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.
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.