Little Airplane & Spin Master To Debut Suzy Takes The Stage At MIP Jr.
Press Release from Little Airplane Productions
NEW YORK /TORONTO – August 4, 2010 – Little Airplane Productions and Spin Master Entertainment, a division of Spin Master Ltd., will debut their new property “Suzy Takes the Stage” (52 x 11 minutes) at this year’s MIPJunior, October 2-3, 2010. This marks the first time the property will be introduced to the worldwide community of program buyers. The announcement was made today by Josh Selig, President and Founder, Little Airplane Productions with Jennifer Dodge and Matthew Wexler, Executive Producers, Spin Master Entertainment.
"Suzy is hands-down the funniest and most positive female character we have ever created at Little Airplane,” said Selig. "We are thrilled to be joining forces with our partners at Spin Master Entertainment to bring 'Suzy Takes the Stage' out into the world!"
"Suzy Takes the Stage" is about a charismatic little girl who shares the big events of her life with her viewers from an extraordinary and ever-changing stage. Whether learning to ice skate with her dog Fuzz, or helping her little brother Dakota get ready for pre-school, Suzy and her family have a quirky, upbeat and always original perspective on the world. This is a pre-school series that features great comedy, great singing and larger than life personalities.
The series combines cutting-edge computer animation with elements of traditional theatrical stagecraft, such as trap doors, beautiful sets and lighting effects. It features a ground-breaking new animation style called Theatre Arts Animation, which has been created by Little Airplane for exclusive use on this series. Every episode is filled with original songs that are composed and produced by the Emmy Award-winning musical team at Little Airplane Productions.
The key developmental skills woven into each "Suzy Takes the Stage" episode are resilience and self-knowledge. Suzy is a highly confident girl who never gives up no matter how many obstacles come her way. The educational curriculum has been developed by child development expert Dr. Laura G. Brown ("The Wonder Pets!", "Ni-Hao Kai Lan").
“Once again Little Airplane has created a visually stunning animation style, featuring captivating characters that children around the world will adore,” says Jennifer Dodge. “Our partnership with this cutting edge team on the development of ‘Suzy Takes the Stage’ has been magical.”
About Spin Master Ltd.
A multi-category children's entertainment company since 1994, Spin Master has been designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer products for children around the world and is recognized as a global growth leader within the toy industry. Spin Master is best known for such popular brands as boy's action phenomena and 2009 Toy of the Year winner Bakugan Battle Brawlers, 2008 Toy of the Year winner Air Hogs, Aquadoodle, Tech Deck, Moon Sand, Liv, and Mighty Beanz. The company has also marked an entry into children's media with the launch of Spin Master Entertainment, a subsidiary focusing on the design, development and production of television and other media properties. Spin Master employs over 800 people with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Hong Kong and Mexico. For additional information please visit: www.spinmaster.com.
About Little Airplane Productions
Founded by Josh Selig in 1999, Little Airplane Productions created and produced “The Wonder Pets!” for Nick Jr., (winner of the 2009 Japan Prize for Best Television Series), “Oobi!” for NOGGIN and “3rd & Bird” for the BBC's CBeebies. Additionally, Josh Selig was the Head Writer for “Little Bill” on Nick Jr. He has received ten Emmy Awards for his writing on “Sesame Street” and was the Resident Producer of the historic Israeli/Palestinian “Sesame Street” co-production (winner of the 1998 Japan Prize). Josh writes a weekly column for KidScreen Magazine called "Planet Preschool" which can be read at www.kidscreen.com. Little Airplane has also launched the Little Light Foundation (www.littlelightfoundation.org). The mission of the Little Light Foundation is to create programming that will help children around the world learn about conflict resolution and mutual respect. For more information about Little Airplane Productions please visit www.littleairplane.com