Visual effects and animation studio, Arc Productions, has been appointed as the new animation studio for the CG-animated Thomas & Friends.
The deal with Hit Entertainment marks the first global TV series the studio will produce. It has previously enjoyed success with movies including Gnomeo and Juliet and 9.
Toronto-based Arc will provide animation for all 11-minute episodes of the upcoming 17th series, as well as a one-hour Thomas & Friends feature length special.
The new episodes are due to broadcast from autumn 2013.
"We are proud to be entrusted with the stellar assignment of animating the highly regarded and much loved Thomas & Friends TV series," said Jeff Young, COO of Arc Productions. "There are successful brands, and a handful grow to be franchises.
"Then you have those precious few that rise to iconic stature. Thomas & Friends is certainly one of those very rare successes and we're truly excited to perpetuate its legacy under our creative stewardship."