Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Zealand Public Broadcaster TVNZ Acquires Broadcast Rights For The Popular CGI-Animated Series "Matt Hatter Chronicles" For TV2's Weekend Children's Programming Block, 2Kids; To Premiere During Spring 2013

From C21Media:
TVNZ puts on Hatter

New Zealand pubcaster TVNZ has picked up UK/Canadian animated series Matt Hatter Chronicles, following a recent deal for the show in Australia.

[Matt Hatter Chronicles]

The 26x30' boys-skewing CGI cartoon will debut next spring on TVNZ channel TV2 as part of its weekend programming block 2Kids.

The deal extends the toon’s reach down under, after it was acquired last month by Aussie [Australian] DTT network Eleven, which is operated by Network Ten and CBS Studios International.

The show is produced by UK indie Platinum Films and Toronto-based Dream Mill, and animated by Gnomeo & Juliet studio Arc Productions. It has aired on several Nickelodeon channels around the world, including in Australia and New Zealand.

Endemol Worldwide Distribution previously distributed the series but rights to the show, as well as Dream Street and Planet Cook, have since reverted to Platinum.

Former V&S Entertainment exec Natalie Llewellyn has been hired as head of international programming to exploit the Pinewood Studios-based prodco’s new portfolio, while a third season of Matt Hatter is currently in pre-production.

The toon follows the adventures of a thrill-seeking young boy and has also aired on CiTV in the UK, Canada’s Teletoon, RTÉ in Ireland, SABC in South Africa and Al Jazeera’s Children’s Channel in the Middle East.

Nico Franks

TAGS: Acquisition
GENRES: Animation, Children's
SHOWS: Matt Hatter Chronicles
COMPANIES: Arc Productions, Dream Mill, Nickelodeon, Platinum, TV2, TVNZ
COUNTRIES: New Zealand
Also, from Kidscreen's iKids:
TVNZ picks up Matt Hatter Chronicles

New Zealand’s TVNZ has snapped up the hit boy-skewing, CG-animated series Matt Hatter Chronicles for its free-to-air channel TV2.

The Arc Productions-animated series, from UK-based Platinum Films and Toronto-based Dream Mill, is set to make its TV2 premiere in 2013 as part of the spring lineup for the 2Kids weekend programming block. The launch will also be supported by an online and social media digital interactive component at

The series, which has been a ratings success on Nicktoons and ITV in the UK, debuted on Canada’s Teletoon (English and French speaking) on September 8 and additional broadcasters on-board include Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand), RTE (Eire), SABC (South Africa) and JCC (Middle East).

The new deal comes on the heels of Australia’s Network Ten grabbing the series for its free-to-air channel ELEVEN.

Tags: Dream Mill, Matt Hatter Chronicles, Platinum Films, TVNZ