Los Angeles, CA -- With the visibility of over 1.6 million art prints and two million greeting cards in the UK, amounting to more than thirteen million pounds in retail sales, an animated preschool series seemed to be the next logical step for the uniquely rotund and striped Impossimals characters, created by Peter and Jayne Smith. In addition to the UK, gallery presence for the Impossimals can be found in the U.S., Australia, Japan and China.
The Smiths had this to say about their new TV collaboration, “You know when something just feels right? Well, that's exactly how we felt when 3-time Emmy nominated Suppertime Entertainment approached us to make our Impossimal dreams come true. We have that giddy feeling all over again as we are joined by Canadian animation powerhouse Yowza, with its impressive client list and, if that wasn't enough, entertainment veteran Christopher Keenan of Creating4Kids has joined our creative journey too.”
Established over sixteen years ago, Toronto based Yowza’s talented crew are the recipients of numerous awards including four Geminis and two Emmys. According to Heather Walker, EP of Intellectual Property Development and Production, “Impossimals is the quintessential property that all producers love! As an existing brand we know there are eager children worldwide waiting to see their favorite Impossimal come to full animated life. We’re thrilled to be working with Peter and Jayne as well as SupperTime Entertainment in the U.S. together with Christopher Keenan, the project’s creative leader.”
A seasoned network and production executive, Christopher Keenan has over twenty-five years experience in animation and kids entertainment. Formerly he served as SVP of Creative Affairs at Warner Bros. Animation and also was head of programming for Kids’ WB! Most recently, Keenan executive produced ICONICLES for Cbeebies and currently, he is consulting for Hit Entertainment and story editing for Bix Pix Entertainment on Amazon Studio’s first original stop-motion animated preschool series. “I’ve been an enormous fan of Peter and Jayne Smith’s Impossimals for years, and it’s truly an honor to be working with them to bring some of their most vibrant and beloved characters to life in animation,” commented Keenan.
SupperTime Entertainment president, Gerry Renert, will assist in development and his company will manage publishing and merchandise, worldwide. As an Exec Producer/Creator, Mr. Renert, has been EMMY-nominated three times in the category of “Outstanding Animated Children’s Program.” SupperTime principal and former publishing executive, Liz Stahler, will manage the series merchandise and publishing, worldwide.
Source: Suppertime Entertainment