Nickelodeon has brought on board the series, based on the much-loved Reverend Awdry “Thomas the Tank Engine” books, and will also be the exclusive consumer products agent for “Thomas & Friends” in the U.S. The deal spells an end to Thomas’ long relationship with PBS, which showed spin-off series “Shining Time Station” as far back as the late 1980s and “Thomas & Friends” from 2004.
Mattel took ownership of the Thomas & Friends brand when it acquired Hit Entertainment in 2011 and has given the TV property a major overhaul for its upcoming 22nd season, “Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!”, which debuts in the fall.
The new look and storylines were developed in association with the United Nations, incorporating several