Watch Next Media, Beakus and JSBC win BBC and France Televisions commission for Big Lizard

Member News  |  12 September 2023

Aardman will handle the global distribution of the new 3D animated preschool series.

Big Lizard

CBeebies in the UK and France Télévisions have jointly commissioned a brand new 3D animated preschool series, Big Lizard, co-produced by UK animation studio Beakus and leading French production companies Watch Next Media and Je Suis Bien Content (JSBC).

The independent, multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA® award winning studio Aardman is on board the project handling global distribution for the 52 x 7’ show, which is scheduled to launch in Autumn 2024.

Big Lizard

Featuring a stellar voice cast including Josh Widdicombe (The Last Leg, QI, Taskmaster) as Dad, Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks, Doctor Who) as D.O.R.I.S., and Lois Sefton (123 Number Squad) as Cosima, Big Lizard was created by Amaël Isnard and Steve Smith (Beakus). Amaël Isnard will also direct the show and Steve Smith will produce alongside Je Suis Bien Content’s Franck Ekinci.

Big Lizard is a brand new comedy adventure series about a young astronaut called Cosima and a big lizard called Big Lizard. The series is a mixture of comedy and adventure, with some light education about science and prehistoric planet Earth.

Big Lizard

We are delighted to be partnering with such an amazing team to produce this brilliant, funny and unique show. Big Lizard has all the ingredients it needs to enchant audiences and parents alike.

Steve Smith, Creator and Producer of Big Lizard

Following the success of Roger and Hello Kitty Super Style, Watch Next and JSBC are happy to consolidate their expertise in producing 3D animated series for preschoolers with Big Lizard.

Philippe Alessandri, CEO of Watch Next Media, and Franck Ekinci, Founder of JSBC