Developed by an all-female creative team, TeamTo’s original animated series follows an ordinary girl who is unexpectedly transformed into a legendary superhero.
TeamTO has announced the sale of all US and Latin American broadcast, digital, and licensing rights for the original 2D animated-action comedy, Jade Armor. The series is heading to Cartoon Network, joining the kids and family lineup as part of the network’s commitment to create more animation that appeals to and empowers girls. It will be available on Cartoon Network and HBO Max in early 2022.
Jade Armor follows Lan Jun, a seemingly ordinary teen whose life takes an unexpected turn when she puts on a mysterious jade bracelet. She is immediately encased in an indestructible suit of armor equipped with masterful kung fu moves and mystical Beasticons who bestow their own powers on her when called upon. It is now Lan Jun’s turn to embody the legendary superhero, Jade Armor. Together with the help of the Beasticons and her friends Theo and Alisha, Lan Jun must contend with both an evil array of super villains and the even more challenging trials of teenage life.
“We are extremely pleased that a show we have worked on so passionately, with an enormously talented team, will be part of HBO Max and Cartoon Network’s outstanding lineups,” commented executive produced by Corinne Kouper. “Head writer MJ Offen and co-developer Mary Bredin have worked tirelessly with co-creator and director Chloe Miller to blend a unique French idea with Chloe’s love of anime. The result is a highly original show with an exhilarating cast of characters with very universal appeal.”
The 26-half-hour series was greenlit with a sale to French kidscaster France Télévisions and German channel SUPER RTL, ensuring a premier broadcast platform for Jade Armor in the industry’s key global markets. The show is produced by TeamTO and executive produced by Kouper, who assembled a talented all-female creative team to bring the series to life. Co-creator Chloé Miller serves as showrunner; MJ Offen is head writer; Ghyslaine Pujol is French story editor; and Mary Bredin is co-developer.
“I have been fascinated with the idea of having a girl character with kung fu skills for many years, so Jade Armor comes from that place,” added Miller. “I have always been obsessed with anime, even as a small child, so I’m thrilled to bring some of that anime quirkiness to this series.”
“For me, this show is a trail blazer and was so much fun to develop - finding the strength in each character and really building exciting stories from there,” noted Bredin. “Lan Jun and her alter ego, Jade Armor is the lead of the show, but this is very much an ensemble show- there is real variety in the cast.”
“Working on the first script with Chloe and Mary, it was clear that we had a show which would really work with individual episodes as well as an amazing story arc,” concluded Offen. “Even the villains have a story arc! We’ve gone deep on all these characters.”
Jade Armor is based on a concept by M Pongo Kuo.
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