio, AB Groupe has acquired the animated mysteries of Addison (50 x 11’) for kids in France and Belgium. UP TV in the U.S. has acquired Portfolio’s animated holiday special Something From Nothing (1 x 30’) and the classic live-action/puppet series that originally put Portfolio on the map, Groundling Marsh (65 x 22’).
“We’re thrilled to kick 2019 off with such a stellar lineup of sales,” said Donnie MacIntyre, Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “With the exciting new projects we currently have in production, as well as new acquisitions we can’t wait to announce, this is just the beginning of another successful year at Portfolio, entertaining audiences of all ages around the world with ground breaking material.”
Portfolio’s raft of deals also covered live-action and unscripted fare, 7 Wonder Entertainment’s acclaimed series Do You Know? (75 x 15’ total) has been picked up again by NOGA (S3, Israel), BBC Persian (S1, Middle East), Toon-A-Vision (S1-3, Canada linear TV), PlayKids (S1-3, Canada & U.S. SVOD) and AB Groupe (S1-3, France & Belgium). Family documentary For The Love of Dog (1 x 60’) is also joining UP TV’s lineup. CBS-owned national broadcaster DABL Networks has acquired linear
TV rights for all five seasons (plus 16 specials) of You Gotta Eat Here! (150 x 22’) in the U.S., while KSAT in San Antonio, Texas is bringing 60 episodes of the food and travel series to its local market. And Ignition TV in South Africa is taking home season 1 of Joe Media’s high-octane series, Car Stories (52 x 22’).