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DHX Media’s ‘Teletubbies’ and ‘Twirlywoos’ Head Down Under

DHX Media signs broadcast deals for two of its flagship preschool properties with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to screen on ABC KIDS.

HALIFAX, CANADA -- DHX Media has signed broadcast deals for two of its flagship preschool properties, the new Teletubbies, and Twirlywoos, with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to screen on ABC KIDS.

“We are delighted to bring the brilliant new series of the ever-popular Teletubbies to Australian families in 2016, along with the imaginative world of Twirlywoos,” said Deirdre Brennan, Head of ABC Children’s Television. “ABC KIDS has enjoyed a long history working together with Ragdoll and DHX Media and we look forward to building the future success of these exciting new shows.” 

“Australia is a key market for us and one where our series perform very well, so we look forward to launching both Teletubbies and Twirlywoos with the ABC,” commented  Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution at DHX Media. “We know that young audiences and their families will be charmed by the silly, fun and original worlds of these characters.”

The timeless, unique and much loved Teletubbies are reimagined for a new generation with 60 brand new episodes for 2015, starring Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. With rewarding rituals, sound play, and physical comedy, new generation Teletubbies will build upon many familiar and beloved features of the original series, while offering some exciting and surprising new developments. With the Teletubby landscape replaced and replicated by a beautiful, detailed model that will be enhanced via CGI, there will be freedom to apply large doses of creative imagination to Teletubby stories. The wonderful new world of the Teletubbies will resonate with preschoolers, reflecting child development and learning in a stimulating and contemporaneous manner.

Teletubbies first launched in March 1997 and became one of the most successful global children’s brands of all time. It has reached more than one billion children to date and the original episodes have aired in more than 120 territories in 45 different languages. It was the very first western pre-school property to air on China’s CCTV reaching an audience of 300 million children. The series is currently in production and set to debut on the UK’s CBeebies later this year.

Preschool favorite Twirlywoos, produced by Ragdoll Productions, is innovative, nurturing, inspiring entertainment with laugh-out-loud humor encouraging young audiences to gain confidence in their perceptions of the world. Devised/executive produced by producer Anne Wood with lead creative/writer, Steve Roberts and research from early childhood development expert Professor Nutbrown, it engages children through characters and situations they will adore. 

Source: DHX Media Company

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.