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BLUEY LICENSING PROGRAMME LAUNCHES IN GSA

6 Jun - 2023

Tags from the story: BBC Studios, Bluey, Studio 100 Media.

BBC Studios has appointed Studio 100 Media as licensing agents for Bluey in GSA, with products launching in market this summer.

Licensees set to launch Bluey products in Germany in addition to master toy partner Moose Toys include Amscan (partyware and dress up) Hasbro (co-branded classic games and Play-Doh) HTI Toys (large role play, cases, bubbles and outdoor toys) OTL (headphones, walkie talkies, and microphones), Ravensburger (puzzles and proprietary formats), Stor (lunchboxes, bottles and tableware), and TOMY (Toomies bath toys).

Bluey currently airs on Disney+ and the Disney Channel in Germany and a German-language YouTube channel was recently launched which became the fastest growing foreign language Bluey channel in its first two weeks of launch. Globally, the show is screened in more than 60 countries.

Gaby Dior, EMEA Licensing Manager at BBC Studios, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Studio 100 team who bring a wealth of licensing experience in the preschool space in these markets. With their team of experts on board, the success of Bluey on the Disney platform, the launch of the German language YouTube channel and strong launch plans from Moose and other partners, we are ready! I am looking forward to building the Bluey programme in this key market for EMEA”.

We are thrilled to handle the licensing and merchandising rights for German-speaking territories, as Bluey is clearly the ‘next big thing’ in licensing”, said Martin Krieger, CEO of Studio 100 Media. “The show has taken international audiences by storm, and we are looking forward to pairing this great property with the right licensing partners”.

Widely lauded by parents and press alike for its heartfelt and funny portrayal of family life and celebration of play, the series follows Bluey, a Blue Heeler dog, who loves to play and turns everyday family life into extraordinary adventures that unfold in unpredictable and hilarious ways, bringing her family – including younger sister Bingo and parents Bandit and Chilli – as well as friends and community into her world of fun and discovery.

The series has enjoyed critical success internationally, recently winning a 2022 BAFTA Children & Young People Award in the International category and picking up its consecutive fourth AACTA Best Children’s Programme award to add to an International Emmy and numerous awards for craft and production around the world. Additionally, Bluey picked up Best Animated Series – Preschool at the Kidscreen Awards in February.

Moose Toys’ Heeler Family Home Playset has already been nominated for two awards in Germany including TOP 10 Spielzeug and Deutscher Spielzeugpreis 2023.

Bluey was named ‘Property of the Year’ at the recent Bologna Licensing Awards and ‘Best Pre-school Property 2022’ at the UK Licensing Awards and was the leading Preschool Toy growth property in the UK in 2022, doubling sales from 2021.

Jointly commissioned by BBC Studios Kids & Family and ABC Children’sBluey is produced by multi-Emmy award-winning Ludo Studio in association with Screen Queensland and Screen Australia.

The series is distributed internationally outside Australia by BBC Studios Kids & Family, who have a global broadcast deal with Disney for Bluey in all territories outside Australia, New Zealand and China.


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