Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep has expanded its international presence, securing a raft of new TV and licensing deals in more than 150 territories as well as picking up accolades including the Cristal Award for Best TV Production at the Annecy Animated Film Festival 2007 and, the Audience Choice Award at the World Comedy Film Festival 2007 and winner of the Age 5-10 Audience and Parent’s Choice Awards at the New York International Film Festival 2007.
Aardman International’s latest global deals include a broadcast deal with Teletoon Canada and a video and licensing deal in the United States and Canada with HIT Entertainment. TV rights have been secured by RAI in Italy, RTE in Eire, RUV in Iceland, RTV in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fox TV in Serbia, Slovak TV in Slovakia, LRT in Lithuania, TV3 in Latvia, RTV in Slovenia, MBC 3 and Emirates Cable TV in the Middle East, RTP2 in Portugal, and EBS Korea.
Video rights have also been picked up in Korea by KBS Media, in Poland by Media Way, and LNK in Portugal. Elsewhere video rights deals have been signed with Concorde in Germany, CNR/Tabtoo in the Netherlands, and Grand Entertainment in Croatia. Merchandise and promotional rights have been secured by Biplano Licensing for Spain and Portugal.