JETPACK DISTRIBUTION POWERS UP WITH TWO HIT PRE-SCHOOL ACQUISITIONS ‘DAISY & OLLIE’ AND ‘PIP AHOY!’
18 Sep 2018
Ahead of MIPJUNIOR and MIPCOM in Cannes this October, Jetpack will be looking to secure further homes for the popular and loveable pre-school properties that are already proven hits with kids and parents in the UK and beyond.
Daisy & Ollielaunched in the UK in November 2017, quickly becoming Cartoonito’s most watched programme at launch and remaining one of the channels most popular shows. It encourages young children to be curious and question the world around them. These questions can range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the serious to the silly... and everything in between.
British comedian Jason Manford voices two of the characters (Daisy’s Daddy and Whizzy the robot), also acting as executive producer and writing many of the scripts.
Pip Ahoy! launched in the UK in 2014 to huge acclaim and is now part of the exclusive line-up of iTVBe’s brand new children’s pre-school block LittleBe. The channel has acquired all three seasons and will broadcast twice daily, Monday to Friday. Other UK broadcast partners for Pip Ahoy!include Cartoonito and YouTube channel Wizz! The series is a warm and boisterous show that centres around Pip and his friends carrying out a rescue here, solving a problem there, taking care of their close-knit community and looking out for others. It features the inimitable voice of Sir David Jason, who plays Skipper an old seadog and Pip’s Uncle.
Pip Ahoy! also extends its reach off-screen in the UK with the recent renewal of both its master toy and apparel licenses and, in association with licensee PJSL, this summer has seen Pip ‘meet and greets’ in several popular family entertainment parks across the UK. The feedback has been so positive, the owner, CHF Pip! Plc and PJSL are currently in discussion with two parks for a long-term on-site Pip Ahoy! live show.
Jetpack Distribution’s CEO Dominic Gardiner says: Daisy & Ollieand Pip Ahoy! are brilliant additions to our pre-school catalogue and have proven track records in engaging and delighting kids and their parents. Both shows encourage kids to learn about the world around them in a fun and sometimes silly way. They offer a great blend of loveable characters, comedy and storytelling, something we always look to offer our global buyers and audiences.
Jenny Johnstone, commercial director CHF Media, says: “With a firm footprint now established in the UK, we have been working on behalf of the brand owners for both Pip Ahoy! and Daisy & Ollie to find the right distribution partner to whom we can now hand over these rights. We wanted to find a company that not only had an excellent market reputation but one that really understood these two very different shows.”
Adrian Wilkins, CEO CHF Media, adds: “Jetpack impressed us from day one and we are delighted to be announcing this partnership with Jetpack and the Pip Ahoy! and Daisy & Ollie brand owners. This really does mark an exciting time for the shows and we are looking forward to stepping back and watching them grow!”