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|Industry||Media, Television Production|
|Founded||April 1, 1998|
|Headquarters||Manchester, England, UK|
|Products||Children's Television, Stop motion|
|Total assets||$1,119 million|
Number of employees
Their worldwide success followed with Bob the Builder, a show for pre-school children about a builder and his talking machines. In 2000, the theme tune was released as a single, Can We Fix It? with an accompanying promo produced at HOT, which beat Kylie Minogue's "Please Stay", Eminem's Stan and Westlife's "What Makes a Man" to become the Christmas number-one single.
The company then made a reboot of Brambly Hedge, a series of 30-minute specials based on the illustrated books for children by Jill Barklem, and Rubbadubbers, a series about bath toys that come alive. Pingu, a Swiss series about a family of penguins, was recreated with great success in 2003. The company also provided CGI effects for seasons 8-12 of Thomas & Friends.
HOT ceased to produce the main series of Bob the Builder after 2007 when the studio announced jobs would be cut, and opted to produce a direct to DVD series called Bob the Builder: On Site, using stop-motion from Bob's World and live action from real world construction sites. The studio closed sometime before HIT was purchased by Mattel in 2012.
List of Productions
- Brambly Hedge (1998-1999, Season 2 only)
- Bob the Builder (1998–2009, Seasons 1-16 only)
- Rubbadubbers (2003–2005)
- Pingu (2003–2006, Seasons 5-6 only)
- Bob the Builder: A Christmas to Remember (2001)
- Bob the Builder: The Knights of Can-A-Lot (2003)
- Bob the Builder: Snowed Under - The Bobblesburg Winter Games (2004)
- Bob the Builder - Project Build it: When Bob Became A Builder (2005)
- Bob the Builder - Project Build it: Built to Be Wild (2005)
- Bob the Builder - Project Build it: Scrambler to the Rescue (2007)
- Bob the Builder - Project Build it: Race to the Finish (2008)
- Life on Mars (2007, Animated a sequence for Episode 5 of the Second Season that paid a tribute to Camberwick Green)
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