DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored a hat-trick of deals for Adastra Creative's GRANDPA IN MY POCKET following hot on the heels of a second series commission from CBeebies in the U.K. Canada's TVO, Australia's ABC TV and Al Jazeera Children's Channel have all scooped up the live-action with visual effects kids' show.
DECODE holds TV, DVD and consumer products rights to the 52x12 series which is developed and produced by Adastra Creative, headed by Mellie Buse and Jan Page, and commissioned by CBeebies Controller Michael Carrington. Made with participation from Finance Wales, GRANDPA IN MY POCKET is CBeebies' first comedy drama commission and features James Bolam, Susan Jameson, Lisa Goddard, Rula Lenska and Meera Syal. Sarah Colclough is exec producer for the BBC and Angus Fletcher is exec producer for Adastra.
GRANDPA IN MY POCKET is directed by Richard Bradley, who directed the BAFTA award-winning live-action series THE HOOBS. The special effects are produced by Welsh independent company Dinamo Prods.
The series follows the adventures of an energetic Grandpa and his imaginative seven-year old Grandson, Jason Mason. When Grandpa dons a magic shrinking cap, he can fly out the window in Jason's toy airplane or shoot out the door in his little car, each time on his way to solve a problem and create mayhem along the way.
DECODE Enterprises is the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd. It handles program sales for third party producers and for DHX subsidiaries DECODE Ent., Halifax Film and Studio B, which are leading international producers of television programming and interactive content with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets. DHX Media Ltd. shares trade on both London's AIM exchange and the TSX in Toronto.