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July 18, 2022
Thunderbird Entertainment Group and Thunderbird Distribution have acquired global media (excluding Canada and the U.K.) and consumer products rights to new preschool series, “Mittens & Pants.”
The live-action series, produced by Toronto-based Windy Isle Entertainment, is a CBC Kids original production that will debut on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada this fall. In the U.K., Sky has pre-bought the series, which will bow on its Sky Kids on-demand platforms this fall.
“Mittens & Pants” (39 x seven minutes) is a live-action series featuring best friends, Mittens the kitten and Pants the puppy, as they go on adventures that are packed with action, humor and drama in their all-animal town of Kibble Corners. “Mittens & Pants” celebrates the joys of having friends who are different than you. The relationships between the shy, curious kitten, the energetic puppy and their furry (and feathered) friends and families drive the storytelling. Created by Phil McCordic, chief executive officer, Windy Isle Entertainment, “Mittens & Pants’” live-action world stars real baby animals that are voiced by kids.
“Over the last 18 months, our new distribution team has been focused on financing and distributing productions created by Thunderbird’s Kids and Family and Scripted divisions,” says Richard Goldsmith, president, global distribution and consumer products, Thunderbird Entertainment Group. “We are now also looking to invest in more exceptional commercial properties created by other extraordinary producers. With media distribution, consumer products and marketing under one roof, Thunderbird Distribution is looking for content that can both entertain audiences globally and develop into brands that are beloved by fans. The world and content that Phil McCordic created for ‘Mittens & Pants’ meets these objectives perfectly. We believe that preschoolers will fall in love with this special series and its adorable characters. We can’t wait to share it with platforms.”
“We could not think of a better partner than Thunderbird Distribution to bring ‘Mittens & Pants’ to the global market and are very happy to be working with a team that has been so supportive and enthusiastic from the beginning,” says McCordic. “The series has been incredibly challenging and rewarding to produce and we are confident that we have created something that will delight kids and give them a different kind of series to watch. We’re off to a great start with CBC and Sky and are looking to make tracks all over the globe soon.”
The series was produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, with the assistance of Ontario Creates and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund.
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