MIPTV: Mattel Strikes International Deals for 'Bob the Builder'

'Bob the Builder'

The title of the upcoming 'Bob the Builder' feature film has also been revealed.

Toy giant Mattel has signed a raft of deals for its Bob the Builder children's show through its new TV and film division, Mattel Creations.

Channel 11 (Australia), Dreamia-Panda (Portugal), NRK – Super (Norway), Karusel (Russia) and ATV-Minika (Turkey) picked up the all-new series, the first season of which recently launched in several European territories. 

Mattel also used MIPTV to reveal the name of the upcoming Bob the Builder feature: Bob the Builder: Mega Machines -- The Movie, set for TV and DVD release in 2017.

The new special, which is being produced by HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, is being distributed worldwide by Canada-based DHX Media, which struck an exclusive deal with Mattel in December 2015 to distribute Bob the Builder content worldwide.

The voice cast will include regulars Lee Ingleby (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Inspector George Gently), who voices Bob in the U.K. version; Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey) as the voice of Wendy; and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), who voices Scoop. Froggatt and Harrison both feature in the U.K. and U.S. versions of the show.