Wait. Huh? Wuzzuh? (lifts head, looks around groggily)
Well, that’s what it feels like around here these days. We’ve just emerged from a lot of production and the shows are now premiering, ready to spread their wings and soar like little birdies. Fly, TV shows, fly!
We just wrapped Season 4 of Ruby and the Well with Shaftesbury, the ‘emotional procedural’ that’s been seen across the continent over the last buncha years. That makes 36 hourlong episodes so far! Season 3 is now airing on Family and BYUTV, and season 4 will be along whenever the broadcasters darn well feel like it.
Galapagos X, produced by BigBadBoo, premiered on TVOKids recently and has already been nominated for a Prix Jeunesse, so that’s a thing. And Season 4 of preschool series 16 Hudson is in production right now at this exact minute! That brings the total number of eps of this award-winning show to, I wanna say, 105 or something? Is that right?
And one of our all-time favourites has just premiered on NBC Peacock, a bouncy little cartoon called SuperBuns, created by talent extraordinaire and all round great person Diane Kredensor with Yowza Animation. It’s based on her book series about a superbunny whose power is kindness. How adorable is that? (Hint: very.) And along the way managed to work with new cohorts of fabulous writers and creators, many from the BIPOC Kids Writing Bootcamp, whose work we enthusiastically support. And as always , we’re nothing but grateful to be working with so many great collaborators, producers, broadcasters, crew, artists and writers. Is this a golden age? Feels like a golden age. Or maybe that’s just the sun. (Looks around, still blinking groggily)
CONTENT ‘R’ US!
So we were at some industry conference a few years ago and there was a big banner across somebody’s booth that said “Kids Love Content.”
Wow, we thought.
That’s some kinda insight. Kids do love content! What’s better than content? Content is the best! So, as, er, ‘content-creators,’ we’re certainly thrilled to learn that and have been busily making content ever since. For the kids!
The second season of ‘Ruby and the Well,’ an hourlong ‘emotional procedural,’ has wrapped. The whole team, from the crew to the cast to everyone in post and beyond have given the series their all, and it shows. And it looks like it’s building an enthusiastic fan base across the continent. Watch for the new season to air on BYUTV and Family Channel later this year. Plus this: https://www.facebook.com/Rubyandthewell
In other news, ’16 Hudson’ is wrapping up its third season (it won and/or was nominated for a bunch of awards, including the UNESCO Special Prize at the Prix Jeunesse), ‘Judge Jodhi’ airs soon, ‘Galapagos X’ – the show about kids from the future returning to fix all the enviro-messes we’re making today – is in full swing, and a new project with some of our favourite collaborators and Netflix is chugging along nicely, too. We also just finished the fourth incarnation of the BIPOC Kids Writing Bootcamp and have loosed another cohort of brilliant and enthusiastic writers and creators on the world!
Because, you know – content. For the kids…
Four kids from the future, which is a troubled one, come to the present to help us prevent climate change problems. Orchid, Zephyr, Rae, and Oshie, known as ‘Team Galapagos X’, work together to restore balance.
In the future, berries and flowers have all but disappeared. While Orchid is convinced that the fate of her precious orchids and the disappearance of berries are related, the rest of her team is too preoccupied with their first mission to realize that the two are connected. Together with Bobbi, Orchid goes back to the present to find out who is behind all of it…