Lupus Films and Walker Productions appoint Union Media as the worldwide distributor for animated television special based on the children’s book written by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and published by Walker Books.
LONDON – Animation company Lupus Films has partnered with Walker Productions to form Bear Hunt Films Ltd. in order to produce the animated special We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Union Media has been appointed as the worldwide distributor. Based on the hugely popular illustrated children’s book written by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and published by Walker Books, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will air on Channel 4 at Christmas 2016, followed by a cinema release in 2017.
The production will bring to life the engaging story and beautiful artwork of Walker’s 25-year-old bestseller. Lupus Films’ distinctive hand drawn animation style is set to enchant a whole new audience with its focus on perseverance, optimism and an appreciation of nature and the countryside. Union Media will be debuting We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and meeting broadcasters at Kidscreen in Miami February 8-11, 2016.
“We are very excited to be working with Union Media on We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” commented Ruth Fielding, producer. “Their proven track record in the family entertainment and animation sectors make them ideally placed to introduce this prestigious production to the international market.”
Helen McAleer, Executive Producer added, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is attracting the best partners in the industry. We’re very pleased Union Media is representing the production to bring it to a global audience.”
“The initial response from international broadcasters to this outstanding special has already been tremendously positive. I am delighted to be have the opportunity to represent such a finely crafted piece of work from such talented producers,” said Union Media’s Adam Selly.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was commissioned by Jay Hunt, Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer, and Piers Wenger, Channel 4 Head of Drama. Producers are Ruth Fielding and Camilla Deakin for Lupus Films and Bear Hunt Films while Helen McAleer and Julia Posen are Executive Producers for Walker Productions. Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw are co-directors.
Source: Lupus Films