Studio 100 takes over famous New York animation house


Flanders’ Studio 100 entertainment group has bought Little Airplane Productions, creators of animated series for young children worldwide

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Flemish entertainment giant Studio 100 has taken over Little Airplane Productions in New York City, an animation studio that has won more than 21 Emmy Awards. Little Airplane regularly partners with animation and film industry leaders such as Disney, Nickelodeon and Netflix.

It is the third takeover for Studio 100, but the first outside of Europe. “I have been impressed by Little Airplane’s work for years,” said Studio 100 CEO Hans Bourlon. “It is amazingly creative and has produced the most wonderful series and songs.”

Like Studio 100, Little Airplane specialises in animation for young children and has created series and movies for international markets. One of its best-known products in the west is Small Potatoes (pictured), shown in the UK. It is also known for its co-operation with Chinese production houses, and its P.King Duckling is hugely popular in the US.

Little Airplane will remain independently run by its founder, Josh Selig, in New York, in close co-operation with Studio 100 affiliates. Studio 100 owns a number of amusement parks, produces musical stage shows and manages pop group K3 along with its animation studio, responsible for such legendary children’s characters and programming as Samson & Gert, Bumba and Mega Mindy.