Press Release from Chorion
London/New York (20 January 2011) – Octonauts, the latest pre-school brand from leading family entertainment producer, distributor and licensor, Chorion, is proving to be a major hit with audiences in the UK.
Since launching on CBeebies in October 2010 in the premier 08:00 and 16.50 slots, the animated show has become a smash hit, attracting huge audiences and has quickly become a top-rated show for children aged 4-6 on the channel. The show has been such a success for CBeebies that a second series has been ordered and is currently in development.
The show has also taken UK pre-schoolers and their parents by storm, triggering unprecedented consumer demand. Within only a few months on air, there is a huge hunger among children and their parents for Octonauts merchandise, and with Fisher Price’s new toy range scheduled for August 2011 in the UK, parents have taken to creating their own products.
Forums across the country including the CBeebies website, You Tube and Facebook are filled with stories, blogs and pictures of parents creating their own Octonauts toys, games and cakes and other merchandise as well as uploads of kids enjoying the show.
Octonauts is now rolling out on broadcasters across the globe and Fisher Price, Chorion’s master toy partner, is launching its exciting new toy range in 2011. With an initial roll out in the UK in August, the line includes a range of figures, vehicles and playsets. Features include posable characters and colour change creatures, plus interactive GUP vehicles which propel in water or land, squirt water and chomp. The toy launch will be supported by a full season of heavyweight TV advertising, press and PR activity.
Publishers are already on board for complementary books including first to launch Simon and Schuster in Spring and Summer for the UK and Hachette Jeunesse for France
Bettina Koeckler, SVP Sales, EMEA at Chorion says: “We are thrilled by the response from children and parents to Octonauts. It has only been on air for a few months and already kids appear to have taken the show and its characters to heart. We are delighted that parents are already so supportive of the brand and anticipating the launch of the toys this year.”
Based on the richly imaginative books by award-winning design team, Meomi, the TV series combines elements of classic team adventure with dazzling CGI animation to transport preschoolers into a world they can’t ordinarily visit…the ocean. The show will arouse the curiosity and feed the imagination of preschoolers, answering questions in a journey of discovery through the world’s oceans.
Executively produced by Emmy® Award-winning writer Stephanie Simpson and Chorion’s SVP Creative Kurt Mueller, the brand new animated series includes 50 x 11’ plus 1 x 22’ special. The HD CGI animation was produced by Academy Award®-nominated Brown Bag Films who are also the producing studio on Chorion’s OLIVIA and Noddy in Toyland.
Chorion is a leading provider of quality family entertainment for the global marketplace. Chorion brings a combination of brand management savvy and creative vision to the development of literary copyrights across all media. Chorion’s portfolio includes classic children’s brands such as Mr. Men and Little Miss, Beatrix Potter, Paddington, Noddy, OLIVIA, and The World of Eric Carle as well as art and lifestyle brands. Chorion also owns and manages the literary works of Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler and Georges Simenon, among others. Chorion’s animated television productions include OLIVIA, The Mr. Men Show, Famous Five: On the Case and Noddy and Noddy in Toyland. New productions for 2010 include The Octonauts and Gaspard and Lisa. Chorion has offices in London, New York and Sydney. For more information, please visit www.chorion.co.uk