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BabyRiki Among FUN Union Shows Set for North America, U.K.


FUN Union has secured agreements that will see the animated series BabyRiki, KikoRiki and PinCode launch in the U.K. and North America.

An exclusive deal with ITV in the U.K. will see seasons one and two of the preschool show BabyRiki premiere on September 3 as part of ITVBe’s newly created weekday morning zone. In the U.S., the first two seasons of BabyRiki will be available via Kabillion’s VOD services from mid-September.

Additionally, PlayKids, a worldwide educational SVOD app, will offer BabyRiki, KikoRiki and PinCode to its North American users starting August 23. The new deals come on the heels of agreements secured in Asia.

“We are thrilled to be bringing BabyRiki to preschoolers in the U.K.,” said Darren Nartey, ITV’s program acquisitions executive. “It is a fun and visually outstanding show and an excellent addition to our growing slate of new preschool content on littleBe.”

David Di Lorenzo, the president of Kabillion, commented, “We are excited to be working with FUN Union as both a broadcaster and a distributor for BabyRiki for North America and believe that U.S. audiences are going to love this wonderful series!”

“PlayKids is committed to contributing to children’s education and development by offering curated content and helping families to use technology in the favor of kids’ education,” added Fernando Collaço, the head of content management for PlayKids. “The new titles have been selected by our team of curators, and will provide content aligned with the concepts of cognitive development, education and learning that we advocate across all platform products.”

“Our series are celebrated for bringing entertaining and educational content to children worldwide,” remarked Christine Brendle, the CEO of FUN Union.” These latest deals, from North America to the U.K. and Asia, are testament to the series’ global appeal, resulting from the close cooperation with education experts, child psychologists, parents and an exceptional team of creative talents.”

About Sara Alessi

Sara Alessi is the associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at salessi@worldscreen.com.


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