PPC Enterprises has announced details of a new deal meaning Python is now represented in Australia and New Zealand by Stella Projects.
Stella is an Australian entertainment company which aims to create, produce or manage filmed and published entertainment properties, either into Australia or take Australian properties internationally.
Other properties represented by the firm include LazyTown, Horrid Henry, Where's Wally?, Roald Dahl, Miffy, Pet Poet's Club, Australian author Jeannette Rowe and Australian children's singer Justine Clarke.
Grahame Grassby, managing director, Stella Projects commented: "A major highlight for Stella Projects at the Licensing Show in Las Vegas was finalising the deal with PPCE to represent Monty Python in Australia and New Zealand.
“My family grew up with Monty Python and it was with me all through school and university and today, 40 years after it was first broadcast, the TV series is still shown every week on the Comedy Channel, the movies are shown regularly and the upcoming two-part TV special is due to be broadcast on ABC TV. It’s huge over here and we look forward to continuing the Python legend for another generation"
Mark Hurry, PPCE legal and commercial director, added: “Python is red-hot at the moment and we have chosen the perfect partner in Stella Projects to take the brand forward in Australia/NZ.”
Monty Python is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, which has led to a flurry of activity. Sony is due to release a DVD box set in October, and is also due to release Monty Python and the Holy Grail: The Immaculate Edition.
A one-off Python stage show starring Eric Idle is set for London’s Royal Albert Hall, and a new Python documentary is set for theatrical and DVD release later this year, followed by TV broadcast around the world.
PPCE already has a strong licensing programme in place in the UK, which includes voice key chains, dress-up, branded T-shirts, SWP machines and greeting cards.