Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nick Jr. USA Acquires Rights To "Wissper"; To Debut In 2016

Original m4e AG Press Release via m4e.de:

m4e signs with Nick Jr. for U.S. Broadcast of "Wissper"

m4e AG has signed a broadcasting deal with Nick Jr. on the new animated series "Wissper" for the United States.

Höhenkirchen/Munich, September 29, 2015: The preschool animation series "Wissper" (52 x 7 minutes) is set to make its debut in the U.S. on the Nick Jr. channel in 2016. Nickelodeon has secured the U.S.-broadcasting rights from German brand management and media company m4e AG, who is co-producing the highly anticipated TV-show with Absolutely Cuckoo, Telegael and Discreet Art Productions as well as BASTEI Media.

The series is being sold internationally by m4e AG, having been commissioned by Channel 5 in the UK for broadcast as part of its award-winning pre-school strand, Milkshake. "Wissper" is the first original commission for Milkshake to be picked up by Nickelodeon in the U.S. since its parent company Viacom Inc. completed its takeover of Channel 5 last year.

"We are very proud that Nick Jr. has picked up 'Wissper' for the U.S. market, and it confirms to us our high expectations for the show. This absolutely marks another significant milestone for establishing this property as a global preschool brand", says Hans Ulrich Stoef, CEO of m4e AG.

"Wissper" is aimed at preschoolers and children. The series concerns a perfectly normal little girl called Wissper, who has a very special talent – she is able to communicate with animals. She is thus in a position to understand their problems and then assist them. Consequently, Wissper the animal whisperer is a wholly natural heroine for young viewers all around the world.

Press Information

The 52 episodes of the CGI-animated TV-series are created by London-based animation studio Absolutely Cuckoo – known for the BBC-hit-series "Waybuloo" – in coproduction with m4e AG, Telegael (Ireland), Discreet Art Productions (India), and the German BASTEI Media GmbH, a subsidiary of publisher Bastei Lübbe AG. Episodes 1-26 will be available by end of 2015, episodes 27-52 by spring 2016. m4e manages the worldwide distribution.

Höhenkirchen/Munich, September 29, 2015
m4e AG – Executive Board


About m4e AG:

The m4e Group, founded in 2003, is an international brand management and media company focussing on children's and family entertainment content. m4e AG is a leader in creation, production, distribution and marketing of animated and live action programming. Its library of more than 2,200 episodes features some of the most recognizable brands such as "Lizzie McGuire", "Mia and me®", "Tip the Mouse", "Miffy", "Rainbow Fish", "Conni" and "Something Else".

The m4e Group includes Tex‐ass Textilvertriebs GmbH, Telescreen B.V., m4e Television GmbH, the joint venture companies Hahn & m4e Productions GmbH and YEP! TV Betriebs GmbH & Co.KG, as well as m4e Licensing & Merchandising, a full service agency/division that represents international entertainment brands such as "Tobot" or "Beyblade".

Since July 2007, m4e AG is listed on the Entry Standard at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN: DE000A0MSEQ3).

m4e Group – key facts:

* The full value‐added chain from one source

* Library of nearly 2,300 episodes of best children and family program

* Award‐winning shows in over 150 territories worldwide

* New shows in development/production: "Mia and me®" (season 3, feature film), "Wissper", "Atchoo!", "Me, Mum & Mystery" and many more


Additional source: C21 Media.
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