Accorder will be publishing Driftwood Bay, Sixteen South’s fantastic new pre-school series (52 x 7). Ever since its captivating debut at last year’s Cartoon Forum this has been one of the most anticipated new series. Driftwood Bay is a special island that exists in the imagination of a little girl named Lily who creates a world of adventure and friendship from different treasures she finds washed up on the beach. A key element of its distinctive charm is that the artwork is based entirely on things really washed up on a beach – shells, scraps of string, and bits of wood – the true flotsam and jetsam of the sea. So far broadcasts have been lined up on Nick Jr in the UK, RTE in Ireland, MTV and YLE in Finland, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden and Hop in Israel by distributors The Jim Henson Company.
Belfast-based Sixteen South, founded by Colin Williams, has produced more than 200 episodes of children’s television for broadcasters globally including the BBC, Nickelodeon, US cable giant Sprout and ABC Australia. It was ranked among the UK’s top indie producers by Televisual and also won the Deloitte Fast 50 Rising Star award in both 2011 and 2012. The shows, which include Sesame Tree, Big City Park, Big and Small, Pajanimals and now Driftwood Bay, have received an IFTA award, a BAFTA and two Emmy nominations.