TELETOON commissions August Media Holdings and Chocolate Moose Media to create a new season of “George of the Jungle.”
Singapore based kids’ media company August Media Holdings and Canadian production company Chocolate Moose Media announced a commission by TELETOON Canada Inc. for a new season of the animated series George of the Jungle.
Based on legendary animator Jay Ward’s George of the Jungle series (1967), the most recent series George of the Jungle (2007) aired on TELETOON and was broadcast with top ratings in more than 50 countries including Cartoon Network in the US. The second season will begin delivery in 2014, and will be distributed by DreamWorks Classics and August Rights. Produced for TELETOON Canada Inc. and licensed to international telecasters including Nickelodeon for Germany and Northern Europe and TVE Spain, the second series will be produced in Canada and Singapore.
The series follows the adventures of George, a clumsy yet lovable "King of the Jungle,” who despite his naïve nature and constant crash landings, always comes out on top. George’s jungle family includes his best buddy, an ape named Ape, friends Ursula and Magnolia, and his dog Shep (who is actually an elephant). With his boundless energy and endless enthusiasm, every day is a new adventure for George, filled with missteps and mayhem where there’s always another tree to smash into. Watch out for that tree!
Founder and CEO of August Media Holdings Jyotirmoy Saha (Moy) said, "Since 1967 more than three generations have loved George of the Jungle on TV. We are thrilled to bring the series back to the small screen and excited to be part of George’s future adventures.”
President of Bullwinkle Studios and daughter of Jay Ward, Tiffany Ward, said “With George being one of my all-time favorite characters, I'm absolutely delighted that the second season of George of the Jungle is in production. It's amazing to think that the original television series created 46 years ago has led to new productions including a Disney feature film and now a second TV season. I am eternally grateful for the ongoing legacy of George created by my father."
Veteran Canadian producer of Chocolate Moose Media, Firdaus Kharas said "The new George of the Jungle has had a Canadian home since 2007 and I'm delighted to be a part of its success. We are pleased to be working with August Media in Singapore in what I believe will be the first of many TV productions to come.”
Director of Original Content at TELETOON, Alan Gregg, said “TELETOON Canada is delighted to be working with our partners at Chocolate Moose Media and August Media Holdings to bring George of the Jungle back to Canadian television screens in a whole new set of adventures. George is a legendary character with a rich comedic history and this all-new season will be a great fit for our line-up of side-splitting comedy series for kids.”
Source: August Media Holdings
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.