Tree Fu Tom Expands in Oz

FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has signed new broadcast and licensing deals in Australia and New Zealand for the preschool brand Tree Fu Tom, as well as series of international deals for the property.

The CG-animated TV series has been picked up by Network Ten in Australia and MediaWorks in New Zealand. “Tree Fu Tom” will premiere in both territories in September.

In Australia, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has also signed Funtastic as its toy distribution partner and Roadshow for home entertainment. Funtastic will be the exclusive distribution partner for Giochi Preziosi’s range of Tree Fu Tom toys. Both the toys and the DVD are slated for release in early 2014.

"These fantastic new partners provide ‘Tree Fu Tom’ with the perfect free-to-air launch platforms in Australia and New Zealand and A-grade partners in both toy and DVD,” says Liz Burnett, director of consumer products, Australia, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment. “The series’ international expansion continues apace and Tree Fu Tom is truly becoming a global preschool inspiration, delighting children around the world. We look forward to signing additional partners in the coming months for the Australian and New Zealand markets."

The brand’s licensing portfolio also continues to expand in the U.K., with the addition of five new licensees: Aurora has signed for plush, Corsair for toiletries, Underground Toys for pocket pals, Paper Projects for stickers and Crane 3D for an augmented reality app.

In the U.S., children’s app developer Cupcake Digital has signed to create a series of enhanced story apps.

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