Studio B Prods. and TELETOON are partnering with Alison Snowden and David Fine (the Oscar-winning creators of BOB AND MARGARET) and Bejuba! Ent. for the animated series, RICKY SPROCKET SHOWBIZ BOY. Studio B Prods. will be co-producer and animation studio for the series with Snowden Fine. Bejuba! will distribute and exec produce the series set to air on Canadian specialty broadcaster TELETOON in the fall 2007.
RICKY SPROCKET ï¿½ SHOWBIZ BOY is a (26x22 or 52x11) comedy series aimed at kids 6-12. It follows mega superstar child actor, Ricky Sprocket, who is a regular kid with an annoying sister, too much homework, childhood issues and a crazy showbiz life. Ricky is funny and quirky as well as a real character with his own emotions and life concerns. He may be the worldï¿½s biggest star with loads of adoring fans, but he still has to take out the garbage.
ï¿½We aim to make Ricky Sprocket a smart and funny show with strong characters and stories kids will relate to,ï¿½ said Fine. ï¿½We are thrilled to be working with Studio B. Their creative energy and production expertise make this a great partnership and to have TELETOON as a broadcast partner is a perfect combo.ï¿½
ï¿½We couldnï¿½t be more thrilled to embark on another adventure with Studio B, and are very excited about our first partnership with Alison Snowden and David Fine,ï¿½ says Madeleine Lï¿½vesque, TELETOONï¿½s director of original production. ï¿½Considering the combined kids expertise of all the partners involved in this new production, we believe Canadian kids will have a blast with RICKY SPROCKET.ï¿½
ï¿½We are delighted to be working with David and Alison on this comedy series,ï¿½ said Blair Peters, Studio B Prods. partner. ï¿½RICKY SPROCKET is sure to be a hit on TELETOON and beyond.ï¿½
ï¿½I couldnï¿½t be happier with the team assembledï¿½, said Tatiana Kober of Bejuba! Ent. ï¿½I see the series having a real resonance with kids around the globe. What kid hasnï¿½t dreamt of being a star?ï¿½
Snowden and Fine (www.snowdenfine.com) recently moved to Vancouver after living in London for the previous 15 years. In the U.K., they produced short films and numerous ads as well their award-winning series, BOB AND MARGARET (produced with Nelvana Ltd.), which was a primetime hit on Global TV in Canada and Comedy Central in the U.S., where it was the cablenetï¿½s highest rated series after SOUTH PARK. Snowden and Fine have won numerous International awards for their work, including two Oscar nominations, finally bagging the trophy the third time for their short film, BOBï¿½S BIRTHDAY, which was the precursor for BOB AND MARGARET.
TELETOON (www.teletoon.com) is Canada's first and only 24/7 animation station, and is intended for both children and adults. With English and French language services, the network offers viewers classic cartoons and new animation from Canada and around the world. Founded in 1997, TELETOON is owned by Canada's Astral Media Inc. (40%), Corus Ent. (40%) and Cookie Jar Ent. (20%).
Bejuba! Ent. (www.bejuba.com) is an executive production company/distributor headquartered in Brechin, Ont., with offices in Los Angeles, working with producers to bring quality children and family productions to the marketplace. The company, established in 2003 by Kober, focuses on bringing production partners together, on closing gap financing and on distribution. Bejuba! is working with a number of companies on several different projects that include THE AMAZING ADRENALINI BROTHERS!, MONSTER WARRIORS, Tandem Filmsï¿½ short films and ZDFï¿½s childrenï¿½s programming in the U.S.
Vancouver-based Studio B (www.studiobproductions.com) is an award-winning animation studio that has produced original series, such as BEING IAN, YVON OF THE YUKON, WHAT ABOUT MIMI? and D'MYNA LEAGUES, which air in more than 90 countries around the world. Studio Bï¿½s international co-productions include SOMETHING ELSE and YAKKITY YAK, which airs on Nicktoons US and TELETOON. In addition to a full slate of service work, the studio is producing 26x22 new episodes of BEING IAN for YTV and CLASS OF THE TITANS (26x22) for TELETOON, both distributed by Nelvana Ltd.