LONDON, UK/TORONTO CANADA – Boat Rocker Media has acquired FremantleMedia’s Kids & Family Entertainment division, headquartered in London, UK, with offices in New York and Hong Kong. Effective immediately, this acquisition signals Boat Rocker’s continued commitment to developing, producing and monetizing an expanded catalogue of premium kids & family entertainment while simultaneously enhancing Boat Rocker Rights’ global reach for its scripted and unscripted catalogue, now totaling over 6,000 half hours.
Established in 2010, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment has built an exceptional portfolio of 45+ brands consisting of over 150 series and 1,600 half hours of programming for children from pre-school to tweens/teens. FremantleMedia’s current Kids & Family Entertainment division will be integrated into Boat Rocker Media’s global distribution arm, Boat Rocker Rights, immediately expanding its scale and capabilities, particularly in European and Asian markets. Boat Rocker Rights is overseen by its President, Jon Rutherford.
Innovative brands such as Danger Mouse and Bitz & Bob will continue to be developed under the groundbreaking co-production agreement with the BBC as well as other leading global partners.
Current FremantleMedia Kids productions include Season 2 of Danger Mouse and Season 1 of Bitz & Bob with BBC Children’s; Season 1 of live-action sketch comedy, The Who Was? Show with Netflix and Penguin Young Readers; and animated comedy, Tasty Tales of the Food Truckers with Shellhut Media. The expanded Boat Rocker team will also be taking a robust development slate of original IP and adaptations that will begin rolling out as soon as February 2018 at Kidscreen.