BBC Three has commissioned two new animated short-form series from British IP incubator Wildseed Studios, “Wolf Jenkins: Vietnam Vet” and “Tales of the Serengeti.”
Created by comic actor Andy Needle, “Wolf Jenkins” follows heroic Vietnam veterinarian Wolf Jenkins as he attempts to rescue helpless animals that have been mugged, tortured or made to wear a fez by a series of evil super baddies. Its five four-minute episodes will premiere in the fall.
“Tales of the Serengeti” is a lo-fi animated soap opera created by cult cartoonist Ralph Kidson featuring African animals going about their daily business of fighting, fornicating, eating and swearing. Its 10 three-minute episodes will debut this summer.
“Wolf Jenkins” and “Tales of The Serengeti” were commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, controller of BBC Three, and Tilusha Ghelani of BBC Comedy. They are executive produced by Wildseed Studios founders Jesse Cleverly, an ex-BBC creative executive, and Miles Bullough, the former head of Aardman Animations.
Launched in 2013 will the initial goal of making up to 50 investments of up to £10,000 in projects ranging from apps, games and books to web series, live shows and movies, Wildseed has incubated 30 new pieces of comedy and genre fiction, including the alien invasion horror series “Hungerford” and the comedy horror vlogger series “Philip Human,” both of which were licensed for Fullscreen Media’s newly-launched SVOD service in the U.S.
In February 2016, BBC Three transitioned from a linear TV channel to an online-only one. It features original British comedies, dramas, documentaries and current affairs shows targeting viewers ages 16 to 34. Its programming is available from The Best Of Three and BBC Three on iPlayer on over 10,000 devices including smart TVs, set-top boxes, game consoles, native apps, streaming devices and browsers. Also launched in February was BBC Three’s The Daily Drop, which offers a daily stream of news and sports, original British comedy, drama and documentaries, along with short films, blogs, social media and third party links.