Entertainment One Family has secured a host of new broadcast deals across Central Eastern Europe and in other key European markets for its portfolio of children’s programming.
MTVA in Hungary has picked up a selection of shows from eOne Family that will launch on the channel for the first time this year. Acquisitions include the first two seasons of “Peppa Pig” and “Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom,” CGI-animated farmyard series “Tractor Tom,” the live-action series “Mist” and the BAFTA award-winning short film Lost and Found.
In Ukraine, the FTA kids’ channel Inter 1+1 will debut all six seasons of “Peppa Pig,” seasons one and two of “Tractor Tom,” the intergalactic pre-school show “Rob the Robot” and Lost and Found.
Chello Central Europe has also acquired the broadcast rights to Lost and Found and the “Pat and Stan” shorts for its pan-regional Minimax and Megamax channels across Hungary, Romanian Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and Croatia. Chello is also the first broadcaster in the region to acquire animated shorts of eOne’s new property Simon’s Cat.
Rounding out the sales are new and returning broadcast deals for “Peppa Pig” and Lost and Found across Europe.
In Scandinavia, NRK in Norway has taken seasons three and four of “Peppa Pig”; YLE in Finland has acquired the TV rights for Lost and Found; Star Channel in Greece will air season three of “Peppa Pig” this fall; Capital TV in Cyprus has picked up seasons one and two of “Peppa Pig”; and Noga Communications in Israel has acquired Lost and Found.
“Central and Eastern Europe are key emerging territories for us, and we’re delighted that our new partnerships with MTVA, 1+1 and Chello will further expand our broadcast footprint in this market,” says Monica Candiani, head of international sales, eOne Family. “We have a rich portfolio of children’s properties, many of which are award-winning, and it’s hugely exciting that these deals will bring our titles to new families when they launch on these channels later this year.”