Productions (UK) Ltd., the creators and owners of the Teletubbies, and The itsy bitsy
Entertainment Company, marketers of the Teletubbies in the Americas, have reached an
agreement with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to settle the action brought against Wal-Mart for
infringement of copyright, it was announced today.
In settling, Wal-Mart has agreed to pull all "Bubbly Chubbies" items
off shelves and destroy them as well as to provide The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company
and Ragdoll Productions (UK) Ltd. information on the manufacture and distribution of such
items. The action continues against the alleged manufacturer and or identified
"Our concern in filing this suit was not about money, but in protecting the
integrity of the Teletubbies trademarks which we have associated with products that insure
the highest of safety and creative play standards possible. Wal-Mart has always been a
very strong partner in supporting Teletubbies, and they have continued to work with us in
identifying the manufacturer and any distributors we identify"
said Kenn Viselman, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of The itsy bitsy
"It is our commitment to provide non-violent and safe choices which contribute to
our very young fans becoming responsible adults".
Ragdoll Productions was founded by acclaimed childrens television program maker
Anne Wood in 1984 with the motto: "Ragdoll Works For Children". Worldwide,
Ragdoll-produced series for pre-school age children are shown in more than 60 countries,
and in the UK are screened by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Independent
Television Network. Titles include Teletubbies, Rosie and Jim, Tots TV, Brum and Open A
Door, and recent awards include the BAFTA (British Emmy) Award for Best Childrens
Series, Grand Prize at the 24th Japan Prize International Contest in Tokyo for an episode
of Teletubbies, and the award to Anne Wood of Fellowship of the Royal Television Society.
The company is based in Stratford upon Avon, England.
The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company was launched to offer creators of unique
properties a strong, dedicated partnership for production, distribution, licensing and
marketing. Founded in 1995 by Kenn Viselman, The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company is known
for inspiring "Safehaven Entertainment
" - programming and products that maintain the highest levels of consideration for
positive parenting while enhancing childrens lives. The companys philosophy is
"To be free to learn, Children must be free to dream!" The itsy bitsy
Entertainment Company is a member company of North Coast Entertainment, a subsidiary of
Handleman Company (NYSE:"HDL").
Chris Bates 0121 472 6739
Carole Thomson 01789 404100