Frederator acquires the rights to two popular preschool series -- ‘Cloud Bread’ and ‘Pom Pom & Friends’ -- from South Korea’s Gangwon Information & Multimedia Corporation.
In a move to expand its children’s animation portfolio and the scope of international programming on its roster, Frederator has acquired the rights to two popular series from South Korea’s Gangwon Information & Multimedia Corporation (GIMC). Cloud Bread and Pom Pom & Friends -- two preschool series with very distinct looks and styles -- will be filtered through the powerful network to reach a broader English speaking audience in the U.S.
The addition of preschool programming to the Frederator portfolio takes the network in a different direction, opening it up to a whole new audience.
Cloud Bread, a 2011 Korea Content Awards, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Prize in the Animation Character Category, tells the story of Hongbi and Hongshi, a brother and sister who fly off into adventure through the magic of Cloud Bread. Together with their family and friends, they spend their childhood using creativity and imagination to learn the important lessons of life. Animotion Works, Inc., the American co-production arm of Cloud Bread, was instrumental in bringing the Korean animation series to the attention of Frederator last year in New York.
Larry Huber, the creative head of the company, and his production guru Sylvia Edwards had worked several years on the Annie and Emmy-nominated series and wanted to introduce the show’s “cut-paper” stop motion look to western audiences. Cloud Bread is based on the award-winning Korean illustrated children’s book by Baek Hee-na and was inspired by her artwork as well as her storytelling.
Pom Pom & Friends, which was recognized and awarded 2010 MIPTV Contents 360 Cross Media Festival, helps children develop logical and creative thinking through a creative problem solving process. The story centers on Pom Pom who was only a stack of wood blocks until a child's love gave him life. In the whimsical world of Rainbow Hill, he follows his one great dream to be a hero. But Pom Pom is young and still learning how the world works. Preschool viewers will grow and discover the world along with him, as they explore the many ways children learn. This groundbreaking series will widen the horizons of children's programming.