Channel 5 to debut Random House series Wanda and the Alien

Channel 5’s Milkshake has signed to be the debut broadcaster for Wanda and the Alien, the first kids’ TV series from Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment.

Based on the popular children’s book series, Wanda and the Alien is set for broadcast in 2014, marking the first book to screen transfer for the Random House joint venture, RHSCE.

Already in pre-production at Mackinnon and Saunders digital studios in Manchester, RHCSE is creating 52 ten-minute episodes using flash 2D animation.

The firm has appointed content distributor CAKE to handle distribution of Wanda and the Alien globally, while RHCSE and Random House Enterprises will represent the brand for licensing and merchandising.

Andrew Cole-Bulgin, partner and head of film and TV, RHCSE, said: "Wanda and the Alien is a beautiful property, with a real sense of magic and wonder at the world.

"We wanted to do justice to Sue Hendra’s original books so we’ve invested in the UK’s best writing and animation talent to create a series that will delight audiences worldwide.

"Channel 5 has already shown they are willing to give real support to British children’s animation and we’re delighted to be working with them."

Jessica Symons, head of children’s at Channel 5, added: "Wanda and the Alien is absolutely delightful and is sure to capture the imagination of our young audience.

"It will be a wonderful addition to Milkshake’s superb line up of top pre-school programmes and we’re thrilled to be working with RHCSE on their first book to screen transfer."

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