Classic Media announced that it has inked a range of new deals across the Asia-Pacific region, placing over 1,200 hours of programming with Free & Pay TV and Home Entertainment partners, as well as increasing the catalogue’s presence on IPTV platforms.
Press release from Classic Media:
LONDON, UK — Classic Media, a global media company with a portfolio of some of the world’s leading family entertainment brands, announced that it has inked a range of new deals across the Asia-Pacific region, placing over 1,200 hours of programming with Free & Pay TV and Home Entertainment partners, as well as increasing the catalogue’s presence on IPTV platforms. Deals span across Classic Media’s key titles, including Postman Pat®, Guess with Jess®, George of the Jungle®, Finley The Fire Engine®, He-Man® and Casper the Friendly Ghost®.
Special Delivery! Everyone’s favourite postie, Postman Pat continues to deliver to fans with a new Free TV deal in South Korea (EBS), and IPTV deals in Australia (Yahoo 7) and China (Qiyi/Lekan). Meanwhile, Pat’s trusty side-kick Jess the Cat has had a range of deals signed for Guess with Jess, including New Zealand (TVNZ), South Korea (C4U Media), Thailand (Rose Media) and China (Lekan). Recent deals for another Classic Media preschool brand, Finley the Fire Engine include China (Lekan), and Free TV and Home Entertainment rights in Thailand (TIGA).
Watch Out for That Tree! New deals will have George of the Jungle swinging into India (Sun TV) and Thailand (True Visions), while Casper the Friendly Ghost scares up some fun in Australia (Jigsaw has picked up Casper and Friends, Casper: A Spirited Beginning and Casper’s Haunted Christmas), Thailand (TIGA has secured Casper and Friends), Malaysia (Natseven TV, Casper’s Haunted Christmas and Casper: A Spirited Beginning, and NTV7 has picked up the feature film Casper’s Scare School and Casper’s Scare School Series 1) and Taiwan (Migo).
By the Power of Grayskull! Internationally renowned cult hero series, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has been picked up by Yahoo 7 in Australia and by Qiyi in China for current fans and new generations to both enjoy.
“These new deals extend the reach of our most time-honoured and trusted brands to even more children and families around the world,” says Chloe van den Berg, EVP, International, Classic Media. “Whether they were fans of the originals or are watching for the first time, we’re thrilled to further extend our programming and to have had such a good year in this region.”
About Classic Media
Classic Media, one of the world’s largest independent entertainment companies, is a leader in reinventing the classics of yesterday and creating the entertainment classics of tomorrow. The Company owns and manages a globally-recognized portfolio of well-known family and pop-culture entertainment brands, including Casper the Friendly Ghost®, Where’s Waldo?®, Lassie®, The Lone Ranger®, and new brand Life With Boys™. Big Idea Entertainment, a member of the Classic Media family, is the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s programming, including the best-selling animated series, VeggieTales®. Classic Media programming is distributed in more than 170 territories worldwide and showcased in multiple formats, including TV, film, home video, consumer products, publishing, digital, and music. Visit us at www.classicmedia.tv
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.