Boomerang flies in for global animated series acquisition



| 04 October 2015

Kids channel Boomerang has completed the global acquisition of a brand-new animated series to debut its first-ever original programming.

Beginning in October 2015, the Turner Broadcasting channel will add Grizzy and the Lemmings to its existing portfolio of multi-generational shows, which includes Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo and Mr Bean: The Animated Series. Worldwide launch is scheduled for autumn 2016.

From the French production company Studio Hari, Grizzy and the Lemmings is claimed to be a ‘new classic’, non-dialogue, playful family comedy following Grizzy the bear and tribe of Lemmings as they attempt to co-exist in a forest ranger’s house in the Canadian wilderness.

“Grizzy and the Lemmings is fun and innovative whilst also maintaining the DNA of a timeless, classic animation, “explained Cecilia Persson, vice president of acquisitions and co-productions for Turner Broadcasting International. “It is a great fit for the Boomerang brand and will sit perfectly alongside content like the much-loved Hannah Barbera classic, Tom & Jerry.”

Added Studio Hari co-founder Josselin Charier: "We couldn't expect to find a broadcasting partner more aligned with the editorial positioning of our latest creation, a new classic physical comedy for the whole family… The worldwide broadcasting on Boomerang will give the best possible exposure to the show – and help us to make Grizzy and the Lemmings a strong long-term global brand, just like the loveable classic cartoons in its portfolio."