Studio100 buys out rights to 'Maya the Bee'

Remake, development rights for German children's classic

COLOGNE, Germany -- Kids TV group Studio100 Media has secured all remake and development rights for German children's classic "Maya the Bee."

Studio100 signed a buyout deal with the Waldemar Bonsel Foundation for the rights. Studio100 already holds TV, video, VOD and merchandising rights for the "Maya the Bee" TV series, which ran from 1975-1977 in Germany and was sold across Europe and Asia.

Studio100 says brand recognition across Europe for "Maya the Bee" is over 90%, making the franchise ripe for a remake, either as TV series, film or both.

Headed by Patrick Elmendorff, Studio100 last year became one of the Europe's leading licensers of children's entertainment with its €41 million ($57.7 million) acquisition of EM.Entertainment, the massive kids TV rights library once controlled by EM.TV.