Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced its partnership with New Zealand based Pukeko Pictures to launch Kiddets, a sister series to hit animated preschool show, The WotWots.
Expanding The WotWots franchise with 52 brand new adventures, Kiddets will introduce five new WotWot characters, young space cadets in training, at a play school space academy on planet WotWot. Under the watchful eye of SpottyWot and DottyWot who are based on planet Earth, Patches, Dapper, Bounce, Stripes and Luna will learn all the skills they need to embark on a mission to a new world.
Appealing to existing fans of the original series, Kiddets will also have a broader audience appeal including older preschool children, with each 11 minute episode demonstrating the positive values of teamwork and the building blocks of true and enduring friendship.
Under the agreement, CAKE will have worldwide distribution rights excluding Australia, New Zealand and Greater China to Kiddets. The agreement also extends to North American and European rights (for series 2) of the original Pukeko Pictures show The WotWots (78 x 11’), a global hit series that has aired in over a hundred countries and which included an extensive licensing programme.
Kiddets is co-produced by Pukeko Pictures and Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company and is the first official children’s television co-production between New Zealand and China.
CCO & Managing Director, Ed Galton from CAKE said, “It is a privilege to be partnering with Pukeko Pictures on Kiddets, the latest much-anticipated addition to the globally successful The WotWots franchise. Young children will delight in this enchanting new series and with its broader audience appeal, we are looking forward to welcoming a host of new fans to Planet WotWot!”
Richard Taylor, Co-Owner of Pukeko Pictures said: “It’s essential to find visionary partners to work with and we have forged a deep relationship with our Chinese colleagues that gives us, together with Ed Galton and his team at CAKE, an incredibly strong springboard to launch this dynamic and engaging show globally.”
Martin Baynton, Creator of Kiddets and The WotWots said: ‘Right from the start the world of The WotWots was envisaged as a big story landscape where an entire race LOVE to learn, to explore and to discover – just like our young audience. We dipped our toes into this rich world with The WotWots, now with Kiddets we are up to our knees and we can’t wait to share it with everyone!”
CAKE is one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies specialising in the production, distribution, development, financing and brand development of kids’ and family properties. CAKE works with renowned producers of animation and live-action content, including Rovio Entertainment Ltd, Channel X, Fresh TV, Komixx and Scholastic on the worldwide roll out of their brands. In addition, CAKE partners with production companies such as TeamTO, Thuristar, Paper Owl, Cheeky Little Media, Mighty Nice and Kickstart Productions, co-producing exciting new entertainment properties and turning them into aspiring brands, including the award-winning Bottersnikes & Gumbles, currently being introduced on TV, in publishing and on gaming platforms.
An award-winning company, CAKE was most recently voted Investor/Distributor of the Year at Cartoon Forum 2016. CAKE is based in London and is headed up by Ed Galton and Tom van Waveren.
About Pukeko Pictures:
Pukeko Pictures is an independent entertainment production company focused on the development and production of world-class, multi-platform entertainment for a global audience. Pukeko Pictures was formed in 2008 by Sir Richard Taylor, Tania Rodger and Martin Baynton, and is located in Wellington, New Zealand. With a connection to the world famous Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong, Lord of the Rings), Pukeko Pictures is uniquely positioned in the creation of world-leading entertainment, harnessing the best in global talent and world-class production processes. Weta Workshop is not to be confused with Weta Digital, the VFX company owned by Peter Jackson.