Series to be Sister Show to The WotWots
New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures has signed a development deal with Chinese entertainment group, Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company, to produce ‘Kiddets’, a sister series to Pukeko Pictures’ hit pre-school animated series, The WotWots.
In the picture, left to right: Katie Frost (Film Wellington), Martin Baynton (Pukeko Pictures), Clive Spink (Pukeko Pictures), Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Wen Jianfeng (Huawen Century), Cui Xuewen (Huawen Century), Meng Nan (Huawen Century), Wang Bing (Huawen Century)
‘Kiddets’ is being developed as an official TV co-production under the treaty guidelines signed by New Zealand and China last year to explore as many opportunities as possible and forge closer ties with businesses in the two countries. The agreement enables approved projects to gain official co-production status and gives production houses access to funding and incentives in line with those for national films in each country.
Pukeko Pictures’ CEO, Clive Spink, said he was delighted that a year of hard work and many trips back and forth by both parties had led to this moment. “In the end it’s all about finding good partners to work with which takes time and commitment from both sides. We want ‘Kiddets’ to be the first of many business ventures with Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company over the next ten years or more”.
“We are very excited to be going on this journey with our colleagues from China”, said Martin Baynton, creator of The WotWots and the creative lead at Pukeko Pictures. “The WotWots has sold to over a hundred countries including many Asian territories. With that proven universal appeal it’s time to grow and expand the franchise with a sister series that has an eye on the growing Chinese market”.
Mr Wang Bing, CEO and Executive Producer of content at Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company announced they will be building a new animation pipeline to undertake the animation elements of ‘Kiddets’. “We are very thrilled that Martin and Richard Taylor will be in charge of producing all the creative elements of scripts and design in Wellington and our team will handle the animation in Beijing. This is a very exciting opportunity for our company”.
“We are very excited to be working with Pukeko Pictures,” said Mr. Wen Jianfeng, Managing Director of Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company’s licensing and distribution. “In the last year we have successfully introduced the BBC show Waybuloo to little children all over China with a big launch last April which Clive and Martin attended with us. We want to make ‘Kiddets’ loved by millions of children in China”.
The signing of the development deal took place in Wellington City’s Mayoral office where both parties had been hosted by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown at the start of their business negotiations.
“I am delighted to witness the signing of this agreement”, said Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. “The potential for our two countries in this screen sector has become very evident in the last few years. It is particularly exciting to see how these screen partnerships are looking to include tourism and educational business opportunities into their broader strategic discussions”.
About Pukeko Pictures
Pukeko Pictures is an independent entertainment production company focused on the development and production of excellent quality multi-platform entertainment for a global audience. Pukeko Pictures was formed in 2008 by Sir Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Martin Baynton, and is located in Wellington, New Zealand. With a connection to the world famous Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong, Lord of the Rings), Pukeko Pictures is uniquely positioned in the creation of world-leading entertainment, harnessing the best in global talent and world-class production processes. Weta Workshop is not to be confused with Weta Digital, the VFX company owned by Peter Jackson.
About The WotWots
The WotWots is an enchanting preschool series broadcast in over 90 territories that follows the adventures of two adorable siblings from outer space, SpottyWot and DottyWot. This delightful pair of inquiring minds have come to Earth to explore and to marvel at the extraordinary diversity of life on the blue planet. The show celebrates this joy of discovery and demonstrates the positive values that are the building blocks of a true and enduring friendship. Season one sees SpottyWot and DottyWot come to explore planet earth in their steam-powered spaceship and arrive in the middle of a zoo. In season two, the alien siblings land on a farm and meet strange and friendly farm animals and also travel to the seashore. Encouraging the love of animals, the show celebrates the joy of discovery and the extraordinary diversity of life on the planet.
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