Pukeko Pictures has signed a development deal with Chinese entertainment group, Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company (GHCAC), to produce Kiddets, a sister series to Pukeko Pictures’ pre-school animated series, The WotWots.
Kiddets is being developed as an official TV co-production under the China-NZ co-production treaty which was last year extended from film only productions to include TV. Pukeko Pictures’ CEO, Clive Spink, said the deal had been in train for some time, and wasn’t intended to be a one-show agreement. “It’s all about finding good partners to work with. We want Kiddets to be the first of many business ventures with Guangdong Huawen Century Animation Company over the next 10 years or more.”
Martin Baynton, creator of The WotWots, noted the show had sold to over 100 countries, including many Asian territories. A deal some time back saw Pukeko create China-specific material to expand the original show. Kiddets is a further expansion of the franchise.
Wang Bing, CEO and Executive Producer at GHCAC, explained the work would mostly be split between NZ handling creative, scripts and design, with GHCAC doing the animation work in China.
back row, from left: Katie Frost (Film Wellington), Martin Baynton (Pukeko Pictures), Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Cui Xuewen (Huawen Century), Meng Nan (Huawen Century), Wang Bing (Huawen Century)
at table, from left: Clive Spink (Pukeko Pictures), Wen Jianfeng (Huawen Century).