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Keith Chapman teams with London-based content studio on new IP

London-based Snipple Originals – the original content arm of global production company Snipple Animation – and veteran kids content production company Keith Chapman Productions have teamed up to co-create and develop new animated kids TV shows.

The first production from the creative partnership is in development – under the working title Paco & the Pirate League.

The 2D animated show will target upper preschool aged children and combines football, with one of the most popular play patterns for that age group, pirates.

It follows the adventures of the world’s greatest soccer player/footballer, Paco, a ten year old cabin-boy living on the ‘Golden Boot’ pirate ship. He’s the star player for Seadog Juniors the youngest team in the Seven Seas Super League, playing other pirate teams across the globe. Paco must use his unique football skills to overcome adversity and challenges, building his confidence and learning life lessons along the way.

The project will be ready for pitching in October.

The partnership also has longer term ambitions to create more character-driven animated IPs for the upper preschool market.

Snipple Group works with some of the world’s biggest networks including Disney, DreamWorks, WarnerMedia, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Its portfolio includes the likes of Animaniacs, Green Eggs and Ham, Ducktales and Phineas and Ferb among others.

“This deal represents a fantastic meeting of minds,” commented Kaine Patel, ceo at Snipple. “Keith is the ultimate kids TV veteran. This creative partnership has the vital chemistry to create brilliant, original kids shows that will become global break-out hits. The visible quality, even at this early stage, is something the kids TV market should feel excited about.”

Keith Chapman – the man behind the likes of Bob the Builder, PAW Patrol and Fifi the Flowertots – added: “I am thrilled to be working with the super talented team at Snipple on creating and developing Paco & the Pirate League. This is the show I wish I could have watched as a kid kicking my first football around. It will appeal to all kids of today, of all nationalities, and their parents too.”

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