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Sixteen South restructures as it eyes future growth

Children’s TV producer restructures as a group of three companies.

BAFTA-winning and EMMY nominated children’s television producer Sixteen South has revealed its restucture as a group of three companies: Sixteen South Originals, Sixteen South Studios and Sixteen South Rights.

The move reflects Sixteen South’s ongoing expansion and will enable it to better maximise the future growth of all three strands.

Sixteen South Originals will create and develop original children’s and family properties for screen. This will include original ideas and formats, developing book properties for screen and partnering with other creators in co-developments.

The current slate will be realised in 2D, 3D, hybrid, live action and fur. Previous productions include Claude for Disney Junior and Lily’s Driftwood Bay for Nick Jr and Milkshake.

Sixteen South Studios will produce 2D animation and, over the past 13 years, has produced 463 episodes of 11 hit kids shows. As well as producing 2D series service work for Sixteen South Originals, it has also worked with co-production partners including The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, WGBH and the BBC. A studio head will be appointed in due course.

Finally, Sixteen South Rights is the new commercial arm which represents and manages the global distribution and licensing of all Sixteen South shows, and is managed by Alexandros Van Blanken.

Colin Williams, creative director of Sixteen South, maintains overall strategic oversight of all three companies.

“Saint Patrick talked about the shamrock’s leaves being three parts of one flower – similarly, Sixteen South is three parts of the same name,” commented Colin. “With the growing success of all parts of the company, this was the logical next step to maximise our effectiveness across each area. We are really excited about the future opportunities this allows us to create.”

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