Scholastic has entered into a global master publishing agreement with Sutikki to become the second global licensee for Andrew Davenport's new CBeebies preschool series, "Moon and Me".
"Moon and Me" is inspired by tales of toys that come to life when nobody is looking and tells the comical story of a special friendship between two characters from completely different worlds.
The deal was scouted for Scholastic by UK licensing scout, Maya Maraj, and acquired by Elizabeth Scoggins, publisher licensing and non fiction, Scholastic UK.
Davenport, also the creator global preschool franchises "Teletubbies" and "In the Night Garden", will act as principal author of much of the publishing range itself. Editorial development of the 'Moon and Me' global publishing range will be led out of Scholastic’s UK offices, who will work closely with Davenport, with the intent of rolling out the publishing range across a number of territories beginning in Autumn 2018.
"Moon and Me" will premiere on BBC’s CBeebies in the UK in 2018. It is being produced by Sutikki and Foundling Bird, with Sutikki overseeing global distribution and merchandise licensing.
Andrew Kerr, co-founder of Sutikki, said: "I’m genuinely thrilled to have Scholastic act as our global master publishing partner. The team at Scholastic is one that I’ve been lucky enough to know and work with on a number of brands over many years, and I couldn’t imagine a better partner to do justice to all of the tremendous storytelling opportunities that Moon and Me is sure to offer up."
Scoggins said: "We are beyond excited to be working with Andy Davenport and Sutikki on a project with such great pedigree. It's a real thrill to welcome Andy to Scholastic both as an author and as the creator of an incredible new children's programme. We're very much looking forward to working together to create a truly memorable publishing programme for 'Moon and Me'."