Jim Henson Co’s HIP secures distribution rights to The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and #Friends

Henson Independents Properties, the recently relaunched distribution arm of The Jim Henson Company, has just acquired the rights to two new series: The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin and #Friends.

The deal was detailed by Claudia Scott-Hansen, SVP of global distribution at The Jim Henson Company.

HIP is The Jim Henson Company’s third-party licensing banner, formed initially in 2009 to acquire and service global media distribution and consumer products programmes for entertainment properties and external brands.

Created by Alchemy II, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin, was a popular series that made up part of the $7bn retail property of the late 1980s and ’90s, and one of TIME magazine’s top 100 properties of all time. A new CGI-animated pre-school series is currently in development with Henson and Alchemy II.

In the original series, a young Teddy Ruxpin and his best friend, Grubby, follow an ancient map that leads them to a collection of crystals on the mainland of Grundo. With the help of their new friend Dr. Newton Gimmick, Teddy and Grubby discover the magical powers of this ancestral treasure and uncover an opposing organisation with nefarious ambitions of its own. All of the episodes have been remastered in HD.

The CG-animated series, #Friends, targeted to kids aged six to 11, is a new character-driven comedy about three human kids—the Hash Taggers—on a mission to make friends with alien kids all across the universe and then share their findings via posts to kids on Planet Earth.

Funded by Thailand’s T&B Media Global, the series is created by Dan Clark and Oscar Covar, and is currently in production at Shellhut Entertainment for delivery in fall 2021.

In #Friends, every alien kid the Hash Taggers meet will pose the challenge: how does one communicate, make friends, and find common interests with kids who are – at least on the outside – seemingly so different than you are?  Different customs, funny alien biological quirks, and narrative events will create comedic mishaps, but will always lead to friendship in the end.

“As an alternative smaller label managed by an extremely experienced, skilled and well-connected distribution team, HIP is well-positioned to represent a wide range of genres for the global audience,” commented Scott-Hansen.

“The beloved Teddy Ruxpin is as relevant as ever to today’s kids, and the new original series, #Friends, provides a rich and immersive world of fresh characters with messages of unity, acceptance and friendship.”

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