Showing posts with label NBC Universal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NBC Universal. Show all posts

Saturday, 1 July 2017

A Pair Of Brand-New Original Animated Series, Norm And Powerbirds Have Been Greenlit For The New Sprout Preschool Block On Upcoming US Net Universal Kids

NBCUniversal’s forthcoming Universal Kids network has greenlit two new 52 x 11 minute original animated series, Norm and Powerbirds, for its Sprout preschool block.

Created by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen, Powerbirds follows the adventures of two pet parakeets that happen to live secret superhero lives. The series is expected to debut in early 2019.

Norm, meanwhile, is a stop-motion series scheduled for late 2019 starring the son of Mother Nature. As a handyman of the forest, he uses his wits and a sprinkle of magic to solve problems for his eccentric animal friends.

Both new series were announced as development projects in February.

Universal Kids has also revealed July 15 as the Sprout premiere date for its Zodiak Kids-produced animated original Kody Kapow, and added Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) to its voice cast as Goji the Tiger. Set in China, the series follows a Chinese-American boy who learns he is destined to become a martial arts superhero.

Kody Kapow is created by Alexander Bar (Mike the Knight) and developed for television by Robin J. Stein and Daniel Bryan Franklin. It is executive produced by Eryk Casemiro, with animation produced by Boat Rocker-owned Jam Filled under the direction of Sam Chou.

The rebranding of Sprout into Universal Kids will officially kick off from September 9, 2017. Sprout’s name will live on as a daily preschool programming block airing 15 hours of content with Universal Kids programmed older kids and families then on.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

NBCUniversal Starting Universal Kids With DreamWorks Animation As A New Kids Channel In September - Will DStv Perhaps Consider Getting The Channel?

NBCUniversal and DreamWorks Animation is launching a brand-new kids TV channel, Universal Kids. The channel will replace Sprout Network on 9 September with new and fresh programming line-up to spice it up, old programming will still resume on the new channel.

Universal Kids will be aimed at 2 to 11 year olds with content from DreamWorks Animation Television, including series, unscripted entertainment, live action shows and international programming.

Universal Kids will launch on 9 September in America with shows like DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk based on the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, All Hail King Julien based on the Madagascar franchise, and Nowhere Boys, a fantasy-adventure series that follows four teenagers who get lost in the woods only to discover upon their return that they're stuck in a world in which they never existed.

Other shows on Universal Kids will include comedy series Little Lunch about what happens during lunch where kids discuss big issues, the tween drama The Next Step that follows a group of dancers, and Hank Zipzer about the misadventures of a 12-year old dyslexic schoolboy based on Henry Winkler's novels based on his own childhood experiences.

"We see enormous potential to grow our audience in this space and create the Universal Kids platform for families to experience together,” said Frances Berwick, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Lifestyle Networks president, in a statement.

"NBCUniversal is invested in the kids and family business, and the company believes in working together – we will benefit from promotion across our portfolio of networks and across the company through support that is unparalleled in the industry."

"We will reflect all that is universal about being a kid through connection, storytelling and entertainment - a place that reflects their life and passions," says Deirdre Brennan, Universal Kids general manager, who was appointed back in January.