BBC Studios has appointed Studio 100 Media as licensing agents for "Bluey" in GSA, with products launching in market this summer. “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," Gaby Dior, EMEA Licensing Manager at BBC Studios, said. "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.”
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 for Toomies bath toys.
Jointly commissioned by BBC Studios Kids & Family and ABC Children’s, Bluey 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. 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.
The series has been successful worldwide, 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 across the globe.Additionally, Bluey picked up Best Animated Series – Preschool at the Kidscreen Awards in February. “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.”
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. The series follows Bluey, a Blue Heeler dog, who loves to play and turns everyday family life into extraordinary adventures. The episodes include younger sister Bingo and parents Bandit and Chilli, as well as friends and other members of the community.