Tokyo-based Fine Films is to distribute the first two seasons on DVD in Japanese from early 2015 whilst NPO Zapp, the leading Dutch-language children’s channel, is to air all 65 episodes daily in the Netherlands starting next week.
These deals are in addition to further success for Olly in recent weeks. High-rating Istanbul children’s channel Yumurcak started broadcasting Olly twice daily in Turkish last month and the first Russian-language episodes have just broken on YouTube through XMedia, in a deal brokered by AWOL of Paris.
Henry Becket said: “These new deals bring the number of markets in which Olly is aired to almost 50, with a potential children’s audience now measuring hundreds of millions. What’s more, after a very promising reception at this year’s Mipcom, discussions are at an advanced stage with many more territory broadcasters.”
The global popularity echoes that in the UK where the show continues to attract high ratings for both on air and VOD versions of Olly on Milkshake and Cartoonito, and two new half-hour shows are being screened monthly at cinemas around the UK. There are plans to release a second DVD in the UK in 2015.
More licence deals are planned, with a global/macro-regional toy deal high on the list of priorities.