NI-made TV show starring a child with autism set to be shown in US and Canada
A TV series made by a Northern Ireland company and starring a child with autism is to be shown on TV screens in US and Canada.
Pablo, which is a live action and 2D animation series written and produced by Paper Owl Films, has been snapped up by US network giant, Universal Kids, and Canada's public broadcaster, CBC.
Further global TV listings are in the pipeline for 2018 with distributor CAKE securing sales in Latin America, Sweden, and Finland, among many other locations.
Pablo creator, Grainne McGuinness of Paper Owl Films, said: "We wanted to create an authentic and compelling children's TV series to encourage greater understanding and empathy around autism.
"We're delighted that UK and Ireland viewers have so enjoyed the magic of Pablo and very proud that his exciting adventures are now going to be shared with millions of new children and grown-ups across the world," she added.
Pablo tells the story of a five-year-old boy with autism. Using magic crayons, he creates an imaginary world filled with playful animal characters.
Pablo has already been well-received among UK and Irish audiences.
It was launched on CBeebies and RTEjr in 2017, with the first half of a 52-part season screened over autumn/winter.