Ragdoll Productions

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Ragdoll Productions
TypePrivate
IndustryTelevision production company
Founded26 July 1984; 38 years ago (1984-07-26)
FounderAnne Wood
Headquarters,
Key people
Anne Wood
Andrew Davenport
Robin Stevens
ParentRagdoll Ltd.
SubsidiariesThe Ragdoll Foundation
WebsiteRagdoll
The evolution of WildBrain
1968FilmFair is founded
1971DIC Entertainment is founded
1974CPLG is founded
1976CINAR and Colossal Pictures are founded
1988Studio B Productions is founded
1994Wild Brain Productions is founded
1996CINAR buys FilmFair's library
1997Decode Entertainment is founded
1999Colossal Pictures sells to Wild Brain
2004Halifax Film Company is founded and CINAR rebrands as Cookie Jar Group
2006Decode and Halifax Film merge forming DHX Media and DIC acquires CPLG
2007DHX Media buys Studio B Productions and Wild Brain becomes WildBrain Entertainment
2008Cookie Jar Group buys DIC Entertainment
2010DHX Media buys WildBrain Entertainment
2012DHX Media buys Cookie Jar Group
2013DHX Media buys Ragdoll Worldwide
2014DHX Media buys Epitome Pictures and Nerd Corps Entertainment
2016WildBrain Entertainment closes, succeeded by the WildBrain multi-channel network, and Studio B merges with Nerd Corps forming DHX Studios
2017DHX Media buys Iconix Brands Entertainment
2019DHX Media rebrands itself as WildBrain, and the WildBrain multi-channel network becomes WildBrain Spark

Ragdoll Productions is a British television production company founded in 1984 by Anne Wood, who had previously worked for Yorkshire Television and TV-am. It is located in Stratford-upon-Avon, and has produced a number of children's programmes, most notably Pob's Programme, Teletubbies, Rosie and Jim, Brum, Boohbah, Tots TV, and In the Night Garden....

History[edit]

In the United States, Ragdoll sold their programs through The Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Company, but in October 2001, Ragdoll parted ways with the company following a failure to reach an agreement with Itsy Bitsy's majority owner, the Handleman Group. Ragdoll then began to sell their programmes on their own from then-on.[1]

In January 2002, Teletubbies Everywhere, a spin-off of the Teletubbies, was announced to air on CBeebies within its launch window.[2] On June 14, a new series titled Boohbah was announced, and was pre-sold to CITV and GMTV for a 2003 delivery.[3] The show later saw an international roll-out.

At MIPTV 2005, Ragdoll announced a new show titled Blurrfect and that CITV had acquired broadcasting rights. The show would premiere in Autumn 2005.[4] By September 2005, the show was renamed Blips, and soon premiered on September 29, 2005, as part of the CITV's autumn schedule.[5][6] On October 13, Ragdoll unrevealed two new series that were pre-sold to the BBC: In the Night Garden..., and Tronji, for a 2007 delivery.[7] In October 2005, Ragdoll subsidiary The Ragdoll Foundation announced that Five's Milkshake! block had commissioned a series of six short films titled What Makes Me Happy?, which would air daily from December 19th.[8]

In September 2006, Ragdoll formed a joint venture with BBC Worldwide called Ragdoll Worldwide, to sell and license the company's programs outside of the UK and North America. In the Night Garden and Tronji would be the first two programmes created as part of the venture, while existing programmes would be handled by BBC Worldwide will manage the international broadcast sales and the UK and international licensing of all Ragdoll properties (Blips, Boohbah, Brum, Tots TV, Rosie and Jim, and Open a Door), with Ragdoll retaining all UK broadcast rights. A new subsidiary - Ragdoll USA Inc, part of the new joint venture, would manage Ragdoll's distribution in North America.[9]

In January 2013, Ragdoll opted to end their agreement with BBC Worldwide and put up Ragdoll Worldwide for sale.[10] On September 16, DHX Media purchased the venture from both companies for £17.4 million (or USD$24 million)[11] The deal included the rights to Ragdoll's programming, but did not include the rights to Pob's Programme and Playbox, which were kept by Ragdoll Ltd., not the Ragdoll Productions company itself.

In 2021, Ragdoll formed a deal with British distribution company Cake Entertainment for them to distribute their new series, B.O.T. and the Beasties, for CBeebies.

Pre-Ragdoll productions[edit]

The following are some of Ragdoll's productions before the company was founded, accompanied by a brief description and vital statistics:

  • Puzzle Party - first broadcast in 1977. Hosted by Gyles Brandreth and featuring characters Gnigel and Gnu, the show was one of Anne Wood's earliest TV shows for BBC.
  • The Book Tower - first broadcast in 1979, hosted by Tom Baker and Stephen Moore.
  • Ragdolly Anna - first broadcast in 1982, based on the children's books by Jean Kenward.
  • Roland Rat - first broadcast in 1983.

Ragdoll's productions[edit]

All of the following shows (except Pob's Programme, Playbox, Storytime, and B.O.T. and the Beasties) are now owned by WildBrain (formerly DHX Media). Tots TV is co-owned with ITV plc.

The Ragdoll Shop[edit]

The Ragdoll Shop in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire was a shop that consisted of themed play areas based on Ragdoll properties and an area where merchandise was sold. The store originally opened in 1992, and traded until 2005, due to expansion limits and failure to find a new larger venue.[12]

The building that formerly housed the shop is now a optometrist's practice named Dr. CP Grey's. The picture of Rosie and Jim waving can still be seen in the black window at the top of the building.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ragdoll and Itsy Bitsy part company".
  2. ^ "CBBC: Launch dates and new shows".
  3. ^ "ITV/GMTV greenlight for Ragdoll".
  4. ^ "StackPath". Archived from the original on 23 September 2006.
  5. ^ "StackPath". Archived from the original on 23 September 2006.
  6. ^ "Blips to splat onto CiTV this autumn".
  7. ^ "StackPath". Archived from the original on 23 September 2006.
  8. ^ "StackPath". Archived from the original on 23 September 2006.
  9. ^ "StackPath". Archived from the original on 20 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Ragdoll puts sales joint venture with BBC Worldwide on the market". The Guardian (London). 29 January 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Teletubbies owner bought by Canadian firm DHX Media". The Guardian (London). 16 September 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  12. ^ "StackPath".

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