Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Milkshake! Commissions ‘Digby Dragon’ Season 2 from Blue Zoo

Series two sees Digby lead his friends on new quests to adventurous places, where they rise to the challenges that unfold.

London - Channel 5’s Milkshake! has commissioned Blue Zoo to produce a second 26-episode season of Digby Dragon!

The season will have its premiere first on Channel 5's Milkshake! preschool programming block in 2019, before heading to Nick Jr. UK & Ireland, which is also part the Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) portfolio.

Originally commissioned by Nickelodeon UK, the first season of the popular CG-animated series debuted on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland in July 2016 before launching on Milkshake! in February 2017. Since then, the show has reached 8.3 million viewers of the popular pre-k block. (BARB Feb 2017-27 June 2018.)

The second season, a Milkshake! Commission, season two will debut in 2019.

The first season follows dragon-in-training Digby and his colourful friends as they embark on adventures in Applecross Wood, learning how to overcome their fears and doubts using courage and determination.

Series two sees Digby lead his friends on new quests to exciting and adventurous places, where they rise to the challenges that unfold. The world feels a much larger place, and the young audience will be willing Digby and his friends along at every stage of their journey.

Digby Dragon is a gorgeous series which has become beloved by our audience. It’s a true UK success story, charming viewers around the world and we are so proud to be commissioning the second series and continuing the Milkshake! legacy of investing in great British content,” commented Alison Bakunowich, Senior Vice President (SVP) and General Manager (GM), Nickelodeon UK and Milkshake.

“The show has been phenomenal to work on and adored by children worldwide. We knew the combination of ambitious animation and positive, heartwarming storytelling would capture the imagination of preschoolers and their parents, and this show demonstrates that,” added Adam Shaw, Co-Founder, Blue Zoo.

26 brand new 11-minute adventures will be produced in total, with Nick Jr. UK and Milkshake! broadcasting in the UK, and Viacom broadcasting outlets in Latin America and Australia.

Digby Dragon, based on original work from Sally Hunter (Humphrey’s Corner), will continue to be produced by London’s Blue-Zoo, the studio behind shows like Go Jetters, Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small and Tree Fu Tom.

The news comes hot on the heels of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) naming Louise Bucknole as its new Vice President (VP) of programming, VIMN Kids. In the newly created role, Bucknole is tasked with driving ratings performance and brand strength for the Nickelodeon channels and Channel 5′s preschool programming block Milkshake! in the UK. She will also look to develop British preschool content to compete with global leaders in the field, continue to develop the VIMN Kids team and evolve both kids brands to continue to serve and reach their audiences.

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Sources:, Animation Magazine, Kidscreen, ToonZone Forums /@superkeegan9100.
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