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ABC, HK Cable experiment with Brainbuzz

Brainbuzz features hands-on science experiments

Broadcasters in Australia and Hong Kong have acquired a science-themed series from Oz-based distributor Fred Media after it picked up global rights from Nine Network.

Australian pubcaster ABC and its Indo-Pacific channel have picked up Brainbuzz (197×30′), which originally aired on Nine.

Produced by Nine Entertainment and described as “science by stealth,” it stars Australian presenters and actors Kellyn Morris and Michael Balk, plus scientist Clare Van Dorssen.

The series sees the trio join with children from around the country to explore, dissect and solve many of the world’s frequently asked questions, with each episode involving hands-on experiments.

Sarah Kwek, Fred Media’s Asian sales manager, was responsible for the early Brainbuzz deals and said: “There are a number of kids’ science shows in the marketplace but Brainbuzz’s mix of science and comedy – and the fact that it involves kids themselves – makes it a truly engaging watch for young minds.”

Hong Kong Cable Television, meanwhile, has taken 52 episodes of the show as part of a wider kids’ package that also includes Fred Media’s preschool series from WTFN Productions, We’re Talking Animals (40×30′).

Smashhdown! includes sporting challenges and trivia

Fred Media has also picked up rights to another Nine Entertainment-produced series, children’s gameshow Smashhdown! (150×30′).

Featuring off-the-wall sporting challenges and trivia, it sets out to find the best junior sports all-rounders and includes guest appearances from real-life sports stars.

Courtney Hicks, Fred Media’s acquisitions manager, said: “The large number of episodes produced for each series speaks to their ongoing success and will prove advantageous for international broadcasters and platforms looking for strong and enduring brands to help grow their young audiences.”

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