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Shaun the Sheep Grazes Widely

Aardman Animations hit childrens brand SHAUN THE SHEEP continues to expand its international presence, securing a raft of new TV and licensing deals worldwide.

Since its launch at MIPCOM 06, SHAUN THE SHEEP has racked up television sales and licensing deals in over 150 territories and has won several prestigious accolades including the Cristal Award for Best TV Production at the Annecy Animated Film Festival 2007 and the Audience Choice Award at the World Comedy Film Festival 2007.

Aardman Internationals latest global deals include a broadcast deal with Teletoon Canada and a video and licensing deal in the U.S. and Canada with Hit Ent.

TV rights have been secured by RAI in Italy, RTE in Eire, RUV in Iceland, RTV in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fox TV in Serbia, Slovak TV in Slovakia, LRT in Lithuania, TV3 in Latvia, RTV in Slovenia, MBC 3 and Emirates Cable TV in the Middle East, RTP2 in Portugal and EBS Korea.

Video rights have also been picked up in Korea by KBS Media, in Poland by Media Way, and LNK in Portugal. Elsewhere video rights deals have been signed with Concorde in Germany, CNR/Tabtoo in the Netherlands and Grand Entertainment in Croatia. Merchandise and promotional rights have been secured by Biplano Licensing for Spain and Portugal.

The 40x7 stop-motion animated series commissioned by CBBC in the UK and directed by Richard Goleszowski features the star of the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short A CLOSE SHAVE.

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