Los Angeles, California – HIP has signed new international broadcast agreements for the long-form series based on internet phenomenon Annoying Orange and the new preschool series Driftwood Bay.
“HIP is committed to serving the needs of our clients, both the producers whose content we represent and the broadcasters whose programming needs are a top priority,” said Richard Goldsmith, EVP, Global Distribution for The Jim Henson Company. “Our diverse programming has allowed us to grow our business while augmenting the opportunities for both our programming partners and our distribution clients. The more variety there is in our catalogue, the more broadcasters we’re able to work with and supply top notch content.”
HIP serves as the exclusive worldwide distributor of the Annoying Orange series, currently airing on the Cartoon Network in the U.S. and ABC in Australia. In Asia, HIP has licensed the international broadcast rights to CJ E&M’s anime channel, Tooniverse, in South Korea. HIP also handles home entertainment and digital platform distribution for the property, and has signed an SVOD deal for Southeast Asia with Tune Box.
Dane Boedigheimer and Tom Sheppard (Pinky and the Brain) co-created the television series while The Collective developed and produced the project. Conrad Vernon (Madagascar 3, Monsters vs. Aliens) serves as executive producer along with Gary Binkow and Dan Weinstein of Collective Digital Studio.
The mixed media children’s series Driftwood Bay comes to HIP through an extension of The Jim Henson Company’s ongoing partnership with Sixteen South Television (the two produce children’s series Pajanimals). The series is produced by Colin Williams (Pajanimals, Big & Small), directed by Darren Vandenburg and script edited by Sam Barlow (Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder).