BBC Children’s and FremantleMedia Enterprises’ Kids & Family Entertainment division have signed a five-year collaboration deal to create programs for both CBBC and CBeebies.
The new partnership will see FME and BBC Children's co-develop, co-produce and co-fund a number of new children’s shows over the course of the next five years.
The deal will also see FME represent a range of global ancillary rights, including merchandise, home entertainment, live events, publishing, worldwide distribution, and more. The BBC will retain television rights for the U.K. and Eire, as well as certain other rights within those countries.
This isn’t the first time the two companies have worked together: the preschool series “Tree Fu Tom” was one of the highest rated new series on CBeebies in 2012 and “Wizards vs Aliens,” was CBBC’s No. 2 premiering show of 2012.
“BBC Children’s is the top echelon in the kids and family genre and we have had phenomenal success in working with them on shows such as ‘Wizards vs Aliens’ and ‘Tree Fu Tom,’” says Bob Higgins, executive vice president, FME Kids & Family. “They are fearless in their dedication to make bold, creatively brilliant programs and we couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to continue working with such an amazing partner.”
Under the terms of the partnership, the BBC Children’s in-house production teams will produce the shows in conjunction with the FME Kids & Family team.
The new partnership with FME does not affect the first-look deal that BBC Children’s has with BBC Worldwide, which will continue to invest in children’s programming and also operate the CBeebies international channels. Furthermore, BBC Children’s will continue to collaborate with a wide range of creative partners, broadcasters, distributors and indies (who currently produce 70 percent of the BBC’s children’s programs).
“We’re delighted to be signing this new deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises and look forward to building on the success we’ve already had working together on top-rated programs such as ‘Tree Fu Tom,’” says Joe Godwin, director, BBC Children’s.
“This groundbreaking partnership will allow us to create and develop even more exciting new shows that will entertain and inspire kids throughout the U.K.”