Dreamworks Animation expands TV portfolio with acquisition of the Chapman Entertainment library, including Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car.

DreamWorks Animation, the company behind the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda franchises, has acquired the library of Chapman Entertainment.

The UK children’s television production and licensing company is behind brands including Fifi and the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion and Little Charley Bear, all of which will now be distributed through DreamWorks Animation’s UK-based TV distribution operation. 

Chapman Entertainment was formed in 2002 by Keith Chapman, the originator of Bob the Builder.

Eric Ellenbogen, co-head of DreamWorks Animation International TV and DreamWorks Classics, said: “The Chapman acquisition reaffirms our commitment to UK-based productions of distinction and we look forward to delivering brand new TV adventures from these popular series.”

The deal follows Dreamworks Animations’ acquisition of Classic Media in August 2012.