Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Mattel Announces Global Renewal of Hit Animated Series 'Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go'

Mattel Announces Global Renewal of Hit Animated Series Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go

El Segundo, CA – October 11, 2022 – Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) announced today that it has renewed Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, the highly successful animated series based on Thomas the Tank Engine, for two additional seasons. Corus Entertainment's Nelvana Studios has begun co-production with Mattel Television on the two new seasons which are set to deliver in 2023. Building upon the emphatic reception to Season 26 and the introduction of the series’ first autistic character, Bruno the Brake Car, seasons 27 and 28 will continue to broaden the global viewership of the celebrated series and are comprised of 26 11-minute episodes; each series also includes its own 60-minute special.

Season 27 finds the Number One Engine and his Sodor squad more ready than ever, as surprises await them around every turn. From cleaning up the muddiest of messes to the grand opening of a bakery-café, Thomas, Percy, Kana, Nia, Diesel and Bruno are all aboard for more memories and hijinks. No matter how big the delivery or impossible the task, there is nothing that Thomas and his friends can't accomplish together.

“The global impact of Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go is as strong as ever and has been reinforced through the franchise’s recent introduction of Bruno,” said Fred Soulie, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mattel Television. “Alongside our global broadcast partners, we’re excited to maintain the Thomas & Friends legacy by continuing the beloved adventures of Thomas and the Sodor crew, all while allowing audiences to revel in the playful nature of the series and further connect with our characters.”

Global distribution agreements for seasons 25 and 26, the most recent seasons of Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go (each consisting of 52 11-minute episodes and 1 60-minute special each), include long-standing partners such as Warner Bros. Discovery (Pan-LATAM and US), Milkshake and Nick Jr. (UK), Televisa (Mexico), TV Cultura (Brazil), TF1 (France), Treehouse (Canada), WarnerMedia (EMEA), ABC Kids (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), NHK (Japan), BesTV, Youku, iQIYI, Tencent Video, and Mango TV (China), CJ ENM (S. Korea), TVB and PCCW Media Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong), MOMO Kids Channel (Taiwan), FPT Television Co., Ltd. (Vietnam), rtv (Indonesia), Measat Broadcast Network Sdn Bhd (Malaysia), Mediacorp (Singapore), TrueVisions Group Co., Ltd. (Thailand), Noga (Israel), TV3 (Baltics), as well as Netflix (multi-territory).

Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go is co-produced by Mattel Television and Nelvana, a world-leading producer, distributor, and licensor of children’s animated and live-action content, and is executive produced by Christopher Keenan and Fred Soulie for Mattel and by Colin Bohm, Doug Murphy, and Pam Westman for Nelvana.


About Mattel

Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain, and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Fisher-Price®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends®, UNO®, and MEGA®, as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming and digital experiences, music, and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and ecommerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. Visit us online at mattel.com.

About Nelvana

Entertaining kids for over 50 years, Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children's animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and action series, and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana's content airs on Corus Entertainment's kids channels in Canada and in over 180 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has over 4,800 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Canadian Screen Awards. Visit the Nelvana website at nelvana.com.


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