Sixteen South Rights announce major international sales for new hit show WildWoods
Date Posted: May 14, 2018
Sixteen South Rights has today announced TV sales in key territories for its new, hit preschool live-action puppet comedy WildWoods, to the USA and Russia. The series received production funding from Northern Ireland Screen and the Broadcast Authority of Ireland.
WildWoods’ global audience is set to increase hugely with sales to Hulu in the U.S. and Channel One Russia Worldwide. Hulu, is a leading premium streaming service available to millions of subscribers in the U.S., while Channel One has more than 250 million viewers worldwide.
In addition, UYoung, China’s leading children’s and family entertainment company has acquired the distribution rights for the TV series in the region.
These international sales follow the huge success of WildWoods since its launch last autumn on RTEjr. A firm favourite with that channel’s younger viewers, it is also shown on ABC Kids, where it was the top-rating kids show on its premiere and is consistently one of the channel’s highest rating shows.
A new live-action puppet comedy series for 4- to 7-year-olds, WildWoods chronicles the unlikely friendship between Cooper, a gentle giant sasquatch, and Poppy, a feisty pint-sized sugarglider. Filmed entirely in beautiful forest locations in Ireland, WildWoods aims to tempt children away from their digital devices and into the open air, while also tackling serious subjects such as sadness, jealousy, tolerance, trust and the loss of a friend.
Colin Williams, Creative Director, Sixteen South, said: “I’m delighted that our rights department is doing great work in taking our incredibly funny odd couple, Cooper and Poppy, into wonderful new faraway countries. WildWoods is not only the most challenging show we’ve ever made, but probably our best live action work to date.”
The 26 x 11’ series was created by Colin Williams, Creative Director, Sixteen South, the Belfast-based 2016 winner of BAFTA Independent Children’s Production Company of the Year.