WildBrain drums up Jungle Beat partnership with Sunrise Animation Studios

WildBrain has partnered with Jungle Beat Animation to manage worldwide distribution rights for all content in the popular animated kids’ property Jungle Beat. The exclusive partnership will see WildBrain grow the global footprint of the Jungle Beat brand through worldwide distribution, including YouTube channel management and ad sales on its premium kids’ and family AVOD network, as well as linear broadcast in Canada on its Family Channel.

All Jungle Beat content is produced in a partnership between Jungle Beat Animation and South Africa’s Sunrise Animation Studios. Today’s news comes at a pivotal time, as Jungle Beat Animation in partnership with Sandcastle Studios announces the greenlight of their second feature film, Jungle Beat 2: The Past, currently in production at Sunrise Animation Studios for release in 2023. This follows the success of the brand’s first film, Jungle Beat: The Movie, released in 2021.

Deirdre Brennan, COO at WildBrain, says: “Jungle Beat is hugely popular with kids worldwide, who are drawn to its authentic, funny characters and adventures rooted in friendship. The Sunrise team believe in inspiring through story and we’re delighted to be partnering to expand that audience across all territories and platforms, harnessing the power of our YouTube growth engine, WildBrain Spark, delivering the content to our Canadian television audience through Family Channel, and exploring new opportunities to experience Jungle Beat through our consumer products licensing agency, WildBrain CPLG.”

Phil Cunningham, Founder of Sunrise Animation Studios, adds: “We’re delighted to be working with such an innovative, agile, fun and well-organised global company as WildBrain. We believe Jungle Beat is positioned to become a leading global property for preschool children, and WildBrain’s synergy and cohesion across all platforms and brand touchpoints is going to be a key part of making that happen.”

WildBrain will distribute the brand’s film franchise, comprised of Jungle Beat: The Movie (1 x 90’) and Jungle Beat 2: The Past (1 x 90’), as well as the entire 130-episode library of the Jungle Beat series, consisting of three seasons of Jungle Beat (13 x 5’ each), five seasons of Jungle Beat: Munki and Trunk (13 x 5’ each) and two seasons of Jungle Beat: The Explorers (13 x 2’ each).