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Q POOTLE 5 blasts off around the globe

London and Mainz, 29th September 2014 – ZDF Enterprises has announced deals for pre-school favourite Q Pootle 5 (52 x 11’), which see it acquired by CBeebies Africa, Ketnet (Belgium), SVT (Sweden), NPO (Netherlands) and NRK (Norway). These new sales mean the series, which is produced in the UK by Snapper Productions, is now set to air in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Q Pootle 5 is based on the best-selling books by children’s author and illustrator Nick Butterworth and follows the adventures of the friendly little alien and his friends, Oopsy, Eddi, Stella, Ray, Groobie, Bud-D and Planet Dave as they tackle the everyday problems of the final frontier. The series airs in the UK on CBeebies and, as previously announced, has also been picked up by VGTRK (Russian Public TV), YLE 2 (Finland), TG4 (Ireland), HOP!TV (Israel), MTVA (Hungary), KiKA (Germany) and ABC (Australia).

Ben Butterworth, Snapper Productions, said: “We’re over the moon with these new deals and the ever expanding audience for Q Pootle 5. Its loveable characters, creative storytelling and beautiful visuals have helped the series become as popular with audiences around the world as it is here in the UK and we’re confident that this momentum will continue to grow.”

Katharina Pietzsch, Director ZDFE.junior at ZDF Enterprises said: “We are very happy to have found so many great new partners for Q Pootle 5 and his friends and can’t wait to see our little aliens on screens in even more countries worldwide.”

Q Pootle 5 launched on CBeebies in the UK in 2013 and has since celebrated an impressive viewer and licensee response. A range of Q Pootle 5 products will hit shelves in the UK this autumn/winter, including DVDs from Proper Distribution, TV tie-in books from Walker Books, a standalone magazine from Egmont, a range of games and puzzles from Jumbo and apparel from C&M Licensing.

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.

For more information contact Mary Bennett, / +44 (0)7843572070.


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:,


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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