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[11 JAN 99] RAGDOLL PRESS RELEASE
Teletubbies Move Into Mexico

The Teletubbies march around the world continues with the announcement that the Mexican broadcaster Televisa has been licensed to show the series.

The announcement in New York from the American agents of Teletubbies’ creators and producers Ragdoll Productions (UK) Ltd, The itsy bitsy Entertainment Co, follows the news that the programmes are to be shown in Brazil by TV Globo and throughout Latin America by the cable and satellite channel Discovery Kids Latin America.

Televisa's decision to show 130 episodes of Teletubbies brings to more than 50 the number of countries where children can enjoy the series created and produced by Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport of Stratford upon Avon-based Ragdoll.

Anne Wood, who is Ragdoll's Creative Director, says:

"Teletubbies are bringing more and more laughter and fun to children in more countries. Now children in Mexico can join in the Big Hugs."

Ragdoll Productions was founded by Anne Wood in 1984, with the motto: "Ragdoll Works For Children". The company's productions for the very youngest children are shown in more than 70 countries. They include (for the ITV Network) Rosie and Jim, Tots TV, and (for the BBC) Brum and Open A Door.

Recent awards to Ragdoll Productions include three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Children's 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 Company.

NOTES

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, via the Discovery Kids Latin America cable and satellite service it will be available to children in Portuguese and Spanish speaking countries in Latin America..
    

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