Foothill Entertainment Announces MIPCOM & MIP Junior Slate
Foothill is proud to re-launch at this year’s MIPCOM and MIPJunior markets the classic animated series Barney, produced by the late, legendary director John Coates (The Snowman and the soon-to-be released sequel Snowman and the Snowdog). Barney was an entry in the very first MIP Junior and Foothill acquired the rights to this classic children’s film more than 10 years ago. Interest in the work of Coates has spiked in recent years and Foothill is happy to bring this beautifully animated film featuring the lovely English sheepdog back to Cannes for the first time in more than a decade.
MIPCOM also sees the debut of a completely new creative direction for the live-action series My Momtourage and Me. Following hot on the heels of an intensive creative workshop featuring internationally renowned writers from all over North America and as far away as Australia, Foothill and its new partner on the project, Moody Street Kids, have elevated this unique and funny story of a girl and her celebrity Mom, into an hour-long comedy drama for the entire family audience. The pilot finds Eva Divine, an American pop star agreeing to perform and live in Las Vegas as well as star in her own reality series. But she has to get her 14-year old daughter Coco, who has been raised by her Dad in Australia, to come to live with her as part of the deal. Coco, at first thinks this is a great idea because her emerging life as a young woman kind of needs a Mom, but she was not ready for the less-than-normal life of a superstar Mom and her crazy celebrity life and entourage. My Momtourage and Me tells the story of how an estranged mom and daughter learn to find a place in each others hearts amidst the zany and glamorous world of celebrity.
Continuing its year-long drive to expand its reality and documentary shows, the Company has started taking delivery of a third season of the thrilling series featuring the Santa Barbara Firefighters, On Duty. The new season launches with exclusive high-definition coverage of reunion of lucky Mom and her two young children that were saved at the end of last season in a dramatic rescue that riveted an entire nation, from a nearly fatal crash which saw their car dangling precariously over a yawning chasm for hours until the courageous firefighters were able to pull them from the wreckage. Each week, this high-octane reality series delivers intense human interest and drama on a street-level scale. The entire first two seasons have been recently released on DVD by Mill Creek Entertainment.
Rounding out the new reality slate for this year’s market is Bizarre Buddies a hilarious and unique take on the competition talent show. This is the game show for the common man! No fancy sets or elaborate staging. Each week finds us in a local venue, seeking bizarre, interesting and unknown acts. No singing here! We locate 5 pairs of friends, where one friend in each pair “sponsors” the other and has to get that friend to perform his or her bizarre trick on stage. If the Talent friend backs out, the sponsor has to perform some humiliating “consequence” for our studio audience. Deliver the Act or Suffer the Consequence! The winner is crowned “Most Bizarre!” in that city.
Founded in September 2000 by former DIC Entertainment Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, Gregory Payne, and Jo Kavanagh-Payne, former Link Television Entertainment, Inc. Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations, Foothill specializes in the co-development and distribution of children’s and family entertainment programming. Their company is based in Santa Barbara, California. Foothill Europe is based in London.
Source: Foothill Entertainment