DreamWorks Animation Adds Chapman Library


DreamWorks Animation is continuing its recent string of content acquisitions by taking on the Chapman Entertainment Library, which includes pre-school-aimed fare such as Roary the Racing Car, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Fifi and the Flowertots, and Little Charley Bear.

Chapman Entertainment is based out of the United Kingdom, and DWA will continue to distribute the popular shows through UK TV.

“We’re pleased to bring such original and imaginative programming into the DreamWorks Animation fold,” Eric Ellenbogen said in a recent press release. Ellenbogen is the co-head of DreamWorks Animation International TV and DreamWorks Classics. “The Chapman acquisition reaffirms our commitment to UK-based productions of distinction and we look forward to delivering brand new TV adventures from these popular series.”

Chapman Entertainment was created by Keith Chapman in 2002. Chapman is best known for his mega-popular Bob the Builder TV series. With the award-winning success of Bob the Builder, Chapman quickly earned a reputation as force in preschool television entertainment.

This is the second major library acquired by DreamWorks Animation in as many years. In 2012, DWA purchased the rights to the library of Classic Media, which included such hits franchises as Rocky and Bullwinkle, Archie and the Gang, Fat Albert, and Casper the Friendly Ghost, among many, many others.

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