The Emmy award-winning New York-based studio responsible for such hits as Super Wings and Wonder Pets, Little Airplane Productions has been acquired by Studio 100, it has been announced.
The animation studio was founded by Josh Selig in 1999 and its staff has won numerous acclaimed awards, including 21 Emmys.
The company has worked closely with major American broadcasters such as Disney, Nickelodeon and Sprout. In Europe, they have strong links with KiKA, CBeebies and Canal+. Little Airplane is notable for developing content with leading Chinese partners, which is also sold outside of China. The popular TV-show Super Wings is one example of this.
“I have greatly admired the work of Little Airplane for years," said Hans Bourlon, co-founder of Studio 100.
"It’s a unique company. It has amazing creative strength and has produced the most fantastic series and songs. My absolute favourite is ‘The Potato Train’ from ‘The Small Potatoes’.”
Josh Selig, founder and president of Little Airplane Productions added: “I am thrilled that Little Airplane has joined forces with our friends at Studio 100 and all of their amazing companies. There is a great synergy between our businesses and our teams, and we look forward to creating and producing new content together that will resonate with children around the world.”
Josh Selig will be working closely with Hans Bourlon and with Hans Ulrich Stoef, CEO of Studio 100 Media. Little Airplane Productions will continue to focus on developing and producing new projects, in close cooperation with Studio 100’s animation studios: Studio 100 Animation in Paris and Flying Bark Productions in Sydney and will also continue developing for its third-party clients. Studio 100 Media (Munich) takes care of international content sales, the exploitation of licences and merchandising, as well as the worldwide distribution of new brands and productions.
"We have been impressed by the accomplishments of Little Airplane Productions and their great expertise in children’s and family entertainment. We are very much looking forward to producing world-class creations together,” concluded Hans Ulrich Stoef, CEO of Studio 100 Media and m4e.