Popular pre-school property Olly the Little White Van is heading to Japan and the Netherlands.
Tokyo-based Fine Films has signed a deal to distribute the first two seasons on DVD in Japanese from early 2015 whilst NPO Zapp, the leading Dutch-language children’s channel, is to air all 65 episodes daily in the Netherlands from next week.
Olly is alreading on screens in Turkey via Istanbul children’s channel Yumurcak while the first Russian-language episodes have just started airing on YouTube through XMedia, in a deal brokered by AWOL of Paris.
“These new and recent deals bring to almost 50 the number of markets in which Olly is aired, with a potential children’s audience now measuring hundreds of millions,” said Henry Becket, the creator of Olly the Little White Van.
“What’s more, after a very promising reception at this year’s MIPCOM, discussions are at an advanced stage with many more territory broadcasters.
"We have demonstrated that Olly is here to stay as a pre-school favourite as it invariably rates in the top five wherever it runs, and there is strong demand for more seasons both in the UK and overseas. We are now working on an aggressive marketing strategy for 2015 to capitalise on the momentum we have established.”
In the UK, the show continues to attract high ratings for both on air and VOD versions of Olly on Milkshake! and Cartoonito, and two new half-hour shows are being screened monthly at cinemas around the UK.
There are plans in place to release a second DVD in the UK in 2015.