Aardman Launches ‘Shaun the Sheep & Buddies’ FAST Channel

Oscar and BAFTA-winning unbiased animation studio Aardman has simply introduced the launch of “Shaun the Sheep & Buddies,” a free, ad-supported TV (FAST) channel accessible now on Xumo Play and coming quickly on VIZIO WatchFree+ and Samsung TV Plus in the US.

Aardman content material accessible to look at on the platform consists of, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time and Studying Time with Timmy, Wallace & Gromit, The Very Small Creatures, Lloyd of the Flies: The Adventures of Arachnofly, and Morph, in addition to behind the scenes, crafts, and different content material.

The studio, famend for its multi-award-winning productions, presently holds 4 Academy Awards with an additional 9 nominations, 15 BAFTAs with an additional 23 nominations and has gained 6 Worldwide Emmys.

Viewers may even have entry to Aardman’s distribution portfolio of high quality animated content material from main animation studios, together with Interstellar Ella (Fabrique Fantastique, Residence 11), Pop Paper Metropolis (LoveLove Movies), Joyful the Hoglet and Sol (Paper Owl Movies), Alphablocks and Numberblocks (Blue Zoo), with extra to affix within the coming months. To coincide with the FAST channel launch, Aardman may even launch greater than 12 reveals on demand by way of Xumo Play and Samsung TV Plus.

Laura Taylor-Williams, Head of Digital and Strategic Improvement at Aardman mentioned, “Our TV channel launch is a key a part of our US digital technique; the place our aim is to interact with audiences wherever they’re. In a fragmented market, we see FAST channels as serving to audiences uncover content material and aiding onward watching by way of different methods, whether or not that be AVOD, SVOD, TVOD.”

“’Shaun the Sheep & Buddies’ joins a rising assortment of family-friendly channels on Xumo Play,” mentioned Stefan Van Engen, Vice President of Content material Programming and Partnerships, Xumo. “With programming beloved by many throughout the U.S., the launch of this new channel will give our viewers one other nice possibility in household leisure.”

“At VIZIO, we’re dedicated to serving up prime quality leisure for audiences of all ages,” mentioned Greg Barnard, Senior Director of Content material Acquisitions & Technique, VIZIO. “Quickly, households can benefit from the ‘Shaun the Sheep & Buddies’ FAST channel on VIZIO WatchFree+ with no downloads or subscriptions required.”

Aardman is an employee-owned firm, primarily based in Bristol (UK) and co-founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton. It produces function movies, collection, promoting, video games and interactive leisure. Present animated productions embody a brand-new Wallace & Gromit movie that’s set for launch in 2024, the studio’s first in-house sport, Hen Run: Eggstraction, the seventh season of Shaun the Sheep and a 3rd season of The Very Small Creatures.

Supply: Aardman

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