The global best-selling kids’ book series Lost My Name is getting its own animated series courtesy of the animation studio, Sixteen South.
In partnership with the book publisher Wonderbly, the two companies will develop a run of 57 episodes targeting pre-school children and helping them overcome the challenges they face growing up.
Over 3.5 million personalised stories have been sent around the world since the launch of the Lost My Name book. It was the number one best-selling picture book in major markets including the UK< US and Germany.
In a further move, Wonderbly has appointed Helen McAleer, former MD of Walker Books and founder of Walker Productions as executive producer of the upcoming TV series.
McAleer, alongside David Cadji-Newby and Pedro Serapicos, Wonderbly’s co-founders and the writing and illustrating duo behind Lost My Name will work closely with Sixteen South to develop the Lost My Name books into an animated television series.
Wonderbly and Sixteen South will be pitching the show to broadcasters later in the summer. The partnership is part of a long-term publishing and franchise strategy to develop the Lost My Name world.
In July, Wonderbly will publish a sequel book taking children on another adventure of self discovery in the world of Lost My Name.
Asi Sharabi, co-founder and CEO of Wonderbly, said: “We were looking for a while for the right creative partner to embark on this new adventure and Sixteen South’s heartfelt and exuberant approach to children’s animation, coupled with remarkable attention to detail, is exactly what we were looking for.
“We are immensely excited to work with Colin Williams and his incredibly talented team.”
Colin Williams, creative director of Sixteen South Studios, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the creative folk at Wonderbly. From the moment we met, we immediately connected through our passion for great design and storytelling.
“We are really enjoying the process of developing such an innovative, well-known and loved series of books for the screen to be enjoyed by children all over the world.”