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Disney Junior Commissions Second Series of ‘The Hive’

Disney EMEA greenlights second season of popular animated preschool series ‘The Hive,’ produced by London-based Lupus Films, Monumental Productions and DQ Entertainment.

LONDON -- Disney EMEA (UK, Germany, France, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Central/Eastern Europe, Poland, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa) have commissioned a second, series of episodes plus three half hour specials of the popular, animated preschool series The Hive.

The series is produced by London-based production company Lupus Films, Monumental Productions and DQ Entertainment.  Bejuba! Entertainment, is handling TV and home entertainment sales and will be at MIP Junior, while Space Enterprises represents the global licensing and merchandising for the series.

The new series is currently in production and has just launched on Disney Junior in the U.K. and will roll out in other territories in 2016. It features three specially-written autumn, winter and summer themed half-hour episodes written by BAFTA award-winning head writer Bridget Hurst.

Set in the delightful community of Honey Farm, The Hive follows the adventures of a host of adorable characters including inquisitive Buzzbee, bossy Rubee, giggly Babee, loyal Barnabee, busy Postman Spider, stoic Worm and the birds Fluff and Feathers. 

In this second series, the world of Honey Farm will be extended to introduce some new locations including the Buzz Stop, a great place to hang out with friends, a mobile muffin van, from which Mamma Bee sells her cakes, and a new community center, where the gang gathers to try out new activities.

In addition, some exciting new characters will join the cast including teaching assistant Miss Butterfly, sports teacher Mr Grasshopper, café proprietor Barry the Beetle and a mischievous new pet for Jasper, Midge.

“We are bee-yond excited that Buzzbee and his friends will be buzzing back for a new series of adventures on Honey Farm,” says Ruth Fielding, producer for Lupus Films. “The series has flown to success all around the world and we’re delighted to be able to satisfy demand for the show with so many exciting and refreshing new episodes”.

“The international demand for this very popular and loved show highlighted to us that we had to make more episodes.  We’re delighted to be bringing new episodes to MIP JR.” said Bejuba! Enertainment president Tatiana Kober.

Produced by Lupus Films, Monumental Productions and DQ Entertainment, the first series of The Hive was broadcast in 2010 on Disney Junior and CiTV in the UK.  By summer 2012, the series had been sold to 150 territories across the globe including the U.S., Canada, Poland, Spain, South Africa and Australia.

Source: Bejuba! Enertainment

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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.