Nickelodeon acquires global broadcast rights to Irish cartoon The Day Henry Met

23 May 2017

The Day Henry Met. Image: Wiggleywoo

A new deal with Nickelodeon is a major coup for Monster Entertainment and Wiggleywoo, and a boost for the digital and animation industry in Ireland.

Nickelodeon has acquired the international broadcast rights to seasons three and four of the Irish-produced preschool series The Day Henry Met.

It has also renewed rights to seasons one and two from the show’s distributors.

The Day Henry Met is produced by Dublin-based Wiggleywoo Ltd and distributed by Monster Entertainment.

The series won the prestigious Pulcinella award for Best European Work in 2015, and the Best Animation award at the Irish Animation Awards last March.

The deal brings the Irish show to an audience of 1.1bn subscribers in more than 170 countries.

Positively animated

The popular cartoon centres on the character of Henry, who meets someone or something new every day, be it a whale, witch, the sun, the moon or a car.

In 2016, Nickelodeon International brought the first two seasons of the award-winning series across markets on six continents, with countries including the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

The Day Henry Met has also been sold to RTÉ in Ireland; TVOntario, Télévision Française de l’Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada; Canal Plus for all French-speaking territories worldwide; ABC in Australia; Kids TV in Korea; Yle in Finland; and SVT in Sweden.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years