GURU STUDIO’S ORIGINAL COMEDY-ADVENTURE BIG BLUE GREENLIT BY CBC/RADIO-CANADA
Toronto, CA (July 3, 2018)— Toronto-based children’s entertainment powerhouse, Guru Studio, the studio behind blockbuster series PAW Patrol, Ever After High, Academy Award-nominated feature film The Breadwinner, two-time Emmy-nominated Justin Time and Netflix Original preschool hit True and the Rainbow Kingdom, is pleased to announce today that Big Blue (52x11), a new animated series for kids aged 5-9, has been greenlit by CBC/Radio-Canada. The comedy-adventure series is set to debut on CBC Kids and ICI Radio-Canada Télé in 2020.
The series, created by Gyimah Garibah, 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. Together, they just might unravel the mysterious secrets of their underwater universe.
“CBC/Radio-Canada is the perfect broadcast partner for Big Blue and the CBC Kids team is a blast to work with!” said Frank Falcone, President and Executive Creative Director of Guru Studio.
“We are thrilled to partner with Guru Studio to bring Canadian audiences this visually remarkable series that will inspire kids to make their world a better place,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC.
“We know kids will love this smart funny show in which our characters uncover the mysteries of a vast ocean-covered planet across a season arc,” said Marie McCann, Senior Director, CBC Kids.
“Gyimah’s vision for this series has created a show with universal appeal and charm packed with comedy and high-stakes adventure,” said Rachel Marcus, Development Executive at Guru Studio.
Gyimah Garibah, a Ghanaian Canadian was named by Forbes as one of the “15 Young African Creatives Rebranding Africa,” in 2015 and whose unique visual art has amassed a large social media and celebrity following. Big Blue was developed with CBC Kids and veteran creator Jason Hopley, whose credits include Wandering Wenda Studio K and You and Me. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Marie McCann is Senior Director, CBC Kids; and Drew Mullin is Executive in Charge of Production.
Guru Studio is currently seeking international co-production partners for participation in the series.