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Guru Brings Two New Animated Series to MIPCOM

Guru Studio is coming to MIPCOM 2011 with two new animated series in development for preschoolers and 8-12 year olds, and a breakthrough magazine show for teens.

Port Little

Press Release from Guru Studio

Toronto, Wednesday, 28 September 2011…  Guru Studio is coming to MIPCOM 2011 with two new animated series in development for preschoolers and 8-12 year olds, and a breakthrough magazine show for teens.

Now in development for preschoolers, Port Little (26 x 11 min.) is an animated series about how people and things move and how transportation helps everyone share each and every day. Port Little is a bustling town where people go to solve their moving needs. It’s like a post office only instead of mail they move giant whales, prickly cacti and snowmen before they melt. Good thing they have the little movers, each with their own vehicle to help!

For 8-12 year olds, Shawn vs. Ben (26 x 22min.) is a tale of two frenemies. Shawn Bicker and Ben Ng have had a twisty history. And, it’s about to get even twistier. Ever since he was a tyke, 10-year-old Ben has been clashing with Shawn, a beefy 12-year-old creepstain who rules their ‘hood with an iron fist. No one has dared to stand up to the kid … except for the brave Ben, who’s been foiling Shawn’s schemes of pie-throwing practical jokes and/or town conquest since the two were in pull-ups. They’re like Batman and the Joker. Superman and Lex Luthor. Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. Pepsi and Coke. A true rivalry for the ages!

Guru’s new show for teens, Stash (26 x 22min.), is series of mind blowing short films and music videos, rolled into half hours of comedy and inspired weirdness. Each episode of Stash rips open the extensive video archive of Stash Magazine to showcase extraordinary short films and music videos of today’s most gifted directors.

“We are thrilled to be coming to Cannes with a diverse development state of programming for kid and teen audiences. These new programs demonstrate Guru Studio’s mission to produce innovative content that young audiences – of all ages – will want to watch,” said Mary Bredin, Vice President, Development & Acquisitions at Guru Studio.

About Guru Studio:A leader in creating high quality character driven entertainment for children, Guru Studio is the producer of the original hit animated preschool series, JUSTIN TIME. In addition, Guru boasts a history of producing award-winning animation and an ambitious development slate. Now in production on a second season of JUSTIN TIME for Family Channel Canada, Guru is currently in development on PORT LITTLE, an animated series for preschoolers; SHAWN VS. BEN, an animated series for 8-12 year olds; and STASH, a breakthrough magazine show for teens.

With a production history spanning more than a decade, Guru Studio is recognized for producing animation on the Emmy and Gemini award-winning preschool series THE BACKYARDIGANS for Nick Jr. and Corus/Nelvana, and MUDPIT for Teletoon/Cookie Jar, among many others.

In the distribution arena, Guru Studio retains worldwide distribution rights to JUSTIN TIME and has sold the series to broadcasters in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Finland and Israel. Guru will also distribute worldwide the company’s entire slate of programs now in development.

Led by President and Creative Director Frank Falcone, Guru Studio is a full service animation production studio providing a full spectrum of services including financing, concept development, pre- and post-production, marketing, and distribution of animated video content for all platforms. The Guru Studio team includes VP Development & Acquisitions Mary Bredin, head of international business development; and Development Executive Barbara Deignan.

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