Lisa Henson visits Sparky Animation studio

20 years after the passing of Jim Henson – the creator of “The Muppets” and “Sesame Street” – the Jim Henson Company continues to produce numerous children’s TV programs. The company is now run by Jim’s children and headed by daughter Lisa Henson.

She dropped by the studio to discuss her plans for the company and its’ collaboration with Singapore based studio Sparky Animation to co-produce the hit children’s TV series Dinosaur Train.

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Mr Moon rises to Top-Ten New Kids’ Programme in TVO

Mr Moon also thrilled little audiences in Canada and was voted Top-Ten New Kids’ Programme on TVO Kids and received high viewership on regional channel Knowledge Network and SCN.

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Mr Moon broadcasting rights acquired by ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

At the recently concluded MIPCOM in Cannes France, Sparky Animation announces new broadcaster, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has acquire broadcasting rights of Mr Moon. ABC plans to air the show in February next year.

The show premiered on Disney UK a few months ago and received the 2nd largest premiere the channel has ever seen.

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MIPCOM 2010: First two commissions for Walker

Walker Productions has signed up its first two commissions with leading broadcasters.

Cbeebies will be the home of new pre-school series Tilly and Friends from 2012, which has been adapted from Polly Dunbar’s book series published by Walker Books. The TV production division of the company is working with Jam Media on the show.

“We are so pleased that Tilly and Friends will air on Cbeebies and look forward to delivering the popular book-based series to a whole new audience, as part of Walker Productions’ commitment to developing fantastic book-based properties for additional media platforms,” said Helen McAleer, MD of Walker Productions and Walker Books UK.

Meanwhile, CITV will broadcast new animation Fleabag Monkeyface. The show will be the first new animation commissioned from CITV since 2005.

The 52 x 11-minute episodes have been developed by Sparky Animation, Impossible Kids and Walker Productions and are due to launch on CITV, ITV1 and GMTV1 in September 2011.

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Playhouse Disney UK & Canada Broadcasters pick up ‘Mr Moon’


Playhouse Disney (UK), TVO, Knowledge Network and SCN (Canada) have all acquired ‘Mr Moon’, The preschool show, which is produced by Singapore based Sparky Animation in association with Skaramoosh (London) and Title Entertainment (Ottawa) with support from the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

The distributors of the series, Sparky Animation, have announced that leading preschool channel, Playhouse Disney UK, will air ‘Mr Moon’ in 2010.

‘Mr Moon’ is adapted from a children’s book property of the same name, which was created by English writer illustrator Kate Veale. The series revolves around ‘Mr Moon’ and his friends – Sunny, Silva Star, Goldstar and his little red Supafast Rocket who will come to life in CGI with stunning digital painted backgrounds. In all of the stories in the series, ‘Mr Moon’ and his friends go on adventures all around the universe exploring planets, stars, constellations, black holes, nebulae and galaxies. Sometimes the friends lose track of time in these adventures but no matter what, they must always get back in time to take their rightful place in the night sky.

Jonathan Boseley, VP, Programming, Disney Channels UK & Ireland comments: “We are thrilled to be launching ‘Mr Moon’ on Playhouse Disney and we’re sure it will delight preschoolers and their parents. Following the channel’s continued success we’re looking to expand our UK acquisitions with hit shows like “‘Mr Moon'” that engage and inspire preschoolers with great storytelling and characters.”

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Mr Moon to screen in UK, Canada

Singapore-based Sparky Animation has sold broadcast rights of its CG-animated preschool show Mr. Moon to outlets in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Playhouse Disney U.K. will begin airing the program in 2010. In Canada, the rights have been picked up by regional broadcasters TVOntario, Knowledge Network in British Columbia and SCN in Saskatchewan.

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