CBBC has boarded the upcoming Coolabi/Factory TM co-production Scream Street and will broadcast the 52 episode stop-motion animated series in the UK in 2016.
Scream Street tells the story of Luke Watson, a regular teen who just happens to be a werewolf. When the Government Housing of Unusual Lifeforms (G.H.O.U.L.) uncover Luke’s secret, they transfer him and his parents to Scream Street – where surfer-dude zombies, sarcastic vampires, glamorous witches and just plain-bad monsters put a whole new spin on community spirit.
The television show is based on the series of books by Tommy Donbavand, the first of which was published back in 2008. Scream Street is a co-production between Coolabi and Factory TM, the Manchester based animation studio. Helen McAleer is the executive producer on the series.
“Scream Street is a stylish, spooky comedy, full of wonderful characters that will have instant appeal for the older end of the CBBC audience. The style and pace promise to be like no other CBBC stop-frame animated show”, said CBBC Controller Cheryl Taylor.
In addition to securing CBBC as a broadcast partner, Coolabi has reached a deal with ZDF Enterprises which will see the company handle global distribution for Scream Street in all territories excluding the UK, the US and Australia. ZDFE has also taken German licensing rights to the property and are expected to have select footage of the series to showcase at MIPCOM.
“Scream Street is a truly individual book series that we know will translate into a fantastic and funny animated show for TV”, said Zoë Bamsey, Coolabi’s Director of Production & Development. “We’re excited to be working with such amazing partners to bring to life the books for existing fans and new audiences.”
Phil Chalk, Managing Director of Factory TM, commented: “The show is innovative and combines cutting edge digital technologies with stop-motion. We are looking forward to creating a genre busting show.”
While Katharina Pietzsch, Director of ZDFE.junior, added: “We are delighted to be partnering up with CBBC, Coolabi and Factory TM on this fantastic project and look very much forward to bringing the show to partners and markets worldwide. With its super cool look, great storylines and humour, it will appeal to kids and their families all over the globe.”