Studio 100 has taken over the New York-based company Little Airplane Productions. Animation studioLittle Airplane Productions was founded by Josh Selig in 1999 and its staff has won numerous acclaimed awards, including 21 Emmy Awards.
Little Airplane Productions is known for the series Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes, Super Wings, P. King Duckling and many others, all original productions created from scratch for broadcasters around the world. Little Airplane Productions also has many international co-productions to its credit. The company has worked closely with major American broadcasters such as Disney, Nickelodeon and Sprout. In Europe, they have strong links with KiKA, CBeebies and Canal+. Moreover, what makes Little Airplane Productions unique is that they develop content with leading Chinese partners, which is also sold outside of China. The popular TV-show Super Wings is one example of this.
With this American acquisition, Studio 100 is taking a major step in the group’s further international expansion. Hans Bourlon and Gert Verhulst, founders and CEOs of Studio 100, are delighted with this takeover. Hans Bourlon: “I have greatly admired the work of Little Airplane for years. It’s a unique company. It has amazing creative strength and has produced the most fantastic series and songs. My absolute favourite is ‘The Potato Train’ from ‘The Small Potatoes’.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXKkzzZUGpw Josh Selig, founder and president of Little Airplane Productions: “I am thrilled that Little Airplane has joined forces with our friends at Studio 100 and all of their amazing companies. There is a great synergy between our businesses and our teams, and we look forward to creating and producing new content together that will resonate with children around the world.” Josh Selig will be working closely with Hans Bourlon and with Hans Ulrich Stoef, CEO of Studio 100 Media. Little Airplane Productions will continue to focus on developing and producing new projects, in close cooperation with Studio 100’s animation studios: Studio 100 Animation in Paris and Flying Bark Productions in Sydney and will also continue developing for its third party clients. Studio 100 Media (Munich) takes care of international content sales, the exploitation of licences and merchandising, as well as the worldwide distribution of new brands and productions. Hans Ulrich Stoef, CEO of Studio 100 Media and m4e: “We have been working successfully with Josh and his team for many years and currently develop ‘Fun Town Wheels’ and ‘Rock, Tacco, Balloon’ with him. So we are very excited about having this opportunity to join forces on a broader level. After m4e and I linked up with Studio 100 at the beginning of this year, the next logical step in the international expansion was to go into partnership with Little Airplane Productions. We have been impressed by the accomplishments of Little Airplane Productions and their great expertise in children’s and family entertainment. We are very much looking forward to producing world-class creations together.” http://web.littleairplane.com/