From Muppets to dinosaurs

The 40 episodes of Dinosaur Train’s debut season aired on PBS Kids in the US and on Okto channel in Singapore in the last two months. Work has started on the second season.

Ms Henson says she and her staff had also looked at other companies in India and South Korea to collaborate with on Dinosaur Train, ‘but the sample work we saw that was done here was so superior that we were really happy with the quality of the work’.

 

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Dr KC Wong, on Primetime Morning Channel News Asia

In seizing the opportunity to promote Singapore as the next animation hub, our CEO and founder Dr KC Wong appeared together with America based counterpart Ms Lisa Henson on an exclusive interview by Channel News Asia Primetime Morning anchors Steven Chia and Suzanne Jung Ki Eng.



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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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