M4e signs with Nick Jr. for U.S. Broadcast of “Wissper”
m4e AG has signed a broadcasting deal with Nick Jr. on the new animated series “Wissper” for the United States.
The preschool animation series “Wissper” (52 x 7 minutes) is set to make its debut in the U.S. on the Nick Jr. channel in 2016. Nickelodeon has secured the U.S.-broadcasting rights from German brand management and media company m4e AG, who is co-producing the highly anticipated TV-show with Absolutely Cuckoo, Telegael and Discreet Art Productions as well as BASTEI Media.
The series is being sold internationally by m4e AG, having been commissioned by Channel 5 in the UK for broadcast as part of its award-winning pre-school strand, Milkshake. “Wissper” is the first original commission for Milkshake to be picked up by Nickelodeon in the U.S. since its parent company Viacom Inc. completed its takeover of Channel 5 last year.
“We are very proud that Nick Jr. has picked up ‘Wissper’ for the U.S. market, and it confirms to us our high expectations for the show. This absolutely marks another significant milestone for establishing this property as a global preschool brand”, says Hans Ulrich Stoef, CEO of m4e AG.
“Wissper” is aimed at preschoolers and children. The series concerns a perfectly normal little girl called Wissper, who has a very special talent – she is able to communicate with animals. She is thus in a position to understand their problems and then assist them. Consequently, Wissper the animal whisperer is a wholly natural heroine for young viewers all around the world.
The 52 episodes of the CGI-animated TV-series are created by London-based animation studio Absolutely Cuckoo – known for the BBC-hit-series “Waybuloo” – in coproduction with m4e AG, Telegael (Ireland), Discreet Art Productions (India), and the German BASTEI Media GmbH, a subsidiary of publisher Bastei Lübbe AG. Episodes 1-26 will be available by end of 2015, episodes 27-52 by spring 2016. m4e manages the worldwide distribution.