GURU STUDIO’S NEWEST ORIGINAL SERIES PIKWIK TO LAUNCH ON TREEHOUSE IN CANADA
Toronto, CA (May 21, 2019) – Toronto-based children’s content producer Guru Studio is pleased to announce today that Corus Entertainment has acquired the Canadian broadcast rights for its newest original preschool series, Pikwik. The animated series, which began production last August, will launch in Canada on Treehouse in early 2020 to coincide with the US premiere on Disney Junior.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Corus come on board with Pikwik,” said Jonathan Abraham, VP Sales and Business Development at Guru Studio. “Treehouse’s reach in Canada is unparalleled, and together with our broadcast partner Disney Junior in the US, we have incredible support to reach a wide audience.”
“Guru is renowned for brilliant storytelling and stunning animation and Pikwik is no exception to that,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “Pikwik is the perfect fit for Treehouse and will capture the hearts of parents and delight our young viewers with its vibrant cast of characters and non-stop fun.”
The preschool series aimed for kids ages 2-5, follows team leader Suki the hedgehog, Axel the racoon, Hazel the cat, and Tibor the hippo, as they work together to deliver surprise-filled parcels to the colourful residents of Pikwik. The 52 x 11 minute episodes are packed with big adventures and heartfelt charm while underscoring the social value of teamwork, responsibility, and critical thinking.
Pikwik was created by Guru Studio’s President and Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone and VP Creative Development Rachel Reade Marcus.
“We are delighted to be working with the talented team at Corus,” said Frank Falcone, President and Executive Creative Director at Guru Studio. “We are looking forward to introducing our adorable characters and charming universe to preschoolers across the country.”
The series is also slated to air on Disney Junior Australia/New Zealand, Korea and India.
Earlier in the year, Guru Studio announced that Playmates Toys had acquired the master toy license for Pikwik with plans to bring to market a complete line of figures, playsets, vehicles, plush and role play items based on the series.
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 which was recently greenlit for its fourth season; 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. 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. 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
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com
Treehouse offers fun and imaginative commercial-free programming for preschoolers and their parents. Delivering a strong balance of entertaining, parent-trusted properties, Treehouse delivers high-quality children’s programming from Canada and around the world. Visit Treehouse at www.Treehousetv.com