Content creation company marblemedia announces its partnership with Frank Saperstein (“The Ren & Stimpy Show,” “Pee-wee’s Playhouse”) and Surprise Bag Inc. to develop new animated comedy projects.
Toronto, ON – Award-winning Canadian content creation company marblemedia announced it is partnering with LA-based prime time Emmy nominee Executive Producer, Writer and Director Frank Saperstein (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse) and Surprise Bag Inc., to develop new animated comedy projects in the Kids and Scripted arena.
“We have such a strong history working with Frank on projects like TELETOON’s The Dating Guy,” said Matt Hornburg, Co-CEO and Executive Producer, marblemedia. “This is a natural step in deepening our collaborative relationship with an eye to accelerating marble’s production and distribution animated pipeline.”
“marblemedia’s progressive thinking, steady growth and existing infrastructure in production, digital media and distribution coupled with Surprise Bag’s global contacts, industry experience and creative acumen allows for a perfect synergy between the two companies,” said Frank Saperstein.
A prominent figure in the children, animation and family genres, Saperstein has worked on hundreds of episodes of television, pilots, feature films, short film and digital content. Prior to launching his own company, Surprise Bag Inc., Saperstein served as Senior Vice President at media powerhouse Entertainment One Group.
marblemedia’s Mik Perlus, Head of Development, Kids and Scripted, and Frank Saperstein, Owner and Executive Producer, Surprise Bag Inc., will be attending and taking meetings this week at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Surprise Bag Inc. is the latest endeavor of Frank Saperstein, who has served as Senior Vice President at Entertainment One Groupand Blueprint Entertainmentas well as Co-CEO and creative director of Philippine Animation Studio Inc. Surprise Bag Inc. is devoted to creating, developing, producing and packaging innovative content for a global audience. Saperstein has worked on numerous projects including Bob and Margaret (Comedy Central/Global), Captain Flamingo (YTV/Jetix) and The Dating Guy (marblemedia/TELETOON/HDNET). He is also known for working with companies including CBS, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Corus Entertainment, Global and Entertainment One.
marblemedia develops, produces and distributes engaging multiplatform entertainment experiences for audiences around the world. Named Transmedia Producer of the Year (2011) by Playback, marble has won two Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and was identified as a Next Generation Content Producer (2009) by The Hollywood Reporter. The company owns a 50-acre production ranch and operates a Toronto-based studio, home to 50 staff. With nearly 200 hours of programming distributed in more than 200 territories, notable projects include the award-winning hit preschool series This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung; the award-winning series Taste Buds; Skatoony, North America’s first animated/live-action quiz show; the animated comedy The Dating Guy; the teen competition series The Adrenaline Project; the physical game show Splatalot; What’s in a Name, a discovery of the history behind popular household names; and the first multiplatform series in American Sign Language, deafplanet.com. The company was co- founded by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg in 2001. Experience marblemedia at www.marblemedia.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.