LONDON, UK – Classic Media announced that it has acquired the rights to Olivia from media content group Chorion. Olivia originated as an award-winning book series by Ian Falconer that has inspired a critically acclaimed animated television series. Classic Media last week announced that it had acquired from Chorion the rights to Noddy — part of the Enid Blyton estate — one of the UK’s most beloved characters.

Olivia is a unique little pig…with ordinary challenges…and an extraordinary imagination.  Originally created as a gift for his niece Olivia, Ian Falconer’s children’s book Olivia was first published in 2000 and became an instant best-seller and was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Honor. More than six million Olivia books have been sold worldwide.  In 2009, OLIVIA debuted as a 3D CG TV series on Nick Jr. in the US. This top-rated series is seen in more than 120 countries and airs on leading broadcasters that include ABC (Australia), Five/Milkshake! (UK), Treehouse (Canada) and TF1 (France).

Olivia has a strong universal appeal with young girls and their families,” said Mary Durkan, Managing Director, Chorion. “We are thrilled that Classic Media will continue to introduce her to new audiences worldwide.”

“This is the perfect addition to our portfolio of classic properties and we look forward to bringing Olivia and her adventures to families everywhere,” said Eric Ellenbogen, Co-CEO, Classic Media.

Olivia is today’s girl. She is a 6¾-old dynamo who believes she can do anything and sees every day as an opportunity to try new things. Her vivid imagination takes her on grand adventures, both real and fantasy, and like all children, her antics occasionally result in endearing misadventures. Olivia’s confidence and positive nature inspires girls everywhere to think boldly and dream BIG.

Chris Arrant

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