DEC 98] RAGDOLL PRESS RELEASE
Big Hugs All Over Latin America
is to be shown by Brazils main broadcaster TV Globo Network from early in the New
Year, and also throughout Spanish speaking Latin America by cable and satellite
broadcaster Discovery Kids Latin America, it has been announced in New York by The
itsybitsy Entertainment Company, agents for the Americas for the British creators and
producers of the pre-school childrens series, Ragdoll Production (UK) Ltd.
In addition, Discovery Kids Latin America plans to follow its broadcasts to Spanish
speaking Latin America countries with versions in Portuguese for Brazil.
The announcement of the sale of the series to TV Globo Network and Discovery Kids Latin
America follows the continuing success of Teletubbies in the United States on the Public
Broadcasting System, and in Canada where it is shown on channels serving both English and
French speaking children. Broadcasters in more than 20 other countries transmit
Teletubbies, which was first shown on the BBC at Easter 1997.
The initial agreement with TV Globo Network will enable 130 specially edited half hour
episodes to be shown from Mondays to Fridays inclusive throughout Brazil, in Portuguese.
Discovery Kids Latin America also has an agreement to show 130 programmes which will be
dubbed into Spanish, and new inserts featuring children from various countries
in Latin America will be produced locally. (The inserts are the section of the
programme where the televisions in the Teletubbies tummies glow, leading to a short
film of real children playing.)
Ragdolls Founder and Creative Director Anne Wood says:
"Big Hugs are spreading round the world. There is joy in Teletubbyland that all
the children of the Americas North, South and Central will now be able to
share in the laughter and fun which Teletubbies brings."
Ragdoll Productions was founded by Anne Wood in 1984, with the motto: "Ragdoll
Works For Children". The company is now based in Stratford upon Avon, and its
productions for the very youngest children are shown in more than 60 countries. They
include (for the ITV Network) Rosie and Jim, Tots TV, and (for the BBC) Brum and Open A
Recent awards to Ragdoll Productions include three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best
Childrens Series, the Grand Prize at the 24th Japan Prize International
Contest in Tokyo for an episode of Teletubbies, the award to Anne Wood of Fellowship of
the Royal Television Society, and, reflecting the Midlands roots of the company, the
City of Birmingham Award at the Birmingham International Film and Television Festival.
Teletubbies is broadcast in Australia, Belgium, Denmark,
Canada (English and French), Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, Hong Kong (English and
Cantonese), Israel, Korea, Malaysia (English and Malaysian), Malta, New Zealand, Norway,
Portugal, Singapore, Spain (Spanish, Catalan and Galician), South Africa, Sweden,
Thailand, Turkey, UK and USA.