UK animation company Blue Zoo has teamed with Nickelodeon UK and Aardman Animation to create a new pre-school series, Digby Dragon.
Based on the original work from Sally Hunter, creator of the pre-school property Humphrey’s Corner, the new CGI animated series will follow the adventures of Digby as he learns to fly.
Oli Hyatt, MD, Blue Zoo Productions, said: "From the moment we saw the world and characters Sally had created, we knew it would make a beautiful show and we are delighted that everyone agrees.
"The combination of our talented studio, the international clout of Aardman’s reputation, and a great environment and platform in the UK on Nick Jr, and S4C, should make the show irresistible for investors and audiences."
Produced in the UK at Blue Zoo Productions, Digby Dragon has been commissioned by Nickelodeon UK, while Aardman Animations has signed as the rights representative, taking on international TV, DVD and digital sales.
Nickelodeon has already commissioned 26 half hour episodes of the programme for its pre-school channel, Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products will also represent consumer products for the property in the UK and Ireland.
Tim Patterson, VP, director of programming, Nickelodeon UK, said: "The world of Digby is one driven by imagination and adventure.
"These core attributes mean that the property has the potential to develop into a long running TV series beloved by families while its characters are engaging enough to be enjoyed by audiences across multiple platforms.
"Investing at both the programming and property level, shows the belief that Nickelodeon has in Digby."
Alix Wiseman, head of sales and acquisitions at Aardman Animations, added: "Digby Dragon is just the kind of property we’ve been looking for and it fits perfectly with our existing cast of funny Aardman characters."