Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nickelodeon UK Acquires Rights To Preschool Series "Wissper" For Nick Jr. UK

Original m4e AG Press Release via

m4e inks international broadcast deals for WISSPER

- ZDF, Nickelodeon, Karusel, ZooMoo, Mediacorp, TIGA -

m4e AG strikes more global broadcast deals for it's co-production "Wissper", among them ZDF for Germany, Nickelodeon UK and Karusel for Russia

Höhenkirchen/Munich, June 23, 2016: Following the latest trade show MipTV, the German brand management and media company m4e AG has secured a number of international broadcast deals for its all-new CGI-animated series “Wissper”. The comedy-adventure has been picked up by German public broadcaster ZDF and is about to air later this year on its free-to-air kids channel KiKA. “Wissper” will also hit Austrian TV screens, since public broadcaster ORF acquired the series as well. m4e has furthermore sold the pay TV-rights for UK to Viacom International Media Networks Europe and its kids channel Nickelodeon.

Moreover, m4e is expanding its preschool property within the Russian market where “Wissper” is planned to go on air this fall on the leading kids channel Karusel. The Russian agency brand4rent is handling the licensing roll out, with first products to be launched this fall as well. The toy line by Simba Dickie will be launched in early 2017.

Further TV deals were also closed for Asia by Co-Producer Discreet Art Productions, where ZooMoo Networks Asia has picked up the pay TV-rights for Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Free-TV rights were acquired by Thailand’s TIGA and Singapore’s Mediacorp television network, where it will air on the leading kids channel OKTO.

Aimed at preschool children, “Wissper” follows the adventures of a little girl by the same name who has a very special talent – she is able to communicate with animals. This allows her to understand their problems and help solve them. Wissper the “animal whisperer” is a beloved character for young viewers all around the world.

The 52 episodes of the CGI-animated TV-series were created by Dan Good – known for the BBC-hit-series “Waybuloo” – in a coproduction between his London-based animation studio Absolutely Cuckoo and m4e AG, Telegael (Ireland), Discreet Art Productions (India), and the German BASTEI Media GmbH, a subsidiary of publisher Bastei Lübbe AG. Originally commissioned by Channel 5’s kids strand Milkshake!, the animated comedy-adventure is already being successfully broadcast in many countries. The brand’s worldwide distribution is managed by m4e.



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 2,300 episodes features some of the most recognizable brands such as “Lizzie McGuire”, “Mia and me®”, “Tip the Mouse”, “Wissper”, “Miffy”, “Rainbow Fish” and “Conni”.

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 “Beyblade” or “Yo‐kai Watch”.

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 & 4, feature film), “Me, Mum & Mystery” and many more


Nick Jr. USA has also acquired the broadcast rights to Wissper, with plans to Debut the brand-new preschool series later this year!
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