November 10, 2020

Coolabi Group launches new YouTube video series Classical Clangers

Launching on the Clangers official YouTube channel on Monday 9th November, Classical Clangers is a video series featuring iconic classical music performed by the characters and incorporating the magical sounds from the Little Blue Planet. The series aims to introduce pre-schoolers and their families to the wonderful world of Classical music.

 

Six tracks have been composed by Grammy award winner, John du Prez, and will also be available to stream and download from all major music platforms.

 

Watch the Classical Clangers videos here (Link to Classical Clangers on YouTube)

November 9, 2020

Coolabi Group announces the new Roblox game “Escape Scream Street”

To celebrate the return of Scream Street for a second series on CBBC, Coolabi Group has released “Escape Scream Street” a Roblox Obby game that will see players venture through 20+ stages of obstacles as they sneak past giant vampires, run from werewolves, and escape spooky traps to find their way out.

 

Players will be immersed in the show as they play the game, greeted by the characters going through different houses on the street to stop the slime from the underworld flooding and destroying Scream Street.

 

Co-developed by Coolabi Group and Burro Pinata (an independent Roblox developer and YouTuber), Escape Scream Street is a free to play game with optional in-game purchases and 20+ stages over 5 levels giving players 12-20 minutes of enjoyable gameplay with more content to be added in future updates.

 

New episodes of Scream Street now on BBC iPlayer

Find the Roblox game here (link to game on Roblox)

September 30, 2020

Jetpack appointed as distributor for Clangers TV series

Today, independent kids and family content distributor company Jetpack Distribution announces it has been appointed to distribute Coolabi Group’s iconic pre-school stop motion animated show Clangers.

This includes three seasons of the BAFTA award winning show, which currently airs on CBeebies in the UK.

Season one comprises 52 x 11 minutes, season two 26 x 11 minutes and season three 26 x 11 minutes. The deal covers all audio-visual rights for territories worldwide, excluding the UK, Australia and China.

The Clangers are a family of lovable, pink, mouse-like creatures who live out in space on their Little Blue Planet. The planet’s surface is peppered with holes topped with metal dustbin lids, which flip open with a ‘Clang!’ to reveal steps down to their home beneath the surface of the planet which contains a series of interconnecting tunnels and caves.

Clangers are kind, welcoming, warm and generous. They are inclusive and quirky, which often results in comedy from the situations they find themselves in. They are problem solvers too, usually discovering that the help of others is the solution. They communicate with distinctive whistles and a narrator assists the audience by commenting on their everyday events and adventures, rather like a knowing wildlife observer.

Co-produced by CBeebies, Coolabi Group and Smallfilms, the all new episodes have been animated by Factory (Scream Street, Newzoids)  in the UK.

Jetpack CEO, Dominic Gardiner says: “Clangers has a timeless magic. It’s truly delightful for young children and their parents. As well as being highly entertaining and making them laugh, it’s helping children appreciate important developmental aspects such as team work.”

He adds: “Quality content for children is imperative right now. As parents and professionals, we hugely value shows made with heart and soul which nourish young viewers.”

Allison Watkins, Director of Licensing and TV Distribution at Coolabi commented: “Dominic and his amazing team at Jetpack are recognised as being one of the best children’s content distributors in the world and we are delighted to have the Clangers join their family.”

September 24, 2020

Brand new Scream Street to return this Halloween

Independent international rights owner, Coolabi Group has announced today that CBBC is to welcome Series 2 of spook-tastic stop-motion animation, ‘Scream Street’ back to the neighbourhood.

Based on the hit book series of the same name by Tommy Donbavand, the all new, fast-paced and hilarious 26 x 11’ series features a whole host of new characters and rib-tickling adventures that are guaranteed to spook kids silly this Halloween.

The Scream Street gang includes Luke the teenage werewolf, Resus the Vampire, savvy 4,000 year-old Mummy, Cleo, Luella the trainee witch, surf-dude zombie Doug and Frankenstein-style creation Six. This season they go on their most outrageous adventures yet, featuring thrills, chills and a lot of laughs.

Six is a brand-new character for Series 2, who is the same age as most of the gang, but born yesterday, and along with Luella and Cleo, forms part of Scream Street’s brand-new girl squad. She moves to Scream Street with her creator, Dr F, and eccentric scientist and the latest antagonist to the Scream Street crew.

From laugh out loud jokes to friendship mishaps, new spells to strange and unusual everyday problems, the all-new episodes see the gang come up against a whole host of silly spooks as they battle to save Scream Street, usually from one of evil Otto’s dastardly tricks, or one of their own sticky situations.

Luke is voiced once more by Tyger Drew-Honey, with John Thomson, Debra Stephenson, Claire Skinner, Rasmus Hardiker, Tala Gouveia, and Jim Howick returning to voice the remaining residents of Scream Street.

Jeremy Banks, Chief Executive of Coolabi comments: “In a world where audiences of all ages are falling in love with strange and spooky stories, Scream Street is a fun-filled, weird and extremely wonderful show for younger audiences, brimming with tricks, treats and laugh-out-loud humour for all the family.”

The hit show, produced by Coolabi Group, is being brought back to life by showrunner Giles Pilbrow (Spitting Image and Horrible Histories) and is co-produced and animated by award-winning animation studio Factory (Clangers, Strange Hill High) in Altrincham.

Coolabi will be working with ZDF Enterprises to bring the hit animated comedy series to kids across the world.

Catch all new episodes of Scream Street on CBBC this Autumn.

June 12, 2020

Working Partners launches new UK initiative

Karen Ball joins as the company’s inaugural Head of UK Sales

Karen Ball has nearly 30 years’ experience in children’s publishing, including time spent as Publisher at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and heading up her consultancy, Speckled Pen, where she was nominated as a Bookseller Rising Star. Previously, she has worked as Head of Editorial at Working Partners.

She said, ‘I am thrilled to team up with the expertise at Working Partners at such a key stage in the life of publishing. As an industry, we stand at a significant crossroads and I relish the opportunity to engage with our colleagues in the UK to bring the best author and series fiction talent to a fresh generation of readers.’

Chris Snowdon, Managing Director of Working Partners, said, ‘We are so delighted to welcome Karen back. Her understanding of the way we work, and her deep knowledge of children’s publishing, make Karen the perfect fit for this new role.’

Ball will be engaging with the Working Partners editorial team to build upon and develop relationships with UK publishers across children’s fiction, from first chapter books through to teen and YA.

Karen Ball started at Working Partners on 1 June 2020.

For More Information Contact: KarenB@workingpartnersltd.co.uk

Phone 0778 068 2372/0207 004 0980

May 7, 2020

DK to publish first educational fiction series ​The Secret Explorers

07 May 2020, London – This summer, DK will publish its first educational fiction series ?The Secret Explorers?, in association with Working Partners. The series aims to introduce children to core non-fiction topics through action-packed, character-driven adventure stories. Published in paperback, four titles will be released in 2020. The first two titles, ?The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales and The Secret Explorers and the Comet Collision, ?will be published on 16 July 2020.

As a leading, global non-fiction publisher, ?The Secret Explorers i? s the first fiction series of its kind for DK. The books follow a group of brilliant young experts from all four corners of the globe, who join together to solve mysteries, fix problems, and search for knowledge. Their exciting adventures take them all over the world – and beyond. This diverse club of eight children includes Tamiko, Gustavo, Ollie, Kiki, Connor, Roshni, Leah and Cheng. They lend their expert skills to solve special secret missions in each buy liquid valium book, from Tamiko the dinosaur specialist to Ollie the rainforest pro.

Perfect for readers aged seven and up, the illustrated paperbacks are a great way to reinforce STEM topics at home and keep kids entertained. Offering an enjoyable way to discover topics covered in school curriculums, the highly engaging text and playful black and white illustrations builds reading confidence. The series aims to engage even the most reluctant readers, and introduce children who love stories to core non-fiction subjects such as oceans, space, Ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, volcanoes, biology, environmentalism and engineering. Reference sections at the back of each book include timelines, quizzes, maps and glossaries to extend interest in these fascinating subjects.

Children’s Publishing Director Sarah Larter says: ?‘We are thrilled to have developed this series in conjunction with Working Partners and delighted to be bringing fresh and innovative approaches to subjects that are key to DK’s Children’s publishing?.’

For more information, please contact Frances Gizauskas / frances.gizauskas@uk.dk.com or Eleanor Stammeijer / ?eleanor.stammeijer@uk.dk.com