The series is currently in production and will be available on Sky’s on-demand service.
Sky has commissioned a second series of the popular kid’s show titled The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (20 x 11’) from TG Entertainment Limited.
The kids’ series will be available in 2022 on E-Vision and ejunior (MENA and Pakistan), MBC Group’s streaming platform Shahid.
The series is currently in production and will be available on Sky’s on-demand service Sky Kids and streaming service NOW in the UK & ROI in early 2022. In response to the popularity of the music segments in the first series, Sky has also commissioned additional songs from the original Tom Gates songwriting team of Mark Flannery, Martin Cooper and Liz Pichon to create a new short-form music series as stand-alone programming which will run later this year. A 22’ seasonal special is also in production.
In addition to the commission, global children’s media and distribution company WildBrain has secured a number of international sales for the first series, which will see Tom’s entertaining exploits airing this summer and autumn on ABC (Australia), Knowledge Network and TVOKids (Canada), JUJKO and Tuki Channel (Slovakia), and PCCW – Now TV (Hong Kong).
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is based on the award-winning, multi-million-copy-bestselling Tom Gates books written and illustrated by Liz Pichon and published by Scholastic. Liz is also co-writer and presents the Draw It sections of the series.
Speaking about the series, Lucy Murphy, Director of Kids Content at Sky UK & Ireland, said: “Tom Gates has been a real crowd-pleaser and has proven appeal to a broad age group of our viewers. We’re really pleased to be teaming up again with Liz Pichon and TG Entertainment to bring more of Tom’s adventures to life and inspire our young audiences to get creative.”
Screen Scotland’s Jennifer Armitage added: “This is fantastic news for Scotland-based production company TG Entertainment and this recommission will support further significant growth opportunities for Scotland’s animation sector. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates has brought to life on screen a widely beloved character in Tom Gates and inspired children through art and craft projects from creator Liz Pichon, which has proven vital over the last year. It is exciting to see that the first series will also be reaching international audiences too through this new deal.”
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates is produced by TG Entertainment Ltd – a company jointly owned by Black Camel Pictures and Wild Child Animation – with additional investment from The National Lottery and Scottish Government through Screen Scotland, and WildBrain. The executive producers are Ken Anderson from Wild Child Animation, Arabella Page Croft from Black Camel, author-illustrator Liz Pichon, and Ian France, Commissioning Editor at Sky. The series director is George Sawyer, series producer is Sueann Rochester and the head writer on the show is Ben Ward and animation production services are provided by Wild Child Animation.