A Bristol production studio has entered into a licensing deal that will see its animated series Dodo, inspired by its creator’s school in Portishead, broadcast on two major US networks.
Wildseed Studios, which is based in St Nicholas House near Castle Park, has reached an agreement with the Kids and Family division of entertainment giant Warner Media to have the program available on HBO Max and Cartoon Network starting next year. .
The deal was negotiated by London-based family entertainment brand distributor CAKE.
The 20-part series follows the story of schoolboy Joe as he goes through his freshman year in high school. The comedy features the vocals of the singer from Kaiser Chiefs and The voice Judge Ricky Wilson and Derry Girls actor Dylan Llewellyn.
The show is based on an award-winning short film Not the end of the world, which was written, directed and hosted by Jack Bennett while studying at the University of the West of England.
Mr Bennett based some of the story and characters in the film from his own experiences studying at the Gordano School in the coastal town of North Somerset.
Wildseed Studios was originally commissioned to adapt the series by Sky Kids, and company chief executive Miles Bullough said he was “thrilled” to be able to reach new audiences in the United States now.
Mr Bullough said: “Very British in both humor and hero, we are confident that Jack’s characters and stories will resonate and entertain viewers in the US as they have here in the UK . “
Founded in 2013, Wildseed Studios has previously won a BAFTA award for its work on the children’s series Lottie bearshout.
The company is currently inviting creators to submit live action or animation projects that appeal to audiences under the age of 30, with successful applicants receiving up to £ 10,000 to develop their idea with support from the team. production of Wildseed Studios.
Bristol is renowned for being a hotbed for television and film production. Earlier this year, another independent animation studio based in the city, A Productions, was jointly recognized with a national television award for the preschool series CBeebies. JoJo and Gran Gran, alongside BBC Children’s In-House Productions.
Bristol is also home to Academy Award-winning studio Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace and Gromit.
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