MAY 15, 2018
SUTIKKI TO BRING NEW LANDMARK PRESCHOOL SERIES
‘MOON AND ME’ TO THE U.S. ON UNIVERSAL KIDS
Latest Creation from Andrew Davenport ('Teletubbies' and 'In the Night Garden') to Debut in Fall 2018
LOS ANGELES – May 15, 2018 – Sutikki, the kids and family division of Bento Box Entertainment, today announced that Universal Kids will be the U.S. television home of highly anticipated new preschool series Moon and Me. Created by Andrew Davenport (Teletubbies, In the Night Garden), Moon and Me will premiere later this year.
“It’s wonderful to work with Universal Kids,” said Andrew Davenport. “We jointly share a passion for creating premium programming for a global preschool audience. I can’t think of a better launch partner in the U.S. and I’m excited to begin working with the team on the launch of Moon and Me”.
Moon and Me (50 x 22’) was developed by Davenport, the creator of award-winning global preschool franchises Teletubbies and In the Night Garden. Inspired by well-loved tales of toys that come to life when nobody is looking, Moon and Me breaks new ground in its technical, visual and conceptual ambition, and will create an exceptional new benchmark of quality and integrity for its young, global audience.
“Andrew Davenport is truly one of the great creators of children’s content and the Universal Kids team is incredibly excited to be the U.S. home for Moon and Me,” said Deirdre Brennan, General Manager, Universal Kids. “This show is totally unique - the stories, the look, the characters - combined with this level of production innovation, Moon and Me will be a spectacular addition to our preschool slate.”
The series will combine the latest production methods with traditional storytelling, comedy and music to create a beautifully constructed picture-book world especially for today’s preschoolers. It will premiere on BBC’s CBeebies in the UK in 2018 and is being produced by Sutikki and Davenport’s Foundling Bird, with Sutikki overseeing global distribution and merchandise licensing. This includes previously-announced global licensing partnerships with Hasbro and Scholastic, and a partnership with UYoung, which will bring the property to China in 2019.
Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr, co-founders of Sutikki, commented, “Universal Kids is the ideal U.S. home for Sutikki’s first pre-school series, and we are looking forward to growing with Moon and Me for many successful years to come.”
About Universal Kids
Universal Kids represents the world of NBCUniversal family brands. As a kid-focused ecosystem with great TV content at the center, Universal Kids is programmed for the 2-12 year old audience, with a fresh mix of animated content, unscripted entertainment, and proven international hits. Launched in September 2017 and available in over 59 million homes, Universal Kids is available for kids and families across all platforms, including on air, online, On Demand and via mobile with the Universal Kids app.
About Foundling Bird Ltd
Foundling Bird was established in 2014 to own, produce and administer the work of award-winning creator Andrew Davenport. It is named after the Grimm tale of the same title. Davenport’s creative goals remain the same as he says they always have been: To found a slate of developmentally informed, innovative and entertaining projects – built on compelling storytelling and an authentic sense of contemporary childhood. With 25 years’ experience in children’s global content, Andrew Davenport has been dubbed ‘the JK Rowling of the under fives’ [The Daily Telegraph], after the global success of both Teletubbies (which he co-created and wrote, and which was broadcast in 125 countries, translated into 45 languages, won 17 industry awards and achieved ‘iconic’ status as probably the most instantly-recognizable British product of contemporary times) and In the Night Garden (which he created, wrote and composed). Industry accolades include a clutch of BAFTA and RTS awards and Emmy nominations.
Sutikki — Japanese for sticky — is the kids and family division of Bento Box Entertainment. Founded in 2016 by executives Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr, Sutikki (sutikki.com) creates, produces, distributes and merchandises compelling content built for today’s kids aged 2-11. Sutikki believes in the power of story and its ability to drive commercial success globally. It is currently in production on its first preschool program, Moon and Me, scheduled to premiere on the BBC’s CBeebies channel and NBCUniversal’s Universal Kids later this year.
About Bento Box Entertainment
Bento Box Entertainment (BBE) is a multiple-time Emmy® award-winning entertainment content and technology company. With studios in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Toronto, BBE produces animated comedy series for broadcast, cable and digital networks. This includes Bob's Burgers on FOX; Brickleberry and Legends of Chamberlain Heights on Comedy Central; The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special on NBC; Paradise, P.D. and The Who Was? Show on Netflix; Glove and Boots on YouTube; among many others. Additionally, BBE has produced music videos with artists including Coldplay. With creative thinking, disruptive content and innovative technology at its core, BBE is dedicated to extending its reach to new audiences via its digital, content rights, live events, merchandise, brand management and Sutikki (kids and family) business units. BBE can be followed across social media channels @bentoboxent.
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