m4e and Discovery Networks sign a new broadcast deal in Latin America for preschool series ‘Wissper’ beginning in 2016.
HÖHENKIRCHEN/MUNICH, GERMANY -- The brand new CGI-animated series Wissper is heading to TV screens in Latin American thanks to a deal that the German brand management and media company m4e AG and Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic (DLA/USH) just signed. The contract grants the broadcaster the exclusive Pay-TV and basic subscription TV-rights for the Latin American territories. Wissper will broadcast on Discovery Kids, DLA/USH’s 24-hour preschool network, in 2016.
“We are extremely happy about closing this deal with Discovery Networks and covering the important Latin American market, not only because we believe that Wissper will be more than well received there, but also because the broadcast will provide an important basis for developing a strong licensing program in Latin America as well”, commented Jo Daris, Head of Operations at m4e AG.
“Wissper is a series that fits perfectly with the production values and high quality standards Discovery Kids is known for in Latin America and instills in young children the importance of caring for animals and the love of nature,” adds Flavio Medeiros, Director of Program Sourcing and Acquisitions for Discovery Kids. “We are happy to have Wissper as part of our programming lineup.”
Aimed at preschool children, Wissper follows the adventures of a little girl by the same name who has a very special talent, she is able to communicate with animals, which allows her to understand their problems and help solve them. Wissper the “animal whisperer,” is a beloved character for young viewers all around the world.
The CGI-animated TV-series are created by London-based animation studio Absolutely Cuckoo, known for the BBC series Waybuloo, in coproduction with m4e AG, Telegael (Ireland), Discreet Art Productions (India), and the German BASTEI Media GmbH, a subsidiary of publisher Bastei Lübbe AG.
“Wissper was created with a universal theme, that children all over the world want to interact with and communicate with animals,” said Absolutely Cuckoo co-founder Dan Good. “Seeing our own daughter relate to animals inspired us to create Wissper, the animal whisperer. We hope the viewers of Discovery Kids Latam will enjoy the adventures of Wissper as much as we enjoyed dreaming them up.”
Episodes 1-26 will be available by end of 2015, episodes 27-52 by spring 2016. m4e manages worldwide distribution.
Source: m4e AG