The new show is set to get pre-schoolers the world over making music and will swing onto CBeebies in the UK in spring 2010. ZingZillas – 52 x 22 mins – goes into production this month, shooting at Pinewood Studios until December 2009.
BBC Worldwide has confirmed global distribution rights for TV, merchandise, DVD and publishing and is set to unveil commercial plans to the industry at trade fairs later in 2009.
Neil Ross Russell, managing director of Children’s and Licensing BBC Worldwide said: “ZingZillas is a break-through programme that we’re incredibly proud to be part of.
"We have extensive expertise in creating innovative licensing programmes for pre-school programmes and I’ve no doubt that ZingZillas will ‘strike a chord’ with pre-schoolers across the world.”
The show is commissioned by controller of CBeebies, Michael Carrington, who added:
“It’s time for a new kind of music show on CBeebies which will funk up the channel and get all of our toddlers and tots grooving on down to the ZingZillas sound. From operatic arias to jumping, jiving tunes, ZingZillas will be the new name in music for the under-six year-olds.”
“I’m also delighted that ZingZillas is being represented by BBC Worldwide, continuing our work to take CBeebies to an international audience.”
The series has been commissioned by CBeebies Controller, Michael Carrington and is produced by Series Producer Tony Reed and Executive Producers Alison Stewart and Kay Benbow.