HIT Entertainment has announced sales for more than 120 hours of preschool entertainment content for titles in its portfolio of properties. According to HIT, the deals significantly increase the global footprint of HIT’s brands with sales to TV and digital platforms across Europe, Australia, Latin America and Asia.
In France, season eight of “Fireman Sam” has been picked up by France 5, while Universal France has picked up seasons six through eight. Also in France, Lagardère Group has steamed ahead to secure the rights for series 13, 16 and 17 of “Thomas & Friends.” This move will see the program re-branded for the group’s family network Gulli and preschool channel Tiji.
Spanish broadcaster Boing has picked up series 15 to 17 of “Thomas & Friends” and will also be airing King of the Railway.
In addition, Canal+ SVoD platform CanalPlay Infinity has acquired “Fireman Sam” seasons six and seven, and “Angelina Ballerina” series three to six. Twenty-six episodes of the first series of “Mike the Knight” will charge onto Netflix Netherlands.
In the Nordic regions, AB Svensk Filmindustri has secured home entertainment and digital distribution rights for a range of HIT properties including Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam, Pingu, Mike the Knight and Angelina Ballerina. As well as being released on DVD, these properties will appear on its SVoD service, Children’s SF Favourites, which is available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.
In Central Europe, cartoon channel Minimax, owned by ChelloMedia, and Polish channel Minimini have picked up “Mike the Knight” season two and the ninth season of “Fireman Sam.”
In Australia, ABC has acquired season 17 of “Thomas & Friends” and the 60-minute special, King of the Railway. The channel has also picked up season two of “Mike the Knight.”
“Mike the Knight” will also make its debut in South East Asia as Mediacorp picked-up the first season of the series for Singapore television channel Okto. As part of the deal, Mediacorp also secured rights for season 17 of “Thomas & Friends.”
Thomas & Friends is also forging full steam ahead in Latin America, where Discovery Kids has acquired season 17 of “Thomas & Friends,” as well as rights to broadcast King of the Railway.