TELETOON is pleased to announce today that it has entered into seven (7) new development agreements with Canadian producers. These projects represent a diverse slate of titles that reflect the network’s core programming blocks, including its kids and after-school line-up, as well as its successful Teen/Young Adult option, The Detour on TELETOON.
* Foolish Girl, from Toronto-based CCI Entertainment;
* The Ghost Fiddler of Sable Island, from Ottawa-based Amberwood Productions;
* Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, from Toronto-based Portfolio Entertainment;
* Iggy Arbuckle Nature Freak, from Toronto-based Blueprint Entertainment;
* Jimmy Two-Shoes, from Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment;
* Road Hogs, from Montreal-based producers Cité-Amérique;
* Poussière d'étoile, from Matane's (QC) Les Productions Vic Pelletier in collaboration with Studio Art Média of Québec City.
TELETOON's Original Production team will oversee the development process of these strong concepts, assisting these independent producers move their property into production, while focusing on the network's brand character: fun, surprising, imaginative and Unreal!
TELETOON is Canada's first and only 24-hour-a-day animation station, providing English and French-language services to both children and adults. TELETOON is the largest supporter of the Canadian independent production community in animation. Since its inception in 1997, TELETOON has invested over $120 million in the creation, development and production of Canadian content and has commissioned close to 5000 half-hours of Original Productions. TELETOON is owned by Canada's Astral Media Inc (40%), Corus Entertainment Inc (40%), and Cookie Jar Entertainment Inc (20%).
FOOLISH GIRL, CCI Entertainment
Flash animation, series
“Foolish Girl” is based on the cartoon strip created by Canadian underground artist Vesna Mostovac, published in NOW, and Exclaim! The misadventures of a neurotic, guy-needing, and angst ridden 17 year-old girl provide female-skewing, dark humour content.
THE GHOST FIDDLER OF SABLE ISLAND, Amberwood Production
Classical 2D, special
Based on Canadian folklore, the romantic notion that Sable Island horses are descended from shipwreck survivors persists and becomes the backdrop to this special. A streetwise teenage girl is forced to spend the summer with relatives on Sable Island where she develops a friendship with a legendary ghost fiddler who assists her in rescuing a mare in distress; the girl leaves the island as a changed and evolved teenager.
HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS, Portfolio Entertainment
Classical 2D, Holiday special
From celebrated kid author Eric A. Kimmel, this Holiday special relates how Hershel outwits the goblins that haunt the old synagogue and prevent the village people from celebrating Hanukkah.
IGGY ARBUCKLE NATURE FREAK, Blueprint Entertainment
2D and Flash, series
Partnering with National Geographic Kids' Programming and Production, the series targets the 6 to 9 set, and follows the adventures of a “nature freak” pig and his sidekick Jiggers, a daredevil beaver. The series, created by Guy Vasilovich (Moville Mysteries, Hey Arnold!), is being developed by TELETOON in conjunction with Blueprint Entertainment, a young television production company whose stop-frame sketch comedy, The Wrong Coast, is set
to launch on TELETOON this fall.
JIMMY TWO-SHOES, Breakthrough Entertainment
Aimed at K10-12, the new Breakthrough series features an ever-optimistic Jimmy who, even if sent to hell instead of heaven, upon his death, keeps his cheery demeanour intact. The concept suggests high comedy potential, and would find a good fit in the network's after-school line-up.
ROAD HOGS, Cité-Amérique
This DETOUR title does not play favourites and wants to attract both male and female viewers. When two teenagers head out for the summer hoping to meet as many girls as possible, the concept of the “road movie” is brought to the animated television screen.
POUSSIÈRE D'ÉTOILE, Les Productions Vic Pelletier
Digital 2D, Holiday special
From this reputed regional production house from Matane, a coastal town along the St-Lawrence River in Quebec, comes this charming tale of Simon and Camille, young twin siblings who find themselves miniaturized after eating some candy made of star dust, and the journey they undertake to reach the North Pole in hope of finding the antidote.