Ahhhh Awards Season.

That time of year when you find yourself in your Spanx, digging under the bed for your adulting heels, coughing up hairballs that, while you were sleeping, have apparently been unionizing for this moment, chastising yourself for your criminal housekeeping ways, and then – beaten back to your asthma puffer – deciding to wear flats anyway because please, you’re gonna walk in heels? How close to being a meme do you actually want to come?

You get it.

And the nominees are…!

Galapagos X- 2024 Prix Jeunesse

It’s a climate change show – for kids! And it’s funny, and it’s hopeful and inspiring and gives kids some really great science to hang onto as they grow up on our quickly changing planet. We exec produced and wrote on this Big Bad Boo show with amazing creator Shabnam Rezaei for TVO.

John May and Suzanne Bolch for 16 Hudson “Spice Box” – 2023 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing Children’s or Youth

This one is actually from last  year, but we missed noting it what with our noses to some grindstone or another. For four seasons 16 Hudson has tackled preschool topics big and small, heavy and light, and always with humour. We exec produced and wrote on this Big Bad Boo show with Shabnam Rezaei for TVO – along with a diverse group of writers with whom we enjoyed THE BEST and most fun stories about all the different cultures they were from.

And the winner is…!

Suzanne Bolch and John May for Superbuns! “The Sweet Sound of Christmas” – 2024 Writer’s Guild of Canada Award – Preschool

Superbuns! is what it sounds like – a superhero bunny! And her superpower? Kindness. This one was with the wonderful creator Diane Kredensor (based on her books) for Peacock. Diane waves a funny wand over everything she touches so this show was just such a blast to work on. An award is just like a shiny heavy metal cherry on top. 

And now with Awards Season over, it’s back to our sweatpants! And the heels go back under the bed where they can’t taunt us for another delightful year.

–        Suz

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NEWS – Feb. 2024

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)

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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…

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Galapagos X

Galapagos X

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…

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Review: Connor Undercover S2

  • YTN – Youth Television News
    Matthew D. Pascoe
    The second season of spy drama sitcom Connor Undercover world premiered today on ABC3. The series has managed to grow since the previous season, with more character development, story arcs and improved acting.
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