Beta Film and WeKids join forces on kids’ entertainment
Munich and Beijing, 7 February 2019. Beta Film and WeKids, a leading Chinese content producer and distributor, are teaming up to bring world-class content to children around the world, including China and Asia. The partnership kicks off with Patchwork Pals (52x4’), a German animated pre-school series, pre-bought by the BBC, for which WeKids takes over distribution to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the rest of Asia, as well as English-speaking Canada. The series is directed and designed by Angela Steffen, with the second season being produced by Studio Film Bilder, co-financed by WeKids and supported by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg. Delivery of season two will start September 2019.
Beta Film and WeKids are already working successfully together in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong with respect to Beta Film’s Patchwork Pals first season, as well as the hit series Boo Boom and Rusty. Future collaborations between the two companies will include additional properties from Beta Film’s extensive Kids and Family catalogue.
Sean Chu, President and Founder of WeKids commented: “WeKids is excited to be working with Beta Film in bringing their outstanding kids’ animation to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Asia and English-speaking Canada. Patchwork Pals is a unique property with eye-popping animation and design that will make it an enduring favorite for Chinese kids and families. Indeed, Beta’s Kids and Family catalogue contains world-class properties that share characteristics that Chinese and Asian audiences love: memorable characters, high-quality animation, exciting, classic and engaging stories, and most important to parents in Asia, positive social and emotional messaging that is developmentally appropriate to their children. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Beta Film.”
Claudia Schmitt (VP International Sales and Acquisition Kids & Family Entertainment, Beta Film) adds: “In WeKids we have found a partner who understands to support and distribute children’s entertainment programs on a very high level. I’m very pleased that Beta will have a chance to help bring an outstanding kids’ show to China and English-speaking Canada.”
The Patchwork Pals a bunch of cuddly animals living on a patchwork blanket. They´ll bear any challenge to save the day; from the chicken whose egg is stuck, the fish with no more water, to the fox wants to eat everyone for breakfast. In this series for TV starters, the Patchwork Pals always find a way to help each other in the end. Season 1 of Patchwork Pals is produced by Studio Film Bilder in co-production with SWR and supported by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg and MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung.
About WeKids: WeKids Asia is China’s market leader in providing the best-in-class animation from around the world to kids and families in Greater China. WeKids, which was spun-off in December 2015 from Ciwen Media Group, works with both content and digital distribution partners to be the premiere on-demand destination for hundreds of millions of Chinese kids to view great animated programs from across the globe. To date, WeKids has acquired more than 100 titles of animated kids’ programs and branded them as BuddiesTV, which is available on multiple new media platforms that encompass online streaming video, IPTV, OTT, iOS and Android based Apps for mobile and tablet devices, in both Chinese and English. WeKids is now overseeing distribution throughout Asia.
About Beta Film: Beta Film is a leading international distributor of licenses rights for TV, HV, new media and theatrical with a portfolio of over 15.000 hours of program and established itself as a producer and co-producer of national and international high end drama. While the Beta Cinema portfolio comprises many Academy Award-nominated and -winning films, Unitel is the global leader in the production of classical audiovisual music recordings, with a film stock of around 1,500 productions. The corporate group also has stakes in several national and international production companies as well as special interest channels. Founded in 1959, Beta Film has been part of Jan Mojto's company group since 2004.
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