BBC Worldwide Wins Rights to ‘Harry and Toto’ and ‘3rd and Bird!’

BBC Worldwide has been awarded the global rights to two preschool programs, “Harry and Toto” and “3rd and Bird!”

“Harry and Toto” is a 26 x 10 minute flash animation series for preschoolers from Handle and Spout Productions. BBC Worldwide has secured world TV rights (excluding the United States, non-French-speaking Canada, and Poland) and all other world rights including DVD, interactive, and merchandise.

“3rd & Bird!” is a 26 x 30 animation series from Little Airplane Productions. The deal sees BBC Worldwide take on cross-media rights including global program distribution, merchandising, and DVD.

The series was created by Josh Selig, who also created “The Wonder Pets!,” and will use Little Airplane’s signature “photo-puppetry animation.” Each episode is filled with music and songs and features Samuel Lovebird, an adorable young bird who is learning all about his family, his community and his friends. It will debut on CBeebies in autumn 2008.