NZ-China Children’s Co-production Premieres on CCTV
Pukeko Pictures has confirmed that Kiddets, sister series to its hit animated preschool show, The WotWots, is premiering on CCTV in China following its broadcast earlier in the year in New Zealand and Australia.
Two episodes of Kiddets will air on CCTV Children’s channel daily between 10.30 and 11am. In addition, Chinese VOD-platform iQiyi, will make each episode available on-demand version the next day after Kiddets’ CCTV premiere. It will also air consecutively on the satellite channels and childrens channels of the local television stations across China.
Kiddets is co-produced by Pukeko Pictures and Hengxin Shambala Kids (Guangzhou) Cultural Industry Development Co., Ltd. and is the first official children’s television co-production between New Zealand and China. It airs on TVNZ’s TV2, HEI HEI and On Demand services in New Zealand as well as ABC KIDS in Australia.
Kiddets expands upon The WotWots franchise with brand new adventures and sees the introduction of five new WotWot characters, Patches, Dapper, Bounce, Stripes and Luna – young space cadets in training at a play school space academy on planet WotWot. Under the watchful eye of SpottyWot and DottyWot who are based on planet Earth, Patches, Dapper, Bounce, Stripes and Luna learn all the skills they need to embark on a mission to a new world.
Aimed at new and existing fans of The WotWots, Kiddets offers a broader audience appeal including older preschool children with each episode demonstrating the positive values of teamwork and the building blocks of true and enduring friendship. Kiddets has been created by The WotWots’ Creator, Martin Baynton and is Executive Produced by Richard Taylor.
Pukeko Pictures’ The WotWots (78 x 11’) is a global hit series that has aired in over a hundred countries and which included an extensive licensing programme.
CAKE handles worldwide distribution rights excluding Australia, New Zealand and Greater China to Kiddets and also extends to North American and European rights (for series 2) of the The WotWots.
“We are incredibly proud of Kiddets, our first Chinese co-production and also a first for the NZ kid’s entertainment business,” said Richard Taylor, Co-Owner of Pukeko Pictures. “We are delighted that it will have its premiere broadcast on CCTV which is testament to the successful and ambitious working partnership on the show with our friends and partners, Hengxin Shambala Kids.”
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