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Tweenies Get Ready To Play In New Zealand

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TWEENIES GET READY TO PLAY IN NEW ZEALAND

SYDNEY, 21 March 2000/MediaNet International-AsiaNet/--TVNZ have licensed 260 episodes and will commence transmission on 3 July at 9.10am in their non-commercial, pre-school slot. Tweenies will air five days per week.

Commenting on the deal, David Vine, Managing Director, Asia Pacific said, "TV2 will make a great home for the Tweenies in New Zealand. BBC Worldwide has a strong association with TVNZ and we are thrilled that we can again join forces to bring New Zealand one of the most innovative children's programmes for the new millennium. Tweenies is set to be a huge success throughout the world."

Andrew Shaw, Head of Programming and Acquisitions, TVNZ said, "TV2 is very pleased to join with the BBC in bringing Tweenies to New Zealand children. We think this programme represents another step in the BBC's commitment to quality educational pre-school children's programming and we are delighted to add this high quality programme to our non-commercial pre-school programming".

Since its debut in September 1999 and its UK publishing and merchandising launch in October 1999 Tweenies has been regarded as one of the major children's properties in the market. Tweenies, establishing itself alongside the Teletubbies, is the fastest selling children's property in the history of BBC Worldwide. In New Zealand, distribution partners for publishing and merchandising are Reed Books, Roadshow Entertainment, TVNZ Enterprises and Hasbro, and TVNZ Enterprises have been appointed licensing agents.

Other international programme sales of Tweenies are a major new deal with French broadcaster TF1 for video and broadcast rights, ABC TV in Australia, RTP in Portugal, ETV in South Africa and STV12 in Singapore.

Tweenies represents BBC Worldwide's biggest children's global property since the launch of Teletubbies. Produced for BBC Television by Tell-Tale Productions, this innovative series is an entertaining and informative show designed to appeal to 3-5 year- olds. Innocennt and curious about the worl around them there are four charming and colourful new characters - Bella, Milo, Jake and Fizz. The series is a new landmark in pre-school learning, encouraging children to wonder, explore and enjoy the world around them.

This announcement coincides with the arrival in Australia of series producers and co-directors of Tell-Tale Productions Iain Lauchlan and Will Brenton, visiting to launch the title.

For further information or interview requests, please contact Helen McFadzean, BBC Worldwide Australia Press Office on +61 2 8923 4213, or helen.mcfadzeanbbc.co.uk

Note to editors: BBC Worldwide was formed in May 1994 to develop a co-ordinated approach to the British Broadcasting Corporation's commercial activities across television, publishing and licensing. It aims to ensure that the BBC continues to grow as a significant player in a developing world media market, while maintaining the high editorial and production standards for which the corporation is internationally renowned. BBC Worldwide is the largest (non-United States)English language television programme exporter in the world.

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