Toronto/Los Angeles (October 8, 2014) – Leading children/family executive producer and distributor, Bejuba! Entertainment announced that is has acquired the Asian television distribution rights from Ideate Media for the highly anticipated pre-school series BUBBLE BATH BAY making it the worldwide television digital and home entertainment distributor, excluding Australia. The series produced by Essential Media and Entertainment, Malaysia’s Ideate Media, Telegael Ireland and Lemon Sky Games and Animation of Malaysia in association with Shambles Entertainment will make its premiere at MIPCOM Junior.
“We’re delighted to have secured the Asian rights to this exciting series making us the global distributor and are so excited that we’ll have the first episodes ready to premiere for the first time ever at the MIPCOM Junior screenings,” said Tatiana Kober, President, Bejuba! Entertainment.
“We’re very pleased to have Bejuba! managing the Asian rights to the series making it a seamless and coordinated sales effort,” added Zainir Aminullah CEO, Ideate. “With their impressive track record and unwavering support, we’re delighted for them to present Bubble Bath Bay to the buying community.”
“Working with our partners at Telegael and Ideate has been a fantastic experience on what is truly a co-production on a global scale,” commented Carmel Travers, Producer. “Everyone contributed significantly to the project and played to their strengths to create a truly unique and wonderful series. We are thrilled with the outcome and extremely excited to bring Bubble Bath Bay to MIP Junior and eventually to audiences around the world.”
Based on an original concept by Gareth Eden Styche of Shambles Entertainment, BUBBLE BATH BAY (52 x 11 minutes/26 x half hours) follows Sydney, the sailboat and his best friend Zip, the trainee water taxi as they learn the ropes in Bubble Bath Bay.
The series has been commissioned by ABC Australia. Directed by former Disney Studios Animation director Steve Trenbirth, the series is executive produced by Carmel Travers and Chris Hilton from Essential Media, Ideate Media’s Zainir Aminullah, Paul Cummins of Telegael and Cheng Fei Wong of Lemon Sky Games and Animation. It is the first production deal signed by Ideate, a co-venture between Astro Overseas and Khazanah Nasional, the investment holdings arm of the government of Malaysia, to produce animated and live-action films and TV content.
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About Essential Media & Entertainment
Essential Media and Entertainment is one of Australia’s leading multi-genre independent production companies with a proven track record in high quality screen and digital content for both local and international audiences. Based in Sydney, with offices in Melbourne, Los Angeles and Toronto, Essential is currently producing feature films, television drama, factual series, lifestyle programming and animation. Recent successes include award-winning drama series Rake and Jack Irish, factual series Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide, MY24 and Kids on Speed?, lifestyle hits Gourmet Farmer and Shane Delia’s Spice Journey. In the kids’ space, Essential is currently producing the pre-school animated series Bubble Bath Bay for ABC Children’s and Telegael Ireland.
About Bejuba! Entertainment Inc.
Bejuba! Entertainment is a leading boutique executive production and distribution company which brings top quality children’s and family entertainment to the global marketplace. The catalogue is filled with over 500 half hours of award-winning content. Bejuba! specializes in distribution, rights management, co-productions, closing-gap financing, third-party acquisitions, licensing & merchandising. The company maintains a growing catalogue of award-winning children’s and family-oriented animated and live-action programs. Titles include Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave, The Hive, Big Block SingSong, Buzz Bumble, and Fuzzy Tales. Bejuba! Entertainment has offices in Canada and the US.