WildBrain has secured global distribution rights, excluding the U.K., to The Brilliant World of Tom Gates.
The forthcoming Sky Original TV show is based on the best-selling Tom Gates book series, written and illustrated by Liz Pichon. Recently commissioned by Sky in the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is produced by TG Entertainment and will primarily target kids aged 7 to 12. The series is set to premiere on Sky Kids in early 2021.
Each episode of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates will feature an original animated Tom Gates story, interwoven with craft ideas, drawing, interactive games and songs. Tom and his friends will pop-up and interact throughout, with Pichon, also an executive producer, working closely on the production and presenting the ‘draw it’ section of the series.
Deirdre Brennan, executive VP of content partnerships at WildBrain, said: “The Tom Gates book series has been a runaway success all over the world, capturing the imaginations of families through its authentic story-telling, humor and unique graphic style. As the books prepare to make the highly anticipated jump from the page to the screen, we’re confident the series will delight both new and existing Tom Gates fans, internationally.”
Arabella Page Croft and Ken Anderson, executive producers for TG Entertainment, added: “We are delighted that WildBrain are partnering with us on The Brilliant World of Tom Gates. Everyone has great ambitions for this terrific show. We look forward to many international broadcast partners joining Sky (U.K. and ROI), Screen Scotland, Scholastic, WildBrain and ourselves on the journey—so even more kids around the world can discover Liz Pichon’s fantastic characters and stories, unlocking more laughter, inspiration and fun!”