New The ZhuZhus Broadcasting Rights Deal For Turner UK, Nordics And France
Canadian children’s television production company – Nelvana (owned by Corus Communications) has signed a broadcasting rights deal with Turner UK, Nordics and France to air The ZhuZhus, an animated show about a gang of adventurous talking hamsters with diverse personalities and also their owner – Frankie. The deal includes brand new episodes that will air later in the year.
In addition to new episodes of The ZhuZhus on Boomerang UK and on Turner’s kids channels in France during June (with even more coming in November), the show will also debut in the Nordic region this October. The ZhuZhus premiered on Boomerang UK and Ireland last month and new episodes are airing in Boomerang UK’s New Saturdays programming block.
From The Corus Communications Press Release: Nelvana Partners with Turner to Bring The ZhuZhus ‘Zhuniverse’ to Viewers Across Europe: Nelvana Extends The Zhuzhus Brand with New Broadcast Partner and Signs New Licensing Agents Around the World
Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has inked a broadcast deal with Turner to bring the delightful adventures of The ZhuZhus to viewers across Europe. Nelvana negotiated the long-term broadcast deal for the show with Turner for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, and Cartoonito across the U.K., France, and the Nordics. Episodes began rolling out in the U.K. and France this month with another set of new episodes slated for November. The series will debut in the Nordic regions beginning in October.
“The fur-raising adventures of The ZhuZhus has tickled the funny bone of viewers all around the world,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana. “We’re very excited to be adding to our broadcast schedule with exemplary partners that will bring the laugh-out-loud show to viewers throughout the region.”
Additionally, Nelvana has signed on six new licensing agents for the furry animated series around the world. Partners and territories include:
Discovery Italia in Italy
License Connection in The Benelux Union (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
Licensing Dynamics International in Israel
Megalicense in Russia and CIS territories
Popcorn Brand Activity in Portugal
20too Licensing in the Middle East
The ZhuZhus is based on the hugely-popular ZhuZhu Pets toy line from St. Louis, MO-based Cepia, LLC, the mastermind behind the irresistible and always-entertaining lifelike robotic hamsters that became a phenomenon when they were first introduced.