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New Wallace & Gromit bags key deals

Aardman secures further pre-sales with major broadcasters for World of Invention.
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Aardman Rights has added to the pre-sales for the forthcoming new Wallace & Gromit series, World of Invention, signing up broadcasters in France and Germany.

Both France Télévisions and Super RTL have acquired the six 30-minute episodes of the inventions-inspired show, fronted and presented by Wallace and Gromit.

Due for broadcast on BBC One in late 2010, the series includes a combination of live action and animation. It has also been sold to ABC Australia, DR Denmark, YLE Finland and Thai PBS.

As part of the new deal, France Télévisions is coming on board with the entire Wallace & Gromit franchise. It has taken the rights for all four short films, plus the Cracking Contraptions TV series. The firm will also pick up the rights to series one and two of Shaun the Sheep.

In addition, Super RTL has acquired the third series of Aardman's pre-school show, Timmy Time, due for delivery in 2011.

"These are extremely significant deals for us and we are thrilled to have both France Télévisions and Super RTL on board for Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention," commented Aardman's head of sales, Alix Wiseman. "It has been really exciting for us to take Wllace and Gromit into a new genre and it's fantastic to have such strong pre-sales from around the world."

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