GURU STUDIO LAUNCHES THREE ORIGINALS AT MIPCOM 2018
Includes New Series and Episodes for Disney Junior, Hulu, CBC and Netflix
Toronto, ON October 5, 2018—Guru Studio, a leader in children’s original entertainment and the powerhouse animation studio behind such series as PAW Patrol and its flagship Netflix Original series True and the Rainbow Kingdom, announced today it will be bringing its largest and most diverse roster of originals to MIPCOM to date.
The lineup includes its newest preschool series Pikwik, which will air on Disney Junior US, and which recently signed a US second window deal with streaming service Hulu; Big Blue, a comedy-adventure series greenlit by CBC, and the Netflix Original preschool hit True and the Rainbow Kingdom which in just a few short months has become a top rated kids show on CBC in Canada.
“This has been a tremendous year of creative growth for Guru” said Frank Falcone, President and Executive Creative Director. “We’re bringing our strongest and most diverse slate of originals and starting to tease out the new slate currently in early development.”
Pikwik (52 x 11’, ages 2-5): Every day brings a new surprise as thoughtful leader Suki the Hedgehog and her team, Trevor the racoon, Hazel the cat, and Tibor the hippo help deliver surprise-filled parcels to the colorful residents of Pikwik. Pikwik will air on Disney Junior US, Australia/New Zealand, Korea and India. The series will also stream in the US exclusively on Hulu following its run on Disney.
Big Blue (52 x 11’, ages 5-9): The comedy-sci-fi adventure series follows sibling underwater adventurers Lettie and Lemo who lead a quirky submarine crew with a magical ocean fairy stow away named Bacon Berry while they explore and protect the denizens of a vast ocean-covered planet. Big Blue is set to debut on CBC Kids and ICI Radio-Canada Télé in 2020.
True and the Rainbow Kingdom (20 x 22’, preschool): Compassionate hero 8-year-old True and her best friend Bartleby the cat unlock the power of magical wishes to rescue the whimsical citizens of the kingdom. True and Bartleby’s comedic adventures empower girls and boys to be mindful, courageous and respectful of all living things.
Justin Time (74 x 11’ episodes & 2 x 22 mini movies, preschool): Justin and his imaginary pals Olive and Squidgy travel in time to every corner of the world as Justin’s imagination catapults them into larger-than-life historical adventures. The series draws on the timeless themes of fun, friendship and adventure. The two-time Emmy-nominated series now airs in more than 138 countries worldwide.
About Guru Studio:
Guru Studio is a creative-driven entertainment company renowned for creating, developing and producing internationally acclaimed and highly successful shows including its premier Netflix Original Preschool series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom; Paw Patrol™, the #1 U.S. Preschool smash-hit and consumer products phenomenon produced in collaboration with Spin Master and Nick Jr.; Mattel’s, Ever After High; and its own two-time original Emmy® Award nominated preschool series Justin Time in association with Disney Junior. Guru Studio was also involved in the production of the Academy Award nominated animated feature The Breadwinner, based on the award-winning novel by Deborah Ellis. The company is currently producing comedy-adventure series Big Blue with the CBC, is slated to deliver the third season of True and the Rainbow Kingdom in 2019, and recently announced its newest original preschool series Pikwik will be airing on Disney Junior US. Led by President and Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone, Guru Studio is an industry leader in animated storytelling for kids of all ages. www.gurustudio.com