ZDF to bring the BAFTA Award-winning stop-motion animated series to Europe and Asia; other distribution deals take the series to Singapore, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Croatia.
Jetpack Distribution has inked a distribution deal with ZDF for the acquisition of all three seasons of Coolabi Group’s BAFTA Award-winning stop-motion animated series Clangers for airing across Europe and Asia on ZDF’s service and on German free to air children's channel KIKA. It will also be available through their online platforms including FVOD channel ZDFtivi.
Clangers, which was acquired by Jetpack in October 2020 is currently airing on CBeebies in the UK. Co-produced by CBeebies, Coolabi Group, and Smallfilms, the all-new episodes have been animated by Factory (Scream Street, Newzoids) in the UK.
The series follows a family of lovable, pink, mouse-like creatures who live out in space on the Little Blue Planet. They are kind, welcoming, warm, and generous. They are inclusive and quirky, and often find themselves in funny situations. They communicate with distinctive whistles and a narrator assists the audience by commenting on their everyday events and adventures.
“I was delighted to bring this show into our library,” commented Jetpack CEO Dominic Gardiner. “The stop motion animation is very high quality, and it is a wonderful combination of entertainment and education. Preschoolers are pretty enthralled by the characters and the way they interact in their world. Parents are on board as the show is so focused on problem solving.”
“We want to thank our public service broadcast partners in Europe and Asia,” he added. “Finding the right homes for our shows is something we are so passionate about. And that’s exactly what we’ve done here.”
Other distribution deals announced for Clangers include:
- Singapore’s national public broadcaster Mediacorp has taken in the exclusive free TV rights for Season 2 and 3.
- Czech Republic’s public service broadcaster Ceska Televize has paid for the exclusive free TV rights for Season 3, following the success of Seasons 1 and 2.
- Slovenia’s nationwide public broadcaster RTVS has renewed the free TV rights for Seasons 1.
- Croatian channel HRT has bought the free TV and VOD rights for Seasons 1.