Canada's DHX Media to Produce New 'Teletubbies' Series For CBeebies
TORONTO—Canadian kids entertainment content firm DHX Media is banking on new Teletubby mania as it unveils plans to produce 60 new episodes of Teletubbies for CBeebies.
The move follows DHX Media last year acquiring Teletubbies owner Ragdoll Worldwide from BBC Worldwide and an investor group including founder Anne Wood for CAN$27.7 million (US$25.5 million).
Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po will return as live-action characters for the new series, with a "refreshed and contemporary look" and CGI enhancement, according to the Canadian producer.
DHX Media has tapped U.K. producer Darrall Macqueen to partner on new episodes of the cuddly foursome, the first in ten years.
"I think that now is the right time to create new episodes of this much-loved, iconic show for the current CBeebies audience," Kay Benbow, controller of CBeebies, said Friday in a statement.
Teletubbies launched in March 1997 and soon became a global kids TV brand, airing in over 120 territories in 45 different languages.