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GURU STUDIO DIVES INTO THE BIG BLUE WITH CBC - Nov 02 2016

Guru Studio’s latest project Big Blue is now in development with Kids’ CBC. This fresh original show follows sibling underwater adventurers Lettie and Lemo and their quirky submarine crew as they…

Guru Job Fair - Aug 03 2016

Guru Studio is hiring! Join us for an open door event this Thursday August 4, 12PM - 4PM at Spirit House, 487 Adelaide St. W. to learn more about current job openings and to showcase your work! We look…

Guru Arcade Launches Pop Rocket Rescue on Mobile - May 06 2016

Guru Arcade has released Pop Rocket Rescue, a mobile game available on the App Store and Google Play. Pop Rocket Rescue is an interplanetary physics-based adventure where your mission is to rescue Fizzies,…

Guru Featured in Applied Arts Magazine - Nov 24 2015

Guru is proud to be profiled in the most recent issue of Applied Arts magazine, which features the best creative work produced in Canada and around the world.

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DHX TO CONTINUE TO BROADCAST JUSTIN TIME IN 2016 - Sep 10 2015

Between September and January, DHX will continue broadcasting Disney content on the Family Channel, but gradually the lineup will be replaced with more of its own programs, which include Canadian-produced…

"TRUE AND THE RAINBOW KINGDOM" ON NETFLIX IN 2017 - Jun 30 2015

True & the Rainbow Kingdom is a comedy adventure series for preschoolers from Guru Studio, Home Plate Entertainment and i am OTHER. True is the guardian of the magical Rainbow Kingdom and the show’s…

OVATION MAGAZINE'S FEATURE ON FRANK FALCONE - Jun 08 2015

As the leader behind Toronto-based Guru Studio, Frank Falcone has long championed homegrown animation talent. The result is some of the best animation on the small screen.

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FRANK FALCONE FEATURED IN TBI VISION - Apr 29 2015

Digital disruption and an end to regulatory protection has some in the Canadian kids business worried, but while content providers have one less broadcaster to pitch following the sell-off of Astral…

NEW Digital Pilot "Nemesis" Launches on Teletoon.com - Apr 13 2015

Blade and Josh have been in the same class since kindergarten. Back in the day they were the best of friends. But one day the “incident” happened…and everything changed. Now they’re each other’s…

PRESIDENT FRANK FALCONE FEATURED ON GLOBAL NEWS - Nov 26 2014

Canadian children’s programs Justin Time, Rocket Monkeys and If I Had Wings are this year’s winners of the Shaw Rocket Prize, and will each receive $25,000. Guru Studio won the 0-to-5 age group…

NETFLIX ORDERS A NEW SEASON OF JUSTIN TIME - Nov 10 2014

Titled Justin Time: The New Adventures, the series will include 13 half-hour episodes and will premier on Netflix around the world in spring 2016. The original Justin Time is an award-winning animated…

JETPACK TO REPRESENT JUSTIN TIME IN CEEMA TERRITORIES - Sep 16 2014

Jetpack Distribution, the sales outfit created by partners Samka Productions, Nerdcorps Entertainment and Gardiner Entertainment, announced today that they will be representing the TV and Licensing…

Guru Studio Enters Game Arcade - Jul 28 2014

Guru Studio has established Guru Arcade, a key new interactive venture dedicated to developing the highest quality original digital IP as well as producing engaging brand extensions for existing television…

JUSTIN TIME Expands Across Global Platforms - Apr 08 2014

AWARD-WINNING PRESCHOOL SERIES HEADS TO CARTOONITO ITALY AND NETFLIX LATAM

Toronto, Canada and Cannes, France (April 8, 2014) Guru Studio is delighted to announce a new broadcast partnership…

Guru Expands Brand Support with new Marketing Director - Apr 01 2014

Guru Studio is delighted to announce the appointment of Monika Sharma in the newly created position of Director of Marketing. The role was created to meet the exponential growth of the company’s production,…

Justin Time wins a 2014 Canadian Screen Award - Mar 10 2014

Guru Studio’s original television series Justin Time took home the award for Best Preschool Program or Series at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. We’d like to congratulate our artists,…

GURU PROMOTES AMY ROBSON - Dec 04 2013

Guru Studio has promoted its senior producer of animation to the role of VP of production. Amy Robson joined Guru in 2005 and since then has overseen the production of both the TV and interactive components…

GURU LAUNCHES FIRST IN-HOUSE GAME APP - Nov 06 2013

Guru Studio has released its first in-house developed app, Justin’s Jig Jag Jog. The app features three game levels and locations, based on episodes from the Justin Time series.

GURU HIRES DIRECTOR OF SALES - Sep 11 2013

Guru Studio has hired Ian Lambur, an exec from Spanish kids company Vodka Capital, as its first director of sales.

CANADA LICENSES NICKELODEON'S PAW PATROL - Jul 26 2013

Canadian broadcasters TVO Kids and Knowledge Network have picked up Paw Patrol, a new Nickelodeon preschool series. Guru brought to life Spin Master Entertainment's CGI animated toon, which is based on…

JUSTIN TIME STEPS INTO GLOBAL LICENSING ARENA - Jun 12 2013

Guru Studio's animated property Justin Time is expanding into the merchandising world through newly appointed agencies Knockout Licensing and Super RTL Merchandising for North America and Germany, respectively.

SECOND BOOK FOR GURU STUDIO'S JUSTIN TIME - May 30 2013

Guru Studio and publishing partner Immedium are proud to announce the release of a second Justin Time book "The Big Pet Story", expanding the multi-platform presence of the Emmy-nominated. hit preschool…

TVO helps make WISH COME TRUE - Apr 15 2013

Guru Studio and Home Plate Entertainment have announced TVO (Ontario, Canada’s public educational media organization) has joined the development team for their new animated preschool series Wish Come…

JUSTIN TIME ON NETFLIX! - Apr 15 2013

Netflix has struck a deal with Canadian toon house Guru Studio for its CGI preschool series Justin Time across multiple territories. The OTT service has acquired the subscription video-on-demand (SVoD)…

GURU'S 'DINOPAWS' GOES INTERNATIONAL - Mar 02 2013

The UK and international versions of CBeebies and Canada’s Treehouse are now onboard for DINOPAWS, a new transatlantic preschool cartoon about three young dinosaurs.

GURU'S 'DINOPAWS' IS READY TO ROAM - Mar 06 2013

A new international co-production from Impossible Kids (U.K.), Kindle Entertainment (U.K.) and Guru Studio (Canada) has been given the go-ahead with commissions from U.K. kids’ channel CBeebies, the…

BBC PICKS UP 'DINOPAWS' - Mar 06 2013

BBC Worldwide has picked up global merchandising and TV distribution rights (outside of the U.K. and Canada) to the new prehistoric preschool series "Dinopaws."

JUSTIN TIME: PANCAKE EXPRESS BOOK REVIEW - Feb 12 2013

By Canadian Railway Modeller magazine -- book review by Russell Morgan Adapted and based upon the children's television show Justin Time (PBS, NBC and the Disney Family Channel in Canada) this animated…

GURU AND NFB GET ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS - Feb 12 2013

Toronto-based Guru Studios and the National Film Board have been nominated for the 40th annual Annie Awards for some of their animated work in 2012. Guru Studio secured nominations in three categories,…

GURU LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE, 2D DIVISIONS - Jan 28 2013

Guru Studio announced the expansion of two key business areas, Interactive Content and 2D Animation, with a staffing increase of over 40 percent. The new 2D Animation division is meant to complement the…

CANADA'S GURU STUDIO GROWS COMPANY BY 40% - Jan 25 2013

Canadian indie production company Guru Studio, creator of the animated series Justin Time, is significantly expanding its 2D animation and interactive content businesses with staffing expected to increase…

A general look at the sucess of Justin Time - Dec 04 2012

Kidscreen reports on the success of Justin Time as well as the steady process in producing the show, while exploring the unique approach. Take a look at page two to find out more!

Guru Studio at MIP Junior - Oct 04 2012

TV Kids reports on Guru’s attendance at Mip Junior and current productions in the works.

Justin time on European channels - Sep 17 2012

Justin Time being aired on multiple European channels later this year. Channels; Super RTL (Germany), ETV (Estonia), VRT (Belgium), PopTV (UK) and Disney Jr. Germany will begin airing season 1and 2 later…

Guru and Home Plate Team Up on 'Wish Come True' - Jun 11 2012

Exploring the magical world of wishes, the 52 X11-minute CG show revolves around a clever, nine-year-old girl named True and her adventures in the faraway land of the Rainbow King. “I instantly connected…

Publishing Deal for Justin Time - Jun 12 2012

Guru has teamed up with publisher Immedium to publish a new Justin Time book series based on the hit TV preschool show of the same name.

Justin Time Beyond the Screen - Jun 01 2012

Guru's expansion of the Justin Time brand includes its first book, as well as merchandising opportunities.

Justin Time TV Review - May 31 2012

Parents need to know that Justin Time is a gentle show, meant for the youngest members of the family, and is packed with science-based information handled in an age-appropriate way.

Justin Time Rating Success - May 21 2012

Ratings increases have been fueled by new series like Lazy Town and Justin Time and by new episodes of The Good Night Show

NBC Plans Saturday Preschool Block - Mar 29 2012

The three-hour block will feature programming tailored specifically to preschool age children and include series “The Wiggles,” “Noodle & Doodle,” Jim Henson’s “Pajanimals,” “Poppy Cat,”…

Immedium Ties In with 'Justin Time' - May 31 2012

Immedium, the publisher of the Octonauts book series, has signed a license with Guru Studio for a series of books based on the preschool adventure TV series, Justin Time. The show launched on PBS Sprout…

Guru's Justin Time to Debut on Sprout! - Apr 18 2012

Sprout has already acquired two seasons of the show which has attracted audiences on numerous networks around the world, including Discovery Kids Latin America and Disney Junior.

Sprout to Launch Justin Time on Earth Day - Apr 18 2012

The series centers around Justin, a young boy who imagines himself traveling around the world at different points in history. The premiere kicks off the weeklong "Justin Time for Earth Week," which will…

Justin Time to bow on Sprout - Apr 04 2012

Broadcasters currently airing the hit series include Discovery Kids (Latin America), Disney Junior (Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy and French-speaking Canada), YLE (Finland) and HOP! Channel (Israel).…

Justin Time sprouts new broadcast deal - Apr 03 2012

Sprout acquired two seasons of Justin Time, the inspiring animated preschool show that is already a huge hit on numerous networks around the world, including Discovery Kids Latin America and Disney Junior*.…

Sprout Plans to Premiere New Show, Justin Time - Feb 01 2012

Sprout acquired two seasons of Justin Time, an animated preschool show that also airs on networks around the world, including Discovery Kids Latin America and Disney Jr. Justin Time features a young boy…

Guru’s Justin Time to Premiere on Sprout - Apr 04 2012

Sprout acquired two seasons of Justin Time, the inspiring animated preschool show that is already a huge hit on numerous networks around the world, including Discovery Kids Latin America and Disney Junior.

NBC Animation News - Mar 30 2012

Beginning Saturday, July 7, 2012, the early weekend will be programmed by Sprout, known primarily as a co-managed, 24/7 preschool network partnership between NBC Universal, Sesame Workshop, PBS, and others.

NBC to launch Sprout kids’ block - Mar 29 2012

The move comes after C21 revealed Comcast, NBC’s parent, was in the driving seat to buy Hit Entertainment’s stake in Sprout, the US children’s cable channel, last year. Comcast already owns 40% of…

Shaw Rocket Fund Showcase - Feb 08 2012

Justin Time Little boy and his imaginary friend learn about history, geography, science – plus valuable lessons on life skills like cooperation and team work – through imaginary travel to faraway places.Skylife…

Teletoon to Develop Guru Nemesis - Jan 20 2012

Nemesis revolves around the exploits of two groups of kids at one school, one group led by Blade and the other by Josh, formerly best friends and now archenemies. Nemesis is slated to go into production…

Guru Inks Development Deal for Nemesis - Jan 19 2012

Nemesis chronicles the comical antics of two groups of kids at Palmerston Primary, one led by Blade and the other by Josh. Once best friends, they've now become archenemies on the playground, battling…

MIPTV 2011 Animation Spotlight - Apr 04 2011

Justin Time is a preschool animation that eschews your typically faultless problem solver in favor of a kid who isn't afraid to go out of his comfort zone every once in a while. Guru Studio debuted the…

Justin Time Finds International Slots - Mar 15 2011

Discovery Kids Latin America, YLE Finland and Hop! Channel Israel have all taken Justin Time (26x11′), a series Guru has created for Family Channel and Disney Junior Canada and which will debut this…

Justin Time ranks in MIP Jr Screening - Oct 06 2010

Guru Studio's Justin Time ranks in at no. 13 of the most requested programs at MIP Jr. The list compiled 30 of the most viewed children's shows at the MIP Jr. 2010 festival.

Guru Sets Up Distribution Arm - Sep 23 2010

The show, aimed at three-to-six-year-olds, is Guru's first original production and was commissioned by Canada's Family Channel and Playhouse Disney Canada.

Crash Karma video featured in STASH! - Jun 09 2010

"We wanted to capture the translucency of the video's animated protagonists and the feel of paper," says Guru co-director Yurie Rocha. "The song conveys how powerless you can feel sometimes in the face…

Guru and Zinc Roe team up on Justin Time - Feb 02 2010

Currently in production on preschool series Justin Time for Family Channel Canada, Toronto-based guru studio has partnered with kids interactive house zinc Roe to develop an online interactive component…

Guru debuts Justin Time at MIPCOM - Sep 11 2008

Guru has signed a development deal with an unnamed Canadian broadcaster and will be seeking international pre-sales at MIP.

MIPTV 2008 Cool new shows - Sep 01 2008

Spaceface aims to stand out, with an original concept from Toronto's own comic book artist Chris Stone.

The Annie Awards - Dec 13 2007

The Backyardigans is nominated for the Best Animated Television Production for Children at The Annie Awards!

Guru Studio gets the CG toon Justin Time - Mar 27 2011

Justin Time follows the adventures of Justin and his pals Squidgy and Olive as they travel to the most famous places. Oh, and it doesn’t have to be a famous place right now, they’ll travel through…

Guru Showcasing Justin Time - Sep 22 2010

The series is now in production for Canada's Family Channel and Playhouse Disney in Canada. The 26x11-minute show will also have a full interactive component of mobile apps, as well as online web-based…

Guru Studio Produces Video for Crash Karma's Fight - Apr 29 2010

Produced for The Management Trust and E1 Entertainment, Fight is set to premiere today on Much Music. The music video is a first for Guru Studio, a Toronto-based animation company celebrating 10 years…