Cartoon Network takes Wishfart wide

FROM Kidscreen Daily -- Dec.4, 2017 --

Cartoon Network has picked up new animated comedy Wishfart for the UK, Africa and Israel from Canadian distributor and producer Bejuba! Entertainment. Discovery Italy, meanwhile, has also acquired rights to the 20 x half-hour series.

Created by Dan WilliamsLienne Sawatsky and John Hazlett, Wishfart follows a teen leprechaun named Dez who is new to granting wishes. The series is commissioned by Teletoon Canada with Bejuba! handling global distribution rights.

CITV also recently picked up free-TV rights to the toon, becoming the first broadcaster beyond Teletoon to acquire the series.

Wishfart was recently featured in Kidscreen‘s roundup of Cool New Showscoming through the production pipeline.

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Bejuba! grants CN Wishfart

FROM C21 -- Dec.4, 2017 --

Cartoon Network has picked up animated comedy Wishfart from Canada’s Bejuba! Entertainment for multiple territories, including the UK.

The international children’s net will air the 40×11′ series in the UK, Africa and Israel following the deal with Bejuba.

Created by Dan Williams, Lienne Sawatsky and John Hazlett, Wishfart follows the escapades of a teenage leprechaun with rookie wish-granting powers and his friends, a female ghost and a puffin. It is aimed at six- to 12-year-olds.

Discovery Italy has also picked up the series, which is produced by Wishfart Productions for Corus Entertainment’s Teletoon in Canada. It has previously been acquired by CiTV in the UK.

Source: http://www.c21media.net/bejuba-grants-cn-wishfart/

Bejuba! Announces a Number of Deals and New Shows

Ottawa, Ontario, Oct. 9, 2017 -- Days ahead of Mipcom, Bejuba! Entertainment announces a raft of deals and new pickups. 

Pre-school series “Origanimals” been sold to Gloob Brazil, Bein Jr in the Middle East, RTP Portugal, ZainaMan Kuwait and LTV in Taiwan.  

 “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave” the series commissioned by CBEEBIES and Sprout has sold to ZooMoo Latin America, SVT in Sweden, TVO, BBCWW and UYoung China.

“Big Block SingSong 3” a CBC Canada commission created by Goddard/Brown Productions has sold to Disney US, Australia, Japan, and ABC Australia. 

 “Olly the Little White Van”, the 5-minute pre-school series which airs on Milkshake in the UK, has recently seen deals closed with UYoung in China, ATV in Turkey, and Spacetoons in Dubai.

“Wishfart” the 6+ comedy is closing more deals ahead of MIPCOM so watch this space.

Heading into MIPCOM, Bejuba! has picked up the 20 x 15 minute factual entertainment series, “Where in the World?” by Evans Woolfe Media.  The series hops into the lives of 8 different children around the world.  Commissioned by CBEEBIES,  it reveals that although children live in different countries, speak different languages and have different customs, the discoveries, thrills and challenges of childhood are universal. 

BEJUBA! NABS ANIMA ESTUDIOS, SLR PRODUCTIONS, & TELEGAEL'S  “TEENAGE FAIRYTALE DROPOUTS” / "AWESOME MAGICAL TALES"

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Monday 16 October 2017…. 

Anima Estudios, SLR Productions, Home Plate Entertainment together with Telegael are pleased to announce Bejuba! Entertainment has taken over the international distribution of the animated comedy series, “Teenage Fairytale Dropouts”.

As part of the new distribution deal for the series, the 52 x 11 minute series has been renamed “Awesome Magical Tales”.

The HD flash animation series tells the story of Jeremiah, Fury and Trafalgar, three best friends and second generation fairytale characters who are determined to be themselves  – no matter what their well-known fairytale parents think about it.  

“We can’t wait to begin working with Bejuba! on the distribution of “Awesome Magical Tales”.  It is a fantastic and age-appropriate animated comedy series that has been incredibly popular on the broadcast channels it has aired to date.  We trust with Bejuba! on board for distribution and the series’ new name that it will be popping up on more television screens across the world,” said Anima Estudios’ VP International Sales and Co-Productions’ Gaston Cami.  

“We are excited to be working with Bejuba! Entertainment on the distribution of “Awesome Magical Tales” and we look forward to growing the audience further with Tatiana and her team.  “We’re also delighted to announce the recent renewal of the series on ABC Me and are thrilled to know that Aussie kids can continue enjoying the adventures of Jeremiah, Fury and Trafalgar’ said Executive Producer and CEO of SLR Productions, Suzanne Ryan.    

“We’re delighted to add this series into the Bejuba! catalogue.  As well as being funny, it offers a unique perspective into the lives of the offspring of famous fairytale characters.  Not to be defined by their parents’ reputations, these kids are forging their way through and making their own mark,” said Bejuba! Entertainment’s President Tatiana Kober.  

Jeremiah may be the son of The Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk but that doesn’t mean he’s going to follow in his father’s enormous footsteps, stomping villages and eating people.  Besides, he still has some growing up to do, literally.  Jeremiah may be a tween but he’s still waiting for his “giant” growth spurt.  And Fury may be the daughter of the Tooth Fairy but dental remuneration is not in her future — “way too creepy”.  Plus, there’s the embarrassing fact that her fairy wings haven’t…ah… sprouted yet.  Then there’s Trafalgar, one of Merlin’s many nephews, who actually has potential — if he just didn’t lack so much focus in his hocus-pocus.  

Together this trio is out to prove that even in the wacky, up-side-down, unexpected world of Fairytale Estates - you can be your own giant, fairy or wizard - as long as you have your friends along for the “souped-up” pumpkin carriage ride of your life.

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About Anima Estudios

Anima Estudios is Latin America’s leading animation studio. Since it was founded in 2002, it has produced several feature-length movies including “Top Cat”, “Here Comes the Grump” and “Wicked Flying Monkeys”, breaking box office records along the way. It has also released highly successful series such as “El Chavo”, and “El Chapulín Colorado”.  It is the first studio in Latin America to produce an original series for Netflix. 

SLR PRODUCTIONS

SLR Productions is one of Australia’s leading Emmy and multi award winning children’s entertainment companies, specialising in the creation, development and production of world-class media content.  SLR Productions is the media company behind brands such as Guess How Much I Love You; The Skinner Boys – Guardians of the Lost Secrets: Lexi & Lottie: Trusty Twin Detectives, Captain Flinn and The Pirate Dinosaurs, Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures, and I Got a Rocket. SLR’s passion is to make creative, adventurous, imaginative and exciting programmes for audiences worldwide.  Established in 2002 by Founder & CEO, Suzanne Ryan, SLR Productions has produced more than 160 hours of content sold in more than 150 countries throughout the world. With its highly experienced development and production divisions, SLR partners with major broadcasters, producers, distributors, publishers and creative both locally and internationally to create hit shows with a truly global reach.   www.slrproductions.com 

 

 

 

 

CITV's Wish is granted - Wishfart

Sept. 14/17 (Ottawa) -- CITV UK have just acquired the UK free television rights for the kids 6-12 comedy animated series, W ishfart . Created by John Hazlett, Lienne Sawatsky and Dan Williams, the 20 x half hour/40 x 11 minute Wishfart iscommissioned by Corus Entertainment in Canada and premieres on their English animation network, TELETOON. Bejuba! Entertainment is the global distributor across all rights and will be taking the series to MIPCOM and MIPCOM JR.

Wishfart follows Dez, a teen leprechaun with rookie wish-granting powers who goes on wild escapades with his friends, a ghost girl named Akiko and a puffin called Puffin as they wrestle with wishes gone fantastically out of control.

Darren Nartey, ITV’s Programme Acquisitions Executive: “We are thrilled that CITV will be the home of Wishfart in the UK. The tone of this visually outstanding animation combined with great comedy will resonate with British Kids. The show will air Tuesdays at 5pm.”

“ITV is the first broadcaster outside Teletoon to acquire the series and we’re delighted with their passion for the series”, says Tatiana Kober of Bejuba! “The comedy and the camaraderie of the characters are real and even when things get a little crazy, they’re there for each other, and the laughs. We’re excited to take it to MIPCOM.”

Emilie Pasquet to Head Sales at Bejuba!

Toronto, Ontario- September 8, 2016:  Bejuba! Entertainment has tapped industry veteran Emilie Pasquet as the new Director of Sales for the kids’ distribution and executive production company. Emilie will be based in France and marks Bejuba!’s expansion into Europe.   Emilie comes from Spanish kidsco BRB Internacional where she has been the International Sales Manager looking after sales including some merchandising and licensing for multiple territories around the world.  Before that she worked for MondoTV Spain (Mondo TV Ibéro America) as territory manager for Latin America.

 

Emilie’s role will see her heading sales internationally and will also see her growing the catalogue through acquisitions and co-productions.

 

Tatiana Kober will continue to head the company and oversee business development Together with Emilie, they will work on the co-productions and acquisitions side.  Emilie will be joining the company immediately and will be headed to Cartoon Forum as well as MIPCOM.

 

"SYDNEY SAILBOAT" TO SET SAIL ON HULU

Toronto, Ontario Aug 17, 2016 - “Sydney Sailboat” will begin streaming exclusively on Hulu beginning September 26th this year. The streaming service acquired the exclusive U.S. SVOD rights to the series in a new deal announced today by Tatiana Kober of Bejuba! Entertainment.

 

Pre-school series “Sydney Sailboat”  (26 x half hours/52 x11 minutes) airs on NBCU’s Sprout in the US and was commissioned by ABC KIDS in Australia.  It is produced by Essential Media and Entertainment, Ideate Media, Telegael, and Lemon Sky in association with Shambles Communications. Sydney is a plucky young sailboat who dreams of one day heading out to explore the mysterious Big Blue Sea. Together with his best friend Zip, the trainee water taxi, they live in Bubble Bath Bay, a bustling harbour full of fellow watercraft where adventure and excitement are just a gust of wind away!

“Right away, Hulu was excited by “Sydney Sailboat” and we’re delighted they were keen to take it exclusively”, says Tatiana. 

Carmel Travers, Producer and Head of Family Entertainment at Essential Media says “Sydney Sailboat is making a splash in Australia and throughout the world.  We’re thrilled Hulu jumped on board for US streaming.  The show is a ratings hit on the ABC KIDS linear platform and an additional 1 million plus views on ABC KIDS catch-up service iview this year alone.  It’s now screening in the UK and fifty other territories on the Sony Tiny Pop platform”.

Raydar Media UK represent License and Merchandise worldwide.

 

HULU SNAPS UP "RUFF-RUFF, TWEET AND DAVE" EXCLUSIVELY FOR US

Toronto, Ontario May 23, 2016 - The exclusive US SVOD rights for S1 of “Ruff-Ruff,

Tweet and Dave” have been scooped up by Hulu, announces Tatiana Kober of Bejuba!

Entertainment.

The first season (26 x half hours/52 x11 minutes) of “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave”, a preschool

series produced by Collingwood and Co, Sparky Entertainment and Bejuba! was

commissioned by Sprout in the US and CBEEBIES in the UK. The series focuses on

Ruff-Ruff a dog, Tweet a chick, and Dave a Panda, as they go on adventures with their

guide Hatty the Hamster. The series has sold very well internationally and rated very

highly on Sprout in the US. The show is in production of its second series to be

delivered early next year.

“Hulu was the right platform for “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave, and we’re excited by the

enthusiasm the team at Hulu have shown for the property” says Tatiana.

For more Information contact:

Tatiana Kober

310 428 7192

tatiana@bejuba.com

KAREN FOWLER SIGNS UP FOR "FLORA OF THE FOREST"

(VARIETY FAIR EXCLUSIVE)

Emilio Mayorga

ttp://variety.com/2016/tv/news/karen-fowler-flora-of-the-forest-exclusive-1201771629/

COURTESY OF KAREN FOWLER

MAY 11, 2016 | 11:11AM PT

Fowler joins the ‘Forest’ production-studio team of Koko Rose Media, Bejuba! and King Rollo Films.

BARCELONA– Emmy winning producer Karen Fowler has been tapped as the showrunner on children’s TV skein “Flora of the Forest,” (aka “Deer Little Forest”) the pre-school property of Koko Rose Media, Bejuba! and King Rollo Films.

With PBS’ remake of “The Electric Company” show, producer Fowler nabbed three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children’s Series from 2010 to 2012, as well as a trio of Parent’s Choice Gold kudos, among many other awards and nominations.

Aiming to be structured as a 52 11-minute upper pre-school series, “Forest” follows Flora a singular seven-year-old powerhouse of a girl, an animal-loving, tree-hugging, universe-exploring adventurer. She lives with her research scientist Mom in an enchanted treehouse in the middle of an old forest surrounded by her furry friends.

“Flora speaks to me. She’s a fiercely free and funny seven-year old with a righteous life. She rolls like a hedgehog, howls like a wolf and considers the stars her friends. Flora is the party,” said Fowler, adding the design was “unlike anything I’ve seen before.”

Koko Rose is a joint venturebetween children’s media executive Lisa Hryniewicz and “Forest“ creator Jo Rose. A PR and Marketing consultant at Koko Media, Hryniewicz was manager and distribution head at TV Loonland and founder of Paris and Miami-based Salsa Distribution.

“Koko Rose is more of a brand management company than a production company and given the extent of ancillary activity in place before the show has even been on air licensing agents in 13 countries, apps, greeting cards, housewares, etc., that will be our main focus for the foreseeable future,” Hryniewicz pointed out.

Hryniewicz has worked with, among others, TeamTO, Cottonwood Media, Guru Studio, Rainbow, Zodiac Media, Marathon Media, and the Jim Henson Company.

Jo Rose is a prestigious designer working with paper cutting, illustration and photography. She was nominated for the prestigious Henries ‘Most Promising Artist/ Designer’ category in 2013.

Chris Parker and Sam Dransfield (“Peppa Pig,” “Timmy Time,” “Mike the Knight”) are penning  the “Forest” script.

Founded by veteran kids TV exec Tatiana Kober, the Toronto-based Bejuba!  –“Ruff-Ruff Tweet and Dave,” “Bug Bites”– handles TV series  international sales. U.K.’s King Rollo Films (“Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies,” “Poppy Cat”), a BAFTA and Emmy awarded shingle, completes the team.

A Bejuba! rep will present the new “Forest” bible at France’s Annecy Animation Festival, which runs June 13-18.

“An important trend that is particularly close to my heart, is the rethinking of gender roles. Most urgently for girls and girl role models, but also for boys and parents,” said Hryniewicz.

We hope our cast offers some unexpected and fresh characters in that sense, not just a very strong girl lead but also the secondary characters: a research scientist mom that Flora looks up to, Barley-Crumb the male Martha Stewart Character and Lockhart, the female slapstick comedy relief.”

In the same line, Fowler added: “Larger media movements like‘throw like a girl’ underscore the changing dialogue around what it is to be a girl. Rich expansive girl-driven properties are in demand.”

She added, “We’re seeing really funny girls, flawed girls, loud girls, girls who build, who conquer, who question, who nurture. And we need to continue to push this for girls and to bring the expansive opportunities for reflection for our young boys as well.”

Fowler is currently also working on Jim Henson & Industrial Brothers’ animated series  “Dot,” based on the book by Randi Zuckerberg, for Sprout and CBC. Fowler held staff positions at Nickelodeon, CBC and Sesame Workshop and worked independently for Sprout and Toca Boca. She is represented by Vanguarde Artists Management in Toronto.

 


     
Source: ​http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/karen-fowler-flora-of-the-forest-exclusive-1201771629/

BEJUBA! TAKES ON "TOOT THE TINY TUGBOAT"

 

By AWN Staff Editor | Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 1:00pm

Family distribution company Bejuba! Entertainment will be looking to place Milkshake’s preschool series, ‘Toot the Tiny Tugboat,’ across a variety of international territories and platforms.

Bejuba! Entertainment has announced that they will represent the international TV distribution rights for Toot the Tiny Tugboat. Specialists in children’s and family entertainment, Bejuba!, who also represents Lupus Films’ other pre-school property The Hive, will be looking to place Toot the Tiny Tugboat across a variety of international territories and platforms.

The eager and energetic Tugboat and his harbor friends have been delighting young fans on Channel 5’s Milkshake, where the series has been enjoying fantastic ratings since moving to the 9.00am slot last year. Since the beginning of 2015 the series has been seen by 4.2 million. The nautical show has a strong UK multi-platform presence and also airs on Cartoonito, S4C and Netflix, while Picture House cinemas have also shown episodes as part of their Toddler Time pre-school screenings.

“We’re delighted to add Toot to our growing family,” commented Tatiana Kober of Bejuba! “The series is very special and Lupus know how to make shows that connect with kids and families, like the The Hive, and The Snowman and The SnowdogToot the Tiny Tugboat has proven itself in the crowded UK market so we’re looking forward to continuing Toot’s journey from his safe harbor.”

Conjuring up a world of salty sea winds, melting ice-creams, flapping bunting and beaming sun, Toot the Tiny Tugboat transports its young viewers to a classic seaside holiday destination. Following the adventures of a busy Tugboat who plays with his ocean-going friends in the busy waters of the Harbour, Toot shows children that they are capable of big things, no matter how small they are.

ZOOMOO TAKES "ORIGANIMALS" AND "THE HIVE"

 

NEWS BRIEF: ZooMoo Networks has acquired animated series Origanimals and The Hive in a new deal with Bejuba! Entertainment.

Both series will be airing across all ZooMoo territories, with The Hive set to premiere in March followed by the world-premiere of Origanimals in April.

Paper comes to life in the unique, new animated series Origanimals. Set on the amazing Planet Origami, this series follows a fabulous rescue team made of Ryan Rhino, Fiona Fox, Zoe Zebra and Khye Koala, known as the Awesome Four or ‘A4’, as they set out to help animals in trouble, using their problem-solving skills and creative origami solutions.  

The Hive is a colourful animated series set in the world of Honeybee Hive, and the home of the Bee family. Buzzbee and Rubee, Pappa Bee and Mamma Bee, are just like any other family, except they are tiny, stripey and buzz around in the sky! The Hive is about everyday things that concern young children, but set in the busy world of bees there is always fun, adventure and lots of exciting things to see and do.

Karin Simoncini, Head of Programming for ZooMoo Networks says the acquisition deal is very exciting for the network as they look to expand their animation slate.

“ZooMoo is dedicated to bringing programming about animals and nature to preschool aged children around the world and both Origanimals and The Hive fit perfectly into our line-up. Bejuba! is a great partner as their offerings for young kids aligns well with this mission.”

Tatiana Kober, President of Bejuba! Entertainment says, “ZooMoo is an exciting new channel with a strong brand vision and strategy and is a perfect fit for Origanimals and The Hive. Both shows will be sure to make children smile, whether they’re in Asia, the US or Latin America”.  

ZooMoo Networks
ZooMoo Networks is a multi-media company that owns and operates the ZooMoo channel and ZooMoo App. The network offers programming and interactive content for children around the World.  ZooMoo is a collaboration between some of the World’s foremost wildlife filmmakers, early childhood educationalists and technology developers.  Its programming engages and entertains children with the wonders of animals, to stimulate and develop their innate emotional connection with the natural world.  

ZooMoo is available in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and the rest of Spanish speaking Latin America, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Maldives, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, and in more territories very soon.
Website: http://www.zoomoo.tv
ZooMoo App available now on the App Store and Google Play  
 

 

WORLDWIDE BUYERS TAKE "RUFF-RUFF, TWEET and DAVE" HOME

BEJUBA! Toronto, Canada –  “Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave” has been scooped up by Canal + -- Piwi, in France, TVO, TFO and Knowledge Network/BBCKids in Canada, YLE Finland, BBCWW in Latin America, and Asia, and Chellozone/Jim Jam in Netherlands, Benelux, Eastern Europe , Portugal and Scandinavia”, Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos, Executive Vice President of Bejuba! released.

The series was commissioned by Sprout and acquired by CBeebies, and is already in production of its 2nd season with Sprout delighted with it terrific ratings.

The series was created by Collingwood and Co, and is co-produced with Sprout and Sparky Animation and distributed by Bejuba! Entertainment.    

Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave has a cutting edge second screen app which Sprout released and which both Canal + and TFO have acquired and plan to use in French when they launch later this spring.  It will be available on iTunes and Google in the respective territories.

The series follows Ruff-Ruff, an enthusiastic puppy, Tweet, a curious chick, and Dave, a lovable panda, who, together with Hatty the Hamster go on adventures to different places and play games.  Lots of questions and answers abound with kids at home encouraged to join in and shout at the answers

For More Information Contact:
Tatiana Kober – tatiana@bejuba.com
310 428 7192 


Bejuba! Entertainment Inc.

Bejuba! Entertainment is a leading boutique executive production and distribution company which brings top quality children's and family entertainment to the global marketplace.  The catalogue is filled with over 600 half hours of award-winning content.  Bejuba! specializes in distribution, rights management, co-productions, financing (closing-gap financing) third-party acquisitions, licensing & merchandising.  The company maintains a growing catalogue of award-winning children’s and family-oriented animated and live-action programs.  Titles include Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave, The Hive, Origanimals, Big Block SingSong, Jar and Dwellers.  Bejuba! Entertainment has offices in Canada and the US. www.bejuba.com


Collingwood and Co.

Company principals are Tony Collingwood-Writer/Director, Helen Stroud-Producer/Head of Development, David Elden-Producer/Head of Production and Andrea Tran-Art/Animation Director.  

Collingwood and Co. has a prestigious international reputation as a creator and producer of award-winning, quality animated series and specials.  Their series ANIMAL STORIES, EDDY & THE BEAR and YOKO! JAKAMOKO! TOTO! have all won BAFTAs for Best Pre-School Animation, with THE SECRET SHOW, for 7-12yr olds, scooping two BAFTAs in the Best Animation and Interactive categories.

Other production credits include the multi-award winning film RARG, Emmy nominated Dr Seuss' DAISY-HEAD MAYZIE, GORDON THE GARDEN GNOME and HARRY & HIS BUCKET FULL OF DINOSAURS.  Most recent productions are Dr Seuss' THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT and their first CGI pre-school series RUFF-RUFF, TWEET AND DAVE.

www.collingwoodandco.co.uk/

American Public Television Inks Deal for Animated Science Series

'Bug Bites,' hosted by real-life entomologist Adam Lazarus and animated character Gilbert the Roach, will premiere in early 2016.

by: THR staff

American Public Television is banking on bugs.

The syndicator behind Rick Steves’ Europe and Doc Martin has inked a deal with Alegra Entertainment and Putnam Stern Enterprises for an animated science series, aptly titled Bug Bites. The show, hosted by real-life entomologist Adam Lazarus and animated character Gilbert the Roach, will bow in early 2016 with 26 half-hour episodes.

“The National Science Foundation ranks U.S. students at twenty-third in the world in science and thirty-first in math,” Lazarus said Thursday in a statement announcing the news, adding: “We created Bug Bites to make a difference in the way kids see these dynamic subjects — the subjects that lead to careers that can really change the world.” 

Bug Bites hails from Lazarus and Topher Putnam, who have been working with education experts from the outset. The series, which mixes live actors with animation, is explicitly designed to speak to what the producers call a science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM) crisis in American education. In addition to science, the show will explore themes of teamwork, nutrition and conservation.

“The confusion over how to catch our kids up on STEM is at a crisis level right now,” added Jeff Stern, CEO of Alegra Entertainment and Putnam Stern Enterprises. “Bug Bites speaks to that issue and hopes to offer a solution in closing the gap in our children’s learning.” 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/american-public-television-inks-deal-845631

Sprout Acquires Exclusive US Rights to Preschool Series Sydney Sailboat

September 24, 2015 – Toronto: Bejuba! Entertainment announced today that CGI preschool series SYDNEY SAILBOAT has sold to Sprout, the first 24-hour network for preschoolers in the US. 

Sydney Sailboat (26 x half hour/52 x 11 min) tells the story of Sydney Sailboat and his best friend Zip, the trainee water taxi. Sydney is a plucky young sailboat who dreams of one day sailing out through The Heads to explore the mysterious Big Blue Sea beyond the Harbor. Zip is a nimble junior water taxi who dreams of becoming the best water taxi around. Together they learn to ride the waves of life alongside their fleet of friends in bustling Bubble Bath Bay while navigating new and unexpected challenges and learning important lessons about teamwork, friendship, cooperation, and problem solving. The series will premiere on Sprout on Saturday, September 26th, with brand new episodes airing Saturdays at 11:30am ET. Sydney Sailboat will also air Monday-Friday at 10:40am ET and Sundays at 11:30am ET, with additional plays every day at 5:00am ET.

"We’re delighted that the first broadcaster to acquire the series is US’s Sprout", said Tatiana Kober, President of Bejuba!. “It speaks volumes to the series that the show, which only just launched, is finding new ports. Sydney and Zip really are like little kids finding their way and I know young audiences will see themselves in our heroes”.

“Sprout is excited to introduce Sydney Sailboat to US audiences,” said Andrew Beecham, Senior Vice President of Programming at Sprout. “This vibrant, fun-filled series will captivate kids with its celebration of adventure and friendship.” 

Sydney Sailboat is produced by Essential Media, Ideate Media, Telegael, and Lemon Sky in Association with Shambles Communications. The show marked its successful debut on ABC for Kids in Australia earlier this year.

 

About Bejuba! Entertainment Inc.
Bejuba! Entertainment is a leading boutique executive production and distribution company which brings top quality children's and family entertainment to the global marketplace. The catalogue is filled with over 500 half hours of award-winning content. Bejuba! specializes in distribution, rights management, co-productions, closing-gap financing, third-party acquisitions, licensing & merchandising. The company maintains a growing catalogue of award-winning children’s and family-oriented animated and live-action programs. Titles include Bubble Bath Bay, Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave, Stella and

Disney Junior Commissions Second Series of The Hive

Disney UK, Disney France and Disney EMEA(Germany, France, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Central/Eastern Europe, Poland, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa)  have commissioned a second, 26 x half hour/69x7’ series plus 4 x half hour specials series of the popular, animated pre-school series The Hive. Created by London-based production company Lupus Films, Monumental Productions and DQ Entertainment, it is produced in Association with Bejuba! Entertainment, who handles TV and home entertainment rights with Space Enterprises handling the M & L.  The new series is currently in production and has just launched on Disney Jr in the UK and will roll out in other territories in 2016.. It will also include three specially-written autumn, winter and summer themed half-hour episodes written by BAFTA award winning head writer Bridget Hurst.

Set in the delightful community of Honey Farm, The Hive follows the adventures of a host of adorable characters including inquisitive Buzzbee, bossy Rubee, giggly Babee, loyal Barnabee, busy Postman Spider, stoic Worm and the birds Fluff and Feathers.  

In this second series the world of Honey Farm will be extended to introduce some new locations including the Buzz Stop, a great place to hang out with friends, a mobile muffin van, from which Mamma Bee sells her cakes, and a new community centre, where the gang gathers to try out new activities. 

In addition some exciting new characters will join the cast including teaching assistant Miss Butterfly, sports teacher Mr Grasshopper, café proprietor Barry the Beetle and a mischievous new pet for Jasper, Midge.

“We are bee-yond excited that Buzzbee and his friends will be buzzing back for a new series of adventures on Honey Farm,” says Ruth Fielding, joint MD Lupus Films.  “The series has flown to success all around the world and we delighted to be able to satisfy demand for the show with so many exciting and refreshing new episodes”.

“The international demand coupled with Disney’s desire for a second season of this very popular and loved show showed us that we had to make more episodes.  We’re delighted to be bringing new episodes to MIPCOM JR

Buzz Bumble starts its World Tour

January 28, 2015–Toronto: Bejuba! Entertainment announced that POP UK, Zoom Israel, and TVNZ New Zealand has acquired the television rights for Buzz Bumble, the 6-­‐12 animated comedy series.  The series produced by Blue Rocket Productions in Tasmania and Criya VFX Studios in India, was commissioned by Nine Network Australia.  It follows Buzz Bumble and his blowfly buddy Joe Blow, and their backstage antics in their cardboard theatre. 

Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos, VP Distribution at Bejuba! Entertainment added:  “We are so pleased that the series is taking off around the world, and are delighted that POP is the first European broadcaster acquiring Buzz Bumble. The comedy and the unique animation make it a very different series that will attract many other broadcasters”. 

Francesca Newington, Head of Children's Channels at Sony Network's CSC Media Group, added:  “We are delighted to have licensed Buzz Bumble. It is the perfect addition to the POP line-­‐up and it brings with it the silliest slapstick comedy we know our viewers love to watch.”  

David Gurney, Blue Rocket’s Executive Producer and creator of Buzz Bumble, said “The mad humour of this show has really hit the spot with kids in Australia and it’s great news that the show is going to be seen on POP UK, Zoom Israel and TVNZ. We’re thrilled about these deals Bejuba has put together and we know our partners at Criya VFX Studios are as well.” 

 

About Bejuba! Entertainment Inc. Bejuba! Entertainment is a leading boutique executive production and distribution company which brings top quality children's and family entertainment to the global marketplace. The catalogue is filled with over 500 half hours of award-­‐ winning content. Bejuba! specializes in distribution, rights management, co-­‐productions, closing-­‐gap financing, third-­‐party acquisitions, licensing & merchandising. The company maintains a growing catalogue of award-­‐winning children’s and family-­‐oriented animated and live-­‐action programs. Titles include Stella and Sam, The Hive, Big Block SingSong, Buzz Bumble, and Fuzzy Tales. Bejuba! Entertainment has offices in Canada and the US. www.bejuba.com

Origanimals to the Rescue!

Bubble Bath Bay launches with international partners and top creative team

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ORIGANIMALS to the Rescue

Oct. 2, 2013 - Toronto - Bejuba! has just signed on to distribute the pre-school series, ORIGANIMALS. Aimed at 4 to 6 year olds, the series is created by Malaysia's Giggle Garage. Malaysia's Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is also providing support funding and marketing support for the program.

The series consisting of 26 x half hours, or 52 x 11minutes has begun delivering episodes and is expected to be fully delivered by June 2015. Origanimals will premiere at the 2013 MIPCOM Junior screenings in Cannes, France.

Kamil Othman, Vice President of Creative Multimedia Division in MDeC said “We are excited that Bejuba! has added Origanimals to its children's programming, which we hope will open doors for more local creative companies such as Giggle Garage to gain international exposure and further strengthen Malaysia's position as a world-class creative industry hub.

Planet Origami is home for the Origanimals, a colorful community of origami animals. The series follows the adventures of four loveable young Origanimals - a wildlife rescue team known as the Awesome Four or A4 for short. Their mission is to help troubled Origanimals around the planet by using their problem-solving skills and their creative input.

In 2012, Origanimals won the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (Seoul Promotion Plan) Best Planning Award in Seoul and also the 14th Tokyo Broadcasting System Digital Content Animation & Movie (TBS/Digicon6) Golden Award for Malaysia region in Kuala Lumpur.

"The artwork is very unique and distinctive. The stories are engaging with a lot of heart," explains Tatiana Kober, President of Bejuba! We've been following the progress in the project's development since the beginning and we believe the series has grown from strength to strength.

Juhaidah Joemin, Managing Director of Giggle Garage and Executive Producer of the series added that While filled with fun adventures and captivating stories, Origanimals promotes arts and creativity, bringing back the simple pleasure of creating something out of paper.

With Bejuba! having wide networks focusing on top-quality animation programs, we are looking forward to establishing a long term relationship with them. It is really an exciting moment for us to be able to share this beautiful property with young children and family through this relationship, said Zeno Gabing, Executive Director of Giggle Garage.