‘Beat Bugs’ & ‘Motown Magic’ creator on his passionate pursuit of music rights

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If you’re a young child, or the parent of a young child, you may be familiar with the Netflix kids show ‘Beat Bugs’--which follows the adventures of five animated insects who sing along to Beatles songs. The creator of ‘Beat Bugs’ is Josh Wakely, an Australian writer who--before he made that show--had never worked in children’s TV or animation. And there was an even bigger hurdle--he had his heart set on getting the rights to The Beatles catalog. Wakely tells us about his years-long pursuit of the rights to some of the world’s most famous music for ‘Beat Bugs’ and his newest show, ‘Motown Magic,’ which uses songs from another iconic catalog.



Kim Masters


Kaitlin Parker