Corus Entertainment has acquired the Canadian broadcast rights for the animated preschool series Pikwik from Guru Studio.
The show is slated to launch in Canada on Treehouse in early 2020, coinciding with the U.S. premiere on Disney Junior. The 52×11-minute series, which began production last August, is aimed at kids ages 2 to 5 and follows the adventures of Suki the hedgehog, Axel the racoon, Hazel the cat and Tibor the hippo, as they work together to deliver packages to the residents of Pikwik.
The deal follows the news that Playmate Toys has acquired the master toy license for Pikwik with plans to bring to market a complete line of figures, playsets, vehicles, plush and role-play items based on the series. The series is also slated to air on Disney Junior Australia/New Zealand, Korea and India.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Corus come on board with Pikwik,” said Jonathan Abraham, VP of sales and business development at Guru Studio. “Treehouse’s reach in Canada is unparalleled, and together with our broadcast partner Disney Junior in the U.S., we have incredible support to reach a wide audience.”
“Guru is renowned for brilliant storytelling and stunning animation and Pikwik is no exception to that,” said Lisa Godfrey, VP of original content at Corus Entertainment. “Pikwik is the perfect fit for Treehouse and will capture the hearts of parents and delight our young viewers with its vibrant cast of characters and non-stop fun.”
“We are delighted to be working with the talented team at Corus,” said Frank Falcone, president and executive creative director at Guru Studio, and Pikwik co-creator. “We are looking forward to introducing our adorable characters and charming universe to preschoolers across the country.”