Fresh puppet and digital effects TV animation Strange Hill High is ramping up its programme in the UK.
CBBC has signed up for a second series, due in 2014, before the first airs this spring. And UK licensees are already on board, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has announced.
Cooneen and Misirli have signed for underwear, nightwear and socks, whilst Spearmark has signed for lunchware, drinkware and tableware.
Comedy adventure series Strange Hill High is a co-production between FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and CBBC, in association with Factory Transmedia. It "combines everyday classroom antics with fantastical and mysterious goings on".
It’s executive produced by Sarah Muller for CBBC and Sander Schwartz and Bob Higgins for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.
Show production is led by Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons) and stars including John Thomson, Richard Ayoade and Caroline Aherne provide character voices.
The characters have been designed and fabricated by Mackinnon & Saunders, a top stop-motion animation, model-making and puppet firm in the North of England. They’ve worked on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, as well as TV shows including Bob the Builder, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Rastamouse.
Bob Higgins, EVP for FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, said: "We are thrilled that CBBC has committed to a second season of Strange Hill High. This early pick up speaks volumes about the quality of the first season episodes and the incredible talent behind the show.
"It’s daring, distinctive, unlike anything currently on air and will have the audience in stitches. The reaction to the series has been incredible."
Further licensees are expected to sign in the near future and FME says the series has generated strong interest from international broadcasters.
FME manages international distribution for the series outside of the UK and other rights globally.
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