Six kids' productions shotrtlisted by BBC Worldwide Channels, Australasia

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide Channels Australasia has shortlisted six local children‘s productions for its inaugural CBeebies Production Initiative, in association with CBeebies in the UK.

Finalists are invited to a formal pitch session in Sydney on 8 July.

BBC Worldwide Channels Australasia invited applicants to pitch an upbeat, humourous television series that bridges the gap between four and six year olds for its pre-school channel, CBeebies, a locally managed subscription version of the UK‘s most successful free-to air digital pre-school channel. The shortlist was selected from over 100 entries. The finalists are Dayne Dreamable from Steam, Go Johnny Go from Beyond Productions, Lester C Leggs from Jumpfront P/L & Animazing Productions P/L, Penelope K (by the way) by Blink Films, The Giggle Club from Buster Dandy Productions and The Greatest Show on Earth from Beyond Productions/The Content Agency.

The successful producer will receive funding of up to $250,000 per programming hour from BBC Worldwide Channels Australasia.

The commissioned production will premiere on CBeebies in Australia and the UK and on CBeebies‘ other channels around the world (India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Poland, Africa, Latin America and the US Hispanic market).

CBeebies controller Michael Carrington says, "We were inundated with submissions and each one exhibited quality and enthusiasm and a thoroughness in addressing the brief.

"This was a great advantage in helping me grasp the core concept of each proposition – but it didn‘t make choosing the shortlist any easier! I‘m excited about the formal pitch session and the opportunity to delve further into each proposal".

Unsuccessful applicants are invited to attend a presentation and a Q&A session on 7 July to provide feedback and insights into how to improve their chances of a successful commission with CBeebies in the future.

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