DreamWorks Animation Buys Chapman Entertainment Library

Move further expands DWA's TV portfolio

DreamWorks Animation has acquired the library of U.K.-based kiddie TV company Chapman Entertainment in an expansion of its TV portfolio which will now comprise popular titles “Fifi and the Flowertots,” “ Roary the Racing Car,” “Raa Raa the Noisy Lion,” and “Little Charley Bear.”

These Chapman U.K.-produced brands will be sold through DreamWorks Animation’s UK-based TV distribution unit.

Chapman Entertainment was established in 2002 by “Bob the Builder” originator Keith Chapman and quickly gained prominence in the pre-school field.

DWA’s Chapman acquisition follows its purchase in July of 2012 of  New York-based Classic Media, which includes properties such as “Archie,” “Fat Albert,” “Rocky and Bullwinkle” and “The Lone Ranger” and is expected to account for about $50 million of DWA’s 2013 TV revenue.

Move also follows the appointment in July 2013 of veteran Nickelodeon executive Marjorie Cohn to run its new television group which is a significant growth area for the toon studio.

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