UYoung Places Raft of Series with CCTV


UYoung has licensed multiple shows to CCTV, China’s state-owned broadcaster, for its CCTV-14 children’s channel.

The package includes two seasons of Messy Goes to Okido. Produced by Doodle Productions and Eye Present in the U.K., the comedic adventure series features science-education elements targeted to 3- to 5-year-olds.

Three seasons of Mia and me, from Studio 100 Media & m4e, and two seasons of the STEM-based animated series Space Racers are part of the pact as well.

Clara Yang, VP of international business at UYoung, said: “The licensing of these three standout series to CCTV and the continued ratings success and time slot of Kazoops further demonstrate UYoung’s position as the leading kids’ and family entertainment company in China. With an innate understanding of the Chinese broadcast landscape and parents’ desire for high-quality shows with strong STEM or socio-elemental themes for their children to watch, we are perfectly positioned to help our carefully selected partners gain a foothold in this hugely important market.”

Peter Kleinschmidt, international commercial director for Studio 100 Media & m4e, said: “We are very pleased about our successful collaboration with UYoung in China and their ongoing efforts bring our show Mia and me to CCTV and a broad audience in China. Now we’re hoping that Chinese kids will love Mia and the unicorns—and there will be more to come since a fourth season is already in production and a feature film in the last stage of development!”

Michael Matays, CEO of Space Race, added: “We are excited about the forthcoming launch of Space Racers on CCTV as we continue to expand our audience in China with the support of UYoung’s deep relationships in media distribution and licensing.  Curiosity is a cultural constant in all children around the world, and we have seen the Space Racers brand embraced universally, with organic STEM and space science lessons woven into fast-paced and entertaining stories. With this summer’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we look forward to inspiring the next generation of space explorers.”

Genevieve Dexter, CEO of Eye Present, commented: “We  know that the style and STEM themes of Messy Goes to Okido have resonated in China on several AVOD channels, and we are excited about  the expanded reach of CCTV and for Messy to connect with children in China.”