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Wish Films is an animation and live-action studio, established by Will Brenton and Iain Lauchlan in 2006. It is the predecessor to Tell-Tale Productions, which was formed in 1994, first producing live shows, and later went on to produce TV shows.

Most of Wish's catalogue when it was known as Tell-Tale is currently owned by NBCUniversal (via DreamWorks Animation), with the exception of Tweenies, which is owned by BBC Studios. The rights to Boo! have been owned by NBCUniversal since 2003, followed by the most of their shows in 2016.


As Tell-Tale Productions

On 14 September 2001 Tell-Tale signed a deal with Gullane Entertainment for the production on two new shows, called Ella, and Sprogs, with the latter company distributing the series. [1]

On 26 July 2002 the BBC picked up the UK broadcasting rights to Boo! for a broadcast in September 2003.[2] On September 1, it was announced that Universal Pictures had acquired worldwide distribution rights to the series.[3]

On 18 September 2002 Tell-Tale announced the production of a cross 2D/3D series titled WARP. On the same day, it was confirmed that the distribution rights to Ella and Sprogs reverted to Tell-Tale after the deal with Gullane fell through due to HIT Entertainment's purchase of Gullane, alongside the production on two 60-minute direct-to-video Tweenies specials.[4]

On 1 February 2003 the company signed a property management deal with LMI for Sprogs, alongside a deal with BBC Music to allow music production for the series, which would air in Early 2004.[5]

On 27 January 2004 Carlton International acquired distribution rights to Sprogs. The company purchased the video rights in all regions except for the US and French-speaking territories, and worldwide TV rights excluding the UK, the US, and French and German-speaking territories. It was also confirmed that CBBC had acquired the UK broadcast rights to the series for a Fall 2004 broadcast date.[6]

On 13 September 2004 Entertainment Rights announced they would acquire Tell-Tale for £3.1 million. The buyout would include the rights to Sprogs, which had by then been renamed BB3B (previously handled by Carlton) and would be broadcast during the winter of 2005, alongside the rights to a new reboot of Fun Song Factory for air on CITV. The Tweenies property was retained by BBC Worldwide although Entertainment Rights would gain royalty income for the property, alongside rights to a planned feature-movie adaptation to the property. [7] The purchase was completed on 1 October 2004.[8]

On 20 December 2005 ITV acquired the broadcast rights to Jim Jam and Sunny for broadcast on the then-new CITV Channel, and that production would start in 2006, being the largest broadcast deal made by ITV for a children's series.[9]

Wish Films

In 2006, Will Brenton and Iain Lauchlan brought back Tell-Tale (excluding most of its catalogue) and reformed it as Wish Films.[10] Wish Films took over production of Jim Jam and Sunny, which premiered on CITV later on in the year.

In 2008, Wish produced their first international co-production, a TV adaptation of Wibbly Pig with Canadian-based 9 Story Entertainment, with the latter holding New World distribution rights, and BBC Worldwide holding all Old World rights.[11][12]

On 6 May 2010 CBeebies commissioned a new show from Wish to air in the channel's summer schedule called Mighty-Mites, presented by Sarah-Jane Honeywell.[13]

Other shows produced by Wish around these time frames are Florrie's Dragons, a co-production with Studio 100 and Clockwork Zoo, and Melody.


As Tell-Tale Productions

  • 1998: Fun Song Factory
  • 1999: Wow! That's What I Call Nursery Rhymes/Christmas!
  • 1999: Tweenies
  • 2003: WARP (CGI/2D animated pilot)
  • 2003: Jim Jam (animated pilot of Jim Jam and Sunny)
  • 2003: Boo!
  • 2003: Tweenies - Night-Time Magic (direct-to-video special)
  • 2004: Tweenies - Jungle Adventure (direct-to-video special)
  • 2004: Fun Song Factory (Reboot)
  • 2005: BB3B (originally called "Sprogs" in 2003 pilot)

As Wish Films

Live Shows

  • Fun Song Factory (1994-1997)
  • CBeebies Live (2005)
  • Thomas & Friends: The Big Live Tour/The All Aboard Live Tour (2002-2006)
  • Tweenies Live (2000-2001)
  • Tweenies Live: The Christmas Present (2001-2002, 2003)
  • Tweenies Live 2: The Fab-a-Rooney Tour (2002)
  • Tweenies Live: No Sleep 'till Bedtime (2005)


  1. ^ "Two new toons from Gullane and Tell-Tale".
  2. ^ "Tell-Tale says Boo! To BBC".
  3. ^ "Forum's co-pro conundrum".
  4. ^ "Tell-Tale launches Warped new animation".
  5. ^ "Tell-Tale springs into property management with Sprogs".
  6. ^ "Carlton bags new UK toon".
  7. ^ "Postman Pat buys Tweenies prodco".
  8. ^ "Quick Hits".
  9. ^ "Jim Jam joins CiTV launch". 20 December 2005.
  10. ^ "Who We Are".
  11. ^ "Wibbly Pig picks up Canadian partners".
  12. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Wibbly Pig goes to market around the world".
  13. ^ "BBC - Press Office - CBeebies celebrates the great outdoors this summer".
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