This is matched in the rest of the world where a raft of new international broadcaster deals to take Thomas & Friends series and specials includes: ABC TV (Australia), Channel 5 (UK), Minimini (Poland), Next (South Africa) and RTÉ (Ireland).

In addition to its broadcast success, the eleventh feature-length special Thomas & Friends: The Great Race has recently landed national-wide theatrical releases in the UK, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico and for the first time ever, Italy, with over 70 cinemas taking part in the screenings.

Also announced at MIPCOM, Mattel Creations have signed a new deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for European home entertainment distribution of Thomas & Friends specials in Benelux, Greece, Turkey and Czech Republic. The deal also includes European home entertainment distribution of Thomas & Friends Series 20 in Italy, France, Malta, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Luxembourg, Andorra and French language Belgium.