11 OCT, 2014

HIT Entertainment, one of the world's leading pre-school entertainment companies and a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has today announced global entertainment company DHX Media as its animation partner on a brand new CG animated series of Little People.


Based on the iconic Fisher-Price® Little People® brand, the new series is being produced out of HIT’s UK content hub and will feature imaginative and energetic characters that are contemporary and relatable to today’s young children.


Recognised for outstanding animation, distribution and ownership of some of the most recognisable character brands in the world, DHX Media will provide CG animation for the series out of its Halifax studio.


Christopher Keenan, VP Global Content & Executive Producer at HIT Entertainment said: “We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with one of the world’s largest independent children’s entertainment companies, DHX Media, to bring these characters to life and to young viewers’ screens.  I'm thrilled that we have attracted top-notch creative talent to this character- and story-driven show. The series will be helmed by producer Rick Siggelkow, whose credits include Shining Time Station, Noddy and Dinosapien, and our head writer is David Steven Cohen, whose credits include Peg & Cat, Space Racers and Arthur. Between the talent of the team assembled by HIT and the expertise of our partners at DHX, the Little People series is poised for creative and market success.”


Steven DeNure President and COO of DHX Media adds: “Little People is a brand loved by generations of kids around the world and a natural fit for DHX Media’s CG animation studio in Halifax, which will bring a wealth of creative talent to this new incarnation. Our partnership with HIT Entertainment will bring to life this well-loved property and the personalities of its distinctive characters for a new generation of fans.”


The animated pre-school series of 52 x 11’ episodes, planned for release in late 2015, showcases a unique format and emphasizes the power that imagination and group play can have on discovery and critical thinking skills.


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For all media enquiries, please contact:
Katie Kajumba / HIT Entertainment – UK & International


+44 (0)20 755 42581/ kkajumba@hitentertainment.com


 


Noelle Dong / HIT Entertainment – The Americas


+1 (646) 467-5336 / ndong@hitentertainment.com


 


Notes to editors:

About HIT Entertainment

HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading pre-school entertainment companies, specialising in building powerful brands based on engaging stories.  HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes  Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.


HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of pre-schoolers and their families.  This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media, and live events and attractions.  HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit www.hitentertainment.com


About Fisher-Price


In 1931, Herman Fisher and Irving Price embarked on a journey to change the toy industry. Their goal: creating playthings that inspire a child’s development. More than 80 years later, Fisher-Price remains deeply rooted in the belief that play is the way children learn best.  To this day, understanding the importance of play in building a child’s skills is the fundamental principle, as the company strives to enrich the lives of families with young children around the globe. United by the passion for a child’s safe care and development at each age and stage, the people of Fisher-Price work tirelessly to bring families the best toys and baby products in the world. Some of the company’s best-known brands include Laugh & Learn®, Little People®, Power Wheels®, and Imaginext®, and it’s also a leading developer of character-based toys for children’s programming such as Thomas & Friends™, Dora and Friends: Into the City!, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.  For more information, visit www.fisher-price.com or connect with Fisher-Price on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. 


About DHX Media Ltd.


DHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com), a leading broadcaster, creator, producer and marketer of family entertainment, is recognized globally for such brands as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, and the multi-award winning Degrassi franchise. DHX Media Ltd. is the owner of Family Channel, the most-viewed children's television channel in Canada, as well as Disney Junior (English & French) and Disney XD. The Company markets and distributes its library of more than 10,000 episodes of entertainment programming worldwide, and licenses its owned properties through its dedicated consumer products business. DHX Media Ltd.'s full-service international licensing agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG), represents numerous entertainment, sport and design brands. DHX Media Ltd. has offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Halifax, London, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Munich and Amsterdam, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker DHX.


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