DUBLIN animation company Jam Media, which is behind cartoons Picme and Twisted Tales, has done two global distribution and broadcast deals with Barney-distributor Hit Entertainment and the BBC.
These agreements, together with a Nickelodeon deal made earlier in the year, mean that more than 100m people in over 50 countries can now watch the award-winning shows. It is understood the two new deals are worth ?3.5m to the Irish company.
Hit Entertainment, one of the world's leading pre-school children's entertainment producers, controls the global rights for Bob the Builder, Barney and Thomas the Tank Engine. The company is to distribute both Picme and Twisted Tales.
Jam Media also announced that the BBC has commissioned 26 episodes of Twisted Tales.
The company's animated shows use software they developed called 'Head-hunter', which allows young viewers to star in the cartoon alongside a cast of animated characters.
Picme is aimed at pre-school children and is the largest animation commission in the history of RTE.
The Twisted Tales series, which appeals to boys and girls aged 8-12, mixes short, animated fairy tales in a modern setting.