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Teletubbies go to ZDF in Germany

The new Teletubbies has been picked up by 24 broadcasters worldwide

ZDF in Germany has picked up the first season of the rebooted Teletubbies series from Canadian producer and distributor DHX Media.

The show will begin airing on children’s channel KiKa in Germany next month, having first aired in the country in 1999.

The new Teletubbies, made by DHX Media and UK prodco Darrall Macqueen, follows the same four characters as the original but boasts a modernised look.

The show has been picked up by 24 broadcasters worldwide, including Nickelodeon in the US and DHX-owned Family Jr. in Canada. It has also been taken by Amazon Prime Video in the UK, where the commissioning broadcaster is CBeebies.

Teletubbies launched on the BBC in the UK in March 1997. It went on to become one of the most successful global children’s brands of all time, with the original episodes airing in more than 120 territories in 45 different languages.

The rights to Teletubbies were picked up by DHX Media as part of its US$27.7m acquisition of owner Ragdoll Worldwide in 2013.

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