The independent production studio BES Animation has acquired the worldwide broadcast and digital content rights to the children’s publishing property Dinner Detectives, with plans to develop the popular books into a multi-platform TV and digital offering.
BES Animation will develop the books into a 2D animated television series aimed at four to seven year olds, alongside a new interactive app and digital content across AVOD and SVOD platforms. Production is set to commence in 2020.
First published in 2017, Dinner Detectives won Best IP Pitch at MIP Junior in 2018 attracting global interest from production companies before BES successfully acquired the property. The book series was conceived by writer Yves Stening and illustrator Nigel Buchanan and follows the story of siblings Clementine and Aksel who travel back in time and explore the world learning about the history the origins of the food we eat today.
Bruce Kane, founder and director, BES Animation, said: “We are delighted to add Dinner Detectives to BES’ global development and production slate and look forward to transforming these much loved stories and characters to the screen for a global audience.”
Yves Stening, co-creator of Dinner Detectives, added: “In BES Animation, a leader in animation and entertainment, we have found the perfect partner to take Dinner Detectives to its next stage of creative development.”