Boston-based media and interactive studio FableVision is accelerating its expansion of new content development for multiple platforms. Tone Thyne has been named to the newly created position of Vice President of Creative and will spearhead the company’s development of original animated properties, including television, games, apps and other digital content, primarily for pre-K and youth markets.
“Joining FableVision is the kind of opportunity that most creative professionals can only dream of,” Thyne said. “There is a singular spirit at FableVision that I’ve long admired. The company’s status as a center for excellence in content development and production is long-standing and well-earned. I’m very much looking forward to collaborating with the team to channel our collective creative energies and ideas.”
Thyne was the supervising producer for Little Airplane’s hit The Wonder Pets! for Nick Jr., Go Baby! for Disney Junior, and Laurie Berkner’s co-creation Sing It, Laurie! for Sprout. He has written and directed episodes of 3rd & Bird, Sing It, Laurie!, Tobi, Small Potatoes, and The Wonder Pets! Thyne was an 11-year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation where he had a hand in classic animated films ranging from The Lion King through Fantasia Continued and everything in-between. He is currently the co-creator, designer, and executive producer of the new animated series The Adventures of Napkin Man!, airing on Canada’s CBC.
“FableVision has built a solid reputation for quality media, storytelling and interactives working with the best of the best in educational media,” FableVision Studios president Gary Goldberger said. “Now it’s the time for us to take advantage of our increasing momentum, and take the next step to accelerate and expand the development of our own original IP.”
Since its founding in 1996 by New York Times best-selling children's book author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds (Judy Moody, The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, The North Star) FableVision has earned national and global recognition for its award-winning work with educational publishers, broadcasters, nonprofits, museums, researchers, and institutions including Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, PBS Kids, and the Jim Henson Company. Based in Boston’s Innovation District and co-located at the Boston Children’s Museum, FableVision’s transmedia offerings include educational software, mobile apps, animation, websites, games, interactive graphic novels, museum kiosks, live-action, and digital storybooks.
“Right from day one, our strategy has been to find mission-driven talent who really care about using media, storytelling and technology to move the world to a better place,” said FableVision founder Peter H. Reynolds. “With his boundless talent and impressive industry experience, Tone is a perfect addition to the FableVision team. The next chapter of FableVision will be quite a story.”
For FableVision’s CEO Paul Reynolds, Thyne’s addition is all about seizing opportunity. “In a world where smart devices are proliferating around the globe, quality content is more valuable than ever,” Paul Reynolds said. “Tone’s leadership will help hasten FableVision’s emergence as a major original media development partner for global distributors who know they’ll need to keep feeding those billions of screens with fresh, quality content in the months and years to come.”