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KiKA zooms in on Q Pootle 5

London and Mainz, 4th February 2014

ZDF Enterprises has signed a deal with the German free-to-air children’s channel KiKA for the acquisition of pre-school series Q Pootle 5 (52 x 11’), produced in the UK by Snapper Productions.

Based on the best-selling books by hugely popular children’s author and illustrator Nick Butterworth, the series follows the adventures of the friendly little alien Q Pootle 5 and his friends, Oopsy, Eddi, Stella, Ray, Groobie, Bud-D and Planet Dave as they tackle the everyday problems of the final frontier.

Commenting on the deal, Ben Butterworth, Snapper Productions, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to Q Pootle 5 and its ever-growing popularity both in the UK and internationally. We are thrilled that Q Pootle 5 and his friends have found their way to Germany and we couldn’t wish for a better home for the series than KiKA.

Sebastian Debertin, KiKA’s Head of Fiction + Acquisitions adds: "Q Pootle 5 is a beautifully animated series with a lovely bunch of great characters, created by top kids author Nick Butterworth, bringing truly entertaining stories to KiKA screens!"

Oliver Grundel, Director ZDFE.junior at ZDF Enterprises: “We are delighted to have found the ideal home in Germany for our little friend Q Pootle 5. KiKA now joins the ranks of the high-caliber broadcast partners for this pre-school highlight”.

Q Pootle 5 launched last year on CBeebies in the UK and quickly became one of the channel’s highest rated programmes. In just 62 episodes, it reached over 4 million people, with one in every five children in the UK having watched the show to-date. The series performs strongly across all key demographics and particularly well among children aged 4-6. In addition, Rocket Licensing, which is managing the UK licensing campaign for the series, has already signed a number of licensees for the brand. They include Walker Books for global TV tie-in publishing, Blue Sky Designs for children’s stationery, Immediate Media for slots in CBeebies Weekly and Toybox magazines, Egmont for standalone magazines, Jumbo for games and puzzles, VMC for accessories and Rainbow Productions for character costumes.

The series has also been sold to ABC in Australia where it airs on ABC4Kids. Other territories are being negotiated and are expected to be announced shortly.

Q Pootle 5 (52 x 11’) is produced by Snapper Productions and animated by BAFTA-award-winning studio Blue Zoo.


About Snapper Productions
Snapper Productions was set up in 2009 by British children's author and illustrator Nick Butterworth with his wife Annette and their son, award-winning producer and writer Ben Butterworth.

Snapper aims to produce programmes of the highest quality, with engaging narratives at the heart of every project.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,


About KiKA
Headquartered in Erfurt, the children’s channel of ARD and ZDF has been providing young viewers from 3 to 13 years since 1997 with a high-quality, creative full program perfectly designed for its target group. Learning, information, the conveying of values and media competency are just as much a part of the public-law broadcaster’s mandate as entertainment and fun. And there is no advertising on KiKA! Placing great emphasis on variety, the channel offers programs in every genre: feature films, animated and live-action series, information broadcasts, news, documentaries, comedies, shows, magazines, talk and quiz formats. From KiKANiNCHEN for media beginners to the children’s news “logo! Die Welt und ich” for older youths, the programming caters to the needs of every age group and reflects this in an up-to-date fashion online at The KiKA program can be seen every day from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m..

Contact KiKA
Der Kinderkanal von ARD und ZDF, Gothaer Str. 36, 99094 Erfurt, Telefon: +49 361.218-1827, Telefax: +49 361.218 1831,,


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


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