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‘Dinner Detectives’ books to be developed for TV

Melbourne-based production studio BES Animation has acquired world broadcast and digital content rights to self-published picture book series ‘Dinner Detectives’, with plans to develop the books into a multi-platform TV and digital offering.

BES Animation, best known for the children’s animated television series Kitty Is Not A Cat, will develop the ‘Dinner Detective’ books into a 2D animated television series aimed at 4–7 year olds, alongside a new interactive app and digital content. Production is set to commence in 2020.

First published in 2017, ‘Dinner Detectives’ attracted global interest when creators Yves Stening and Nigel Buchanan won Best IP Pitch at MIP Junior in 2018. The series follows siblings Clementine and Aksel, who travel back in time and explore the world learning about the history of the food we eat today.

Stening said BES Animation is ‘the perfect partner to take ‘Dinner Detectives’ to its next stage of creative development’.

BES Animation founder and director Bruce Kane said: ‘We are delighted to add “Dinner Detectives” to BES’ global development and production slate and look forward to transforming these much loved stories and characters to the screen for a global audience.’


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