DreamWorks Animation acquires Chapman Entertainment’s library

Published on: 18th September 2013

DreamWorks Animation has acquired the library of Chapman Entertainment, the children’s television production and licensing company.Roary-Image-300

With Chapman, DreamWorks Animation adds to its growing library Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Little Charley Bear.

The Chapman UK-produced titles add to the iconic family entertainment brands that the company gained through its acquisition of Classic Media last August. The Chapman programmes will be distributed through DreamWorks Animation’s UK-based TV distribution operation.

Chapman Entertainment was formed in 2002 by Keith Chapman, the originator of Bob the Builder, and quickly established itself as an award-winning company specialising in the creation and production of high quality pre-school entertainment.

Eric Ellenbogen, co-head of DreamWorks Animation International TV and DreamWorks Classics, said: “We’re pleased to bring such original and imaginative programming into the DreamWorks Animation fold. The Chapman acquisition reaffirms our commitment to UK-based productions of distinction and we look forward to delivering brand new TV adventures from these popular series.”

The Little Charley Bear television show is sold in nearly 100 countries (52×7), including the BBC’s CBeebies in the UK. Raa Raa the Noisy Lion series (52×10) is sold in nearly 100 countries and is under licence with the BBC’s CBeebies in the UK, where Raa Raa continues to be a ratings winner. Fifi and the Flowertots television series airs in the UK on Five’s pre-school block Milkshake, where it is the second most popular show with girls and the third most popular show with boys, and on Sprout from Nick Jr., who originally co-commissioned the show. The series is sold in over 200 countries (52×10 for the first and second seasons, and 13×10 for the third season). Roary the Racing Car is sold in nearly 100 countries (52×10), and can be seen on Sprout in the US and Milkshake in the UK.

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