DHX Media has signed its first licensing deals for preschool hit Teletubbies in China, appointing licensees to launch a new range of toys in the territory, and produce a children’s publishing line.
The deals, which were brokered for DHX Brands by Promotional Partners Worldwide, will see the launch of Teletubbies toys in China in Spring 2018, followed by the launch of children’s books later in the year.
The new deals follow the successful launch of the series on Chinese streaming platforms iQIYI, Youku, Tencent and others. Since its launch in June, the show has generated over 100 million views.
“The new Teletubbies series has clearly struck a chord with preschoolers and parents in China,” said Candy Ho, business development director - Asia, DHX Brands.
“Fans who loved the original show when they were kids are now sharing the new series with their children through the country’s top streaming platforms. We’re thrilled that this massive audience will be soon able to also enjoy new Teletubbies toys, accessories and books through the launch of products later this year.”
The newly signed licensees in China are a part of DHX Brands’ global rollout of the renewed Teletubbies brand, which began in the UK in 2015. Since then, the property has enjoyed considerable success in the UK, consistently ranking in the territory’s top-five preschool properties, and posting strong sales in the master toy category, which has shown solid year-over-year growth. Plush toys remain an integral part of the product line, and have been boosted further by the successful introduction of new Tiddlytubbies plush toys in 2017.
In China, the market potential is significant for Teletubbies, with approximately 226 million children under the age of 14 on the Chinese mainland, and the number of newborns expected to climb up to 21 million annually by 2021. Retail sales of toys and games in China grew at an average annual rate of 2% from 2010 through 2015, and are expected to exceed US$43.5 billion within the next two years. The original Teletubbies series was a massive hit in China, becoming the first western preschool property to air on China’s CCTV.