Kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced a deal with ITV on school-based animated kids’ comedy Dodo from Wildseed Studios.
Dodo launched with a double bill on 20 September at 17.30 on CITV, who will broadcast 40 episodes after a second season was greenlit by Sky. The first season won the Broadcast Digital Award for Best Children’s Content this year.
Dodo (40 x 11’) is a funny, relatable and heart-warming portrayal of everyday school life as experienced by 11-year-old Joe Connolly as he navigates the dramas and pitfalls of his first year at secondary school. With new situations and embarrassments around every corner, small events mean big drama for Joe, as he tries to fit in, make new friends, girlfriends and even loses his school trousers. But Joe has best friends Frisbo, Pete and Lily at his side, helping him realise that each challenge is really not the end of the world as he somehow triumphs over adversity and lives to see another school day.
Aimed at children aged eight+ and families, Dodo is based on the multi-award-winning film and YouTube hit Not The End Of The World by British creator and series director Jack Bennett. The series is produced by Helen Stern (Gumball), directed by creator Jack Bennett, with the support of Ben Ward (Horrible Histories) on scripting and with executive guidance provided by Wildseed’s Head of Kids and Animation Sarah Mattingley.
Dodo is a Sky Kids original series, produced by BAFTA-winning Wildseed Studios (The Last Bus for Netflix, Counterfeit Cat for Disney) in association with Birkdale Film and Television, with Toonz Media Group in India and Telegael in Ireland.
CAKE CEO Ed Galton said, “A second season means more drama for Joe and his friends and we are delighted to have ITV on board in this funny and poignant coming-of-age comedy which perfectly captures the hilarious and awkward experiences of teenage years.”
ITV films and kids acquisition manager Darren Nartey said, “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing Dodo to CITV’s audience. It’s a cheeky, funny, unique and heart-warming comedy that mirrors contemporary life for many children across the UK.”