DreamWorks Animation has acquired the library of Chapman Entertainment.
The deal means the firm has bolstered its stable with pre-school animations Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car, Little Charley Bear and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.
These join the family entertainment brands which it gained through its acquisition of Classic Media last August. The Chapman programmes will be distributed through DreamWorks Animation’s UK-based TV distribution operation.
"We’re pleased to bring such original and imaginative programming into the DreamWorks Animation fold," said Eric Ellenbogen, co-head of DreamWorks Animation International TV and DreamWorks Classics. "The Chapman acquisition reaffirms our commitment to UK-based productions of distinction and we look forward to delivering brand new TV adventures from these popular series."
Chapman Entertainment was formed in 2002 by Keith Chapman, the originator of Bob the Builder. It entered administration in November 2012.