Canadian prodco Little Engine Moving Pictures has brought onboard Bejuba! Entertainment for global sales of Cutie Pugs, its new live-action preschool seriesand companion animated interactive games.
“I met with various distributors at Kidscreen Summit, and we had a strong connection with Tatiana (Kober) and Emilie (Pasquet). Bejuba! is a woman-owned, women-led company that came highly recommended by their clients,” says producer Maria Kennedy, owner of Little Engine. “We’re thrilled that they’re presenting Cutie Pugsat MIPTV in April.”
Created by writer/showrunner Ben Mazzotta (Now You Know, Canada Crew), Cutie Pugsfollows Dee Dee and her family of talking pug puppies: Penny, Petey, Poppy and little Pablo, as they embark on close-to-home and backyard adventures, where they explore and learn about simple linguistic relational concepts like high and low, above and underneath, and loud and quiet. Along with interactive games co-produced by Sticky Brain Studios, the TV series premiered on TVOKids in December 2018 and Knowledge TV in January 2019. Les Copains Carlins, the French series, will premiere on TFO in May 2019 and SRC Radio-Canada in June.
Little Engine is currently developing Cutie Pugsanimated shorts, and is moving forward with Starseeker, a new live-action intergalactic adventure series for 9 to 12year-old kids, in which Bejuba! will handle global pre-sales and sales. Little Engine has also optionedMixtape,a Gen X music-inspired graphic novel series about teen life set in 1990 by author and screenwriter Brad Abraham (Magicians Impossible, RoboCop: Prime Directives, Stonehenge Apocalypse).
Little Engine Moving Pictures is a creator-driven production company that specializes in the development, financing and production of original kids and family live-action CGI-blended series and companion content. 5 years in the kids’ media space, their library includesCanada Crew(26x7’, TVOKids),Cutie Pugs(26x7’), andNow You Know(78x7’) with partner Sinking Ship Entertainment, which airs on TVOKids and Knowledge in Canada, Starz in the US, JimJam - AMC Networks International in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and PlayKids in Latin America