Fresh TV, in association with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) announced today that FME has acquired exclusive licensing and distribution rights outside of Canada for the new live-action series, My Babysitter’s A Vampire premiering on TELETOON Canada Inc. in 2011.
As announced at the Banff World TV festival, the series will be debuting on TELETOON on both its English- and French-language services early next year. The series will have 13 half-hour episodes, and follows the production of the MOW of the same name, which is scheduled to air October 9th, 2010.
FME, the brand extension and commercial arm of FremantleMedia, one of the leading creators and producers of entertainment brands in the world, will also manage the exclusive worldwide licensing, television and home entertainment distribution rights. My Babysitter’s A Vampire marks the second major release to come from FME’s newly established Children and Family Entertainment division formed late last year.
“We’re so psyched that FremantleMedia has come on board, and are representing this hilarious series,” said Tom McGillis, Executive Producer at Fresh TV. “Our new relationship will put My Babysitter’s a Vampire on the map in a big way” added McGillis.
Bob Higgins, Senior Vice President of FME’s Children and Family Entertainment division said, “My Babysitter’s A Vampire is the perfect live-action series to add to our portfolio as we continue building this division. The franchise potential is tremendous and the originality of the show raises the bar with the ever-evolving vampire genre. We are particularly excited to be working with the tremendously creative folks at Fresh TV and look forward to bringing the project to family audiences next year.”
My Babysitter’s A Vampire is a fun, family-friendly teen adventure-comedy that takes a bite out of pop culture phenomena like Twilight, and horror movies
in general. The series will continue to follow the geeky and sci-fi loving 14-year-old Ethan (Matthew Knight: Flashpoint, The Grudge 2) and his uber geeky best pals Benny (Atticus Mitchell: How to be Indie) and recent vampire recruit, Rory (Cameron Kennedy: Toronto Stories and The Latest Buzz) as they defend their town against an avalanche of scary supernatural phenomena. With the help of Ethan’s smokin’ hot babysitter Sarah (Vanessa Morgan: Harriet the Spy, The Latest Buzz) a fledgling vampire, and her BFF Erica (Kate Todd: Cashing In, Life with Derek), also recently recruited to the dark side, Ethan and his gang will come face-to-face with the netherworld of vampires, werewolves and spirit creatures.
In this smart, funny, fast-paced action series, the gang will wisecrack their way through run-ins with zombies, aliens, vampires and werewolves — not to mention girls, detention and bullies — and will remind kids everywhere that no matter what kind of supernatural villains the world has in store, the scariest thing of all is still: High School!
My Babysitter’s A Vampire was created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch, and developed by Fresh TV, in association with TELETOON Canada Inc. Executive Producers are McGillis, Pertsch, Brian Irving, George Elliott, Sander Schwartz and Bob Higgins; Associate Producer Robin McLeod and Producer Manny Danelon.
My Babysitter’s A Vampire is produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit Program, the Shaw Rocket Fund and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.