Jim Henson hooks up global licences for Dinosaur Train

DetailsGabriel Miramar-Garcia | 19 February 2015

The Jim Henson Co has announced a number of new licence agreements for its preschool series Dinosaur Train.

"With children's favourites dinosaurs and trains at its heart, Dinosaur Train continues to garner the attention of media partners everywhere," said Richard Goldsmith, EVP of global distribution and international consumer products at Jim Henson. "All of our key broadcast partners continue to acquire our newest seasons of the series, confirming for us that children around the world are tuning in for the latest fun adventures, and parents are supportive due to the educational nature of the series."

A number of European partners have boarded Dinosaur Train's season three, including French public broadcaster France TV, which has also renewed its agreement for season one; Portuguese thematic channel producer Dreamia for Canal Panda; Ireland's public broadcaster TG4; and Spain's RTVE for Clan, via independent distribution agent Selecta Vision. Additionally, Sweden's national public broadcaster SVT has renewed its licence to season one.

In the United Arab Emirates, Emirates Cable TV and Multimedia LLC has licensed the rights to seasons one and two for their E-Junior channel.

Also in the international market, Netflix has acquired rights to Dinosaur Train season one for Canada, the UK, Germany and Spanish-speaking Latin America.

New partners in North America for season one include SVOD company Videotron for French-speaking Canada; and Movile for its video subscription app, PlayKids, for Canada. Movile has also acquired the same rights for the UK and Germany. PlayKids is the No 1 app for kids under five in more than 30 countries, available in the App Store and Google Play.

The new fourth series of Dinosaur Train will air in the US on PBS KIDS, and will consist of ten CG-animated, half-hour episodes. This year, it is focusing this season on the themes of biodiversity and social diversity, and how both are necessary for a balanced life here on Earth.