Second series ordered for Chorion's Octonauts

Fisher-Price also due to roll out toy line from August in the UK.
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Chorion is confident that the early success achieved on TV for pre-school brand, The Octonauts will transfer to consumer products when the roll out begins later this year.

The show launched on Cbeebies in October 2010 and has become a strong performer for the channel in the 8am and 16.50pm time slots. The second series has been ordered and is currently in development.

Master toy partner, Fisher-Price will begin the initial launch of its range from August, with products including figures, vehicles and play-sets. Features include posable characters and colour change creatures, plus interactive GUP vehicles which propel in water or land, squirt water or chomp.

The toy launch will be supported by a full season of heavyweight TV advertising, press and PR activity.

Publishers are also on board for complementary books. Simon & Schuster will be first to launch in spring/summer in the UK, followed by Hachette Jeunesse for France.

"We're thrilled by the response from children and parents to Octonauts," said Bettina Koeckler, SVP sales EMEA at Chorion. "It has only been on air for a few months and already kids appear to have taken the show and its characters to heart. We are delighted that parents are already so supportive of the brand and anticipating the launch of the toys this year."



Since going private last year, Chorion has quietly been building up its portfolio. Now it is ready to shout from the rooftops about its forthcoming line-up, which includes more Noddy activity, as well as the launch of Mr Men and Famous Five projects.

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