Sutikki, the kids and family division of Bento Box Entertainment, announced a worldwide distribution agreement (excluding the US, UK and China) with 9 Story Distribution International.
Sutikki also appointed 9 Story Brands as its global merchandising and licensing agent (excluding the UK and China).
Sutikki and 9 Story will introduce Moon and Me – the new landmark preschool series created by Andrew Davenport (Teletubbies, In the Night Garden) to an international audience, beginning with MIPJunior and MIPCOM (October 13-18 in Cannes, France).
Moon and Me will make its global television premiere on BBC’s CBeebies channel in the UK this fall, followed by its U.S. debut on Universal Kids. It is being produced by Sutikki and Davenport’s Foundling Bird. Sutikki will continue to directly oversee commercial exploitation of the series in the UK via its dedicated office in London, and in China via a partnership with UYoung. It will work closely with 9 Story in all other key territories globally, including via the previously-announced global licensing partnerships with Hasbro and Scholastic.
“Since we began working on Moon and Me, we have always believed it to be a genuinely global brand,” said Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr, co-founders of Sutikki. “9 Story is a partner that we know very well, and whose international expertise will be key in achieving the global outcomes we have in mind for Andrew Davenport’s newest creation.”
Moon and Me was created by Davenport, who has created, produced, written and composed music for some of the most successful, award-winning, global preschool franchises. Inspired by well-loved tales of toys that come to life when no one is looking, Moon and Me breaks new ground in its technical, visual and conceptual ambition, and will create an exceptional new benchmark of quality and integrity for its young, global audience. It combines the latest production methods with traditional storytelling, comedy, and music to create a beautifully-constructed, picture-book world that will delight young children around the world.
“Sutikki and Foundling Bird have brought to life such an inspiring and creative world within Moon and Me and we are proud to be working with their teams and the creator of two of the most iconic preschool programs to ever be televised,” said Natalie Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer for 9 Story.
9 Story Distribution International is the international distribution arm of 9 Story Media Group, a leading content creator, producer and distributor of kids & family focused intellectual property.