Monday, March 28, 2016

Nickelodeon Acquires Global Rights To New Preschool Series "Peckles"

Nickelodeon has picked up the global rights to Peckles, a brand-new preschool comedy series about a little bird who has a big heart, from Dublin-based animation house Jam Media!

Under the $7.5m (€6.7m) deal, the all-new preschool series (52x11') will air on more than 70 Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels around the world (Nickelodeon International).

Additionally, the American publishing rights for a Peckles storybook have been sold to Walker, with the non-US rights snapped up by Egmont. Jam Media are also in advanced negotiations over a multimillion-dollar toy and merchandising deal for the preschool property. "It's all about breaking the US," said John Rice, a co-founder and chief executive of Jam Media.

Peckles is an exciting, new entertainment show for preschoolers. Peckles is a unique little bird who wears a pink woolly hat and overcomes obstacles with the courage of an Eagle! She has an innate curiosity and a wonderful way of looking at things. From her quirky dress sense to her hobbies – Peckles is a Bird like no other and chirps to her own tune! Her can-do attitude allows her big ideas to take flight on the most fantastical adventures with her three best friends – Stewy, Pedro and Sylvia. Peckles infectious enthusiasm encourages her besties, aka The Wild Bunch, to seek out adventure in Wagtail Woods and boldly go where no Bird, Worm, Squirrel and Badger have gone before! The Wild Bunch haven't been everywhere, but it's on Peckles' list!

Peckles merges live action, puppetry and 2D and 3D animation – creating a textured world that the audience will want to reach out and touch!

Peckles started life as an idea in the mind of Dublin student Conor Finnegan.

The preschool series was pitched by Ireland's Jam Media at Cartoon Forum in Toulouse in 2014 under the title Early Bird and attracted strong interest from buyers bewitched by its unique style. Nickelodeon licensed the series at Animation Dingle 2015.

Watch Jam Media's Peckles trailer here on!

Sources: The Sunday Times, Ian David Hamilton, C21 Media.
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