Toronto, Canada– Boat Rocker Rights announced that Universal Kids has acquired the US linear rights to the international hit tween series, The Next Step. A single-camera, half-hour tween drama that follows the lives of a group of elite dancers, The Next Step has already garnered international acclaim and is broadcast in over 120 countries worldwide.

Universal Kids has acquired seasons 1 through 5 (154 x 30’ episodes) from Boat Rocker Rights and BBC Worldwide, along with a production partnership for the sixth season, currently in production.  Season 6 (26 x 30’) will introduce fans to a talented new group of young dancers in addition to returning fan-favorites from previous seasons.  Boat Rocker Rights will now distribute the series worldwide, starting with season 6 and beyond.


“We are thrilled to be working with Universal Kids on this incredible brand,” said Jon Rutherford, President of Boat Rocker Rights. “The Next Step has been such a strong global success story over the past five years and we are confident that in the skillful hands of the Universal Kids team, it will be an equally powerful brand in the US market.”